Emotional support animals (ESAs) are assistance animals who bring their owner's therapeutic benefit and companionship through their presence. ESAs can be any domesticated species of animal such as dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, pigs, reptiles, or birds. ESA laws often differ between states. While all states protect ESAs in terms of housing rights – as per federal law – some states are more lenient when it comes to recognizing the rights of ESAs in terms of public access rights.
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* For California residents, effective January 1, 2022, new law AB 468 requires those seeking an ESA letter for dogs to establish a client-provider relationship with the individual for at least 30 days prior to providing documentation, which will result in having two consultations before qualifying.
Although ESAs provide many therapeutic benefits and are regarded as assistance animals to many individuals, they are not regarded as service animals under Louisiana law. Louisiana law reflects that of federal law and specifically, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the ADA, service animals must be individually trained to perform specific functions related to the handler’s disability. For example, a dog who helps a blind owner to navigate the world or a psychiatric service dog (PSD) who wakes its owner from a nightmare.
Under Louisiana law, owners of public enterprises like restaurants and hotels do not have to allow ESAs like they do service dogs.
While ESAs were once recognized by the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), the Department of Transportation (DOT) has since changed these laws. Airlines are only legally permitted to accept service animals and it is up to their discretion whether they allow ESAs. Oftentimes, ESAs may be subjected to conventional pet fees.
Any person with a qualifying mental or emotional health condition can qualify for an ESA in Louisiana. An official ESA letter can legitimize your need for an ESA and this can be obtained through Pettable. We can connect you with a licensed mental health practitioner (LMHP) in your state.
While ESAs might not be allowed in every public space, an ESA letter can legitimize your claim and might work in smaller, independent restaurants and stores. It is also worth obtaining one if you want to appeal to your employer about bringing your ESA to your place of work.
ESAs have many benefits to their owners, including the following:
ESAs are able to reduce anxiety levels and mitigate the symptoms of many mental health conditions. They bring unconditional love, positive routine, and purpose to their owners lives. They have also been shown to reduce stress levels and boost happy hormones.
ESAs can be incredibly beneficial for owners who struggle with public transport or public spaces more generally. Their presence can reduce feelings of overwhelm and provide grounding and a sense of safety.
Animals are social creatures and form strong bonds much like their human counterparts. ESAs give their humans a great sense of connection and offer social support.
The process of obtaining an official ESA letter is simple when you work with Pettable. We will connect you with a licensed practitioner within your state and arrange a tele-consult. Once you have met with them and discussed your ESA needs, they will write you an official letter confirming your need for an ESA within 24 hours.
We have a large network of LMHP who understand ESAs. We connect our clients with reputable practitioners who believe in the value of ESAs. Our service is quick, simple, cost-effective and risk-free. If for some reason you do not qualify, you’ll get 100 % money back.
For more information on obtaining an official ESA letter with Pettable, or enrolling in our online training classes, get in touch with our team.
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Bolutife "Bolu", LCSW-S, MPA
Equipped with over 13 years, Bolu has worked with various populations (adolescents, couples, families, and adults), but finds passion in working with the BIPOC community suffering from trauma.
Shaunae, M.S., LPC
I have worked in the mental health field for 10 years with experience across diverse populations and communities. I’m dedicated to ensuring the best care possible.
Michael, LPC, LCDC
I graduated from UT Dallas with my BA in Psychology, University of the Southwest with my MS in counseling, and California Southern University with my PsyD in Psychology, but have been an LPC and LCDC since 2011.
I graduated with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. I completed my Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Since graduating, I have been working in private practice.
Rhiana, MA, LPC, LAC
Licensed Professional Counselor
I primarily work with people experiencing homelessness. I began doing emotional support evaluations to increase housing access to all.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Substance Abuse Counselor. I graduated from the Catholic University's National Catholic School of Social Service with a Master of Social Work.