Getting an ESA letter in New York requires you to connect with a licensed mental health professional who can evaluate whether or not you meet the criteria for an ESA.
Thankfully connecting with a licensed mental health professional has never been easier. We've interviewed hosts of clinicians to find the ones with the most extensive mental health evaluation experience as well as a passion and expertise for support & service animals.
When you use our service will match you to the right clinician who is licensed in New York and has the experience to meet your needs.
An ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) will ensure you are approved for an emotional support animal (ESA).
There is also a nominal cost of $149 for an ESA letter through Pettable. The cost may vary depending on requirements, such as individual letters for housing and travel purposes. You can receive a discount if you purchase both housing and travel ESA letters through Pettable because accommodation and travel package costs $199.
Pettable is risk-free and guaranteed because we will refund your entire payment if the ESA letter you purchase is denied after applying for an emotional service animal. Once your ESA letter application is approved, we will send the letter 24 hours after your consultation with one of Pettable’s licensed mental health professionals. That ESA letter will certify you as a qualified ESA owner regardless of which state you live in currently or in the future.
Unlike other ESA letter providers online, Pettable guarantees you are approved for an emotional support animal using a letter from us. We also offer a full money-back guarantee so you know you’re not wasting your time. Our process is unique and our ESA letters are legitimate and approved by top licensed mental health professionals (LMHP).
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Receive it within 24 hours of getting approved *
We'll help with any extra forms you need signed and our therapists are available to talk to your landlord anytime.
* 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.
To get an emotional support animal in New York City you need to have a mental or emotional disability.
Additionally, your pet needs to help alleviate symptoms of that mental or emotional disability in some way.
Thankfully, the Big Apple understands how hard it can be for people who suffer from mental or emotional disabilities to cope in their day to day. As a result, NYC supports and endorses emotional support animals as part of someones ongoing mental health treatment.
The policies and regulations enacted by the state are friendly towards ESAs and we'll cover them more in depth below.
New York State recognizes the need for emotional support animals when it comes to those that have emotional or mental disability. Anyone in New York who struggles with mental health is eligible to receive an emotional support animal certification. An ESA is an animal that helps its owners cope with mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Emotional support animals don’t have the training of a service animal, another assistance animal, or more specifically, service dogs. They are more so meant to help their owner’s mental or emotional disabilities with their presence alone, not the specific actions they commit. That's why it's easier for a mental health service provider to determine whether a legitimate emotional support animal is necessary.
Emotional support animal laws in New York City follow the precedent set at the federal level. As a result, there is not much variation between the guidance we see at the federal level vs. the state level.
Below we'll dive into the specific of how each law applies to New York City residents and their emotional support animals as well as how it might differ from the federal regulations set forth regarding ESAs.
As a predominantly renting population, New York tenants have rights and responsibilities. The most a housing provider can do is ask to see the ESA letter and, under the Fair Housing Act, must allow the emotional support animal to be on the property with reasonable accommodation. The only way housing providers could refuse housing is if the animal proves to be a direct threat to other residents or animals through their actions.
ESA housing laws such as the federal Fair Housing Act are law nationwide. They give the ESA owner the emotional support animal laws to be able to keep their ESA with them regardless of a provider's policies.
An ESA does not receive that same training; they also do not receive the same benefits and assurances from the ADA that service animals do. Service animals are trained and provide an essential service to those with mental or physical disabilities. In New York City, service animals can be present in public accommodations while an ESA is not.
Most states have laws that prevent an employer from discriminating against an employee based on their mental or physical disability.
Getting an emotional support animal in New York means you need to connect with a licensed mental health professional who can evaluate your need for an ESA.
The easiest and best way to qualify is to find a clinician that has extensive experience with mental health evaluations as well as expertise with emotional support animals in particular and schedule a consultation.
After completing the quiz and receiving authorization from our clinicians to work with you, you will be matched with an LMHP from your state and will have an over-the-phone consultation with them. You’ll complete a mental health evaluation to determine if you qualify for an ESA. Once one of Pettable’s licensed mental health professionals determine whether an ESA is essential to your care and well-being or not they’ll proceed accordingly. If they decide that an ESA is essential to your well-being, they will then write a legitimate ESA letter and receive approval in as little as 24 hours.
They Provide Mental and Emotional Encouragement
Emotional support animals provide comfort to owners with certain mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety disorders, specific phobias like agoraphobia and aerophobia, and depression.
They Calm Anxiety on Planes
ESAs can help people with specific phobias, such as aerophobia (fear of flying in airplanes). Some people find it an excruciating experience to travel on planes and this is why certain airlines allow aerophobic passengers to travel with an emotional support animal that can provide support by reducing anxiety. There are methods of receiving your ESA access on a plane through the Air Carrier Access Act.
An ESA Provides Social Support
Those with mental and emotional disabilities oftentimes need a social companion to meet their emotional and mental health needs. When you’re living alone and experiencing mental issues, having an ESA gives you a reason to go out for a walk, maybe a run, or spend time outdoors. These are all good activities for helping to maintain your mental well-being.
Receive approval for a psychiatric service dog (PSD) you must have been diagnosed with a mental illness or psychological condition. This must be verified by meeting with a mental health specialist and then confirming that a PSD would be useful to help the patient cope with their condition such as depression, anxiety, phobias, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, ADHD, or schizophrenia. The meeting with a licensed mental health professional should provide clarification on the type of psychiatric service dog breed that best fits your needs.
While any condition that qualifies for an ESA also qualifies for a PSD is much different than from an ESA. A PSD is trained to do work that allows people with psychiatric disabilities to function in everyday life.
Receive a PSD letter by completing quick phone consultation with a Pettable therapist. The PSD letter will then be delivered in the next 24 hours.
Obtaining a PSD letter or an ESA letter is a key step in regaining mental and emotional stability. No matter what state you live in, mental health should always come first. If you are a New York resident and feel the need to acquire an ESA letter or a PSD letter, then contact Pettable today.
1. We Guarantee Our Letters Will Work For You
We believe you should not have to worry about your letter working or not. That's why at Pettable we offer a satisfaction guarantee - meaning your letter works or you get your money back.
2. World Class Mental Health Professionals
We have built a team of world class mental health professionals who can write you a PSD Letter prescription guaranteed to work anywhere you go.
3. Unparalleled Customer Support
We know getting your animal approved to travel or live with you can be stressful, which is why we invest so much in our team of dedicated support specialists to make sure you are always taken care of and have the support you need!
4. Licensed in all 50 states
Our network of mental health professionals is deep and spans across the entire country. Additionally, we have a deep team of mental health professionals to make sure we can meet any timeline.
5. Best In Class Legal Support
We are here to make sure your housing and travel needs are taken care of so you don't worry. Our legal team is dedicated to having your back should you need it!
6. Human Connection & Legitimate Evaluations
In order for your letter to work you need to have a live consultation with a mental health professional. At Pettable we make sure our clinicians adhered to HUD standards and conduct consultations over the phone to get to know you and your mental health situation well.
Pettable is the best provider because we're committed to making sure the process works for you. That means working with the best and most experience mental health professionals in the psychiatric service dog letter space, as well as providing a guarantee that your letter will work for you. We back all of this up with outstanding customer support, a renowned legal team, and a commitment to making sure you have an increidble experience.
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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.