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Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Letters for Ohio Residents

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How to Get an ESA Letter in Ohio Online

At Pettable, we make getting an ESA letter online easy for Ohio residents. To get started, take our online ESA assessment so we can determine your eligibility before we connect you with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) certified in the Buckeye State. Next, your LMHP will evaluate you and officially diagnose your condition before issuing you a legitimate ESA letter recognized by the state of Ohio — which you will receive within 24-48 hours of your approval.

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The Pettable process for getting an ESA letter is always straightforward, and our world-class customer service is guaranteed to satisfy you at every point — even after your ESA letter has been issued. Whether you’re an Ohioan or a resident of any other state, Pettable can match you with the best LMHP for your situation.

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Our fast and simple process:

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3-minute assessment

Answer a few questions about your ESA needs

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Consult with a therapist

We'll match you to a professional in your state

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Receive it within 24 hours of getting approved *

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We'll help with any extra forms you need signed and our therapists are available to talk to your landlord anytime, for an additional fee.

* 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.

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Emotional Support Animals in Ohio

Anyone with an emotional or mental disability may be eligible for an emotional support animal in Ohio. 

Ohio acknowledges the challenges of mental health struggles and the benefits for many of having an emotional support animal as part of a treatment plan. Because of this, they have approachable laws and policies in place to protect the rights of emotional support animals and their owners.

ESA Laws in Ohio

Federal laws with respect to emotional support animals are also in force in Ohio. The state also fines any individual who falsely claims to have an assistance animal. 

On the rest of the page, we'll dive deeper into specific Ohio laws regarding housing, travel, employment, and public access for ESAs. Let's explore all of your benefits, protections, and rights as owner of an emotional support animal in Ohio.

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Ohio ESA Housing Laws

Ohio follows the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA), which states that landlords must accommodate emotional support animals as long as the requested accommodation is within reason, and the tenant can provide a valid ESA letter. This law includes housing providers that otherwise enforce a "no pets" policy. 

This law also requires landlords not to charge any extra fees for living with an assistance animal, nor impose any weight or breed restrictions on the animal. They can, however, refuse to accommodate an animal if it poses a direct threat or causes damage to the property.

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Ohio Fair Housing & Employment Act

At this time, there is no law in Ohio requiring employers to accommodate an emotional support animal. However, under the Americans with Disabilities Act, they must not discriminate against an employee for their disability and are required to accept trained service dogs or psychiatric service dogs. 

Some employers may be lenient in this regard. If you feel you'd benefit from your ESA accompanying you to work, bring your ESA letter and ask your HR team if you could work something out together.

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How Do You Qualify for an Emotional Support Animal in Ohio? 

To get an emotional support animal (ESA) in Ohio, you must have a qualifying mental health or emotional disorder that is alleviated by the presence of your pet. Although it doesn’t come with all the perks of a psychiatric service dog (PSD), owning an ESA can make a significant difference in a disabled person’s life. Any mental health condition may qualify, but an example of potential qualifying mental health conditions include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety or panic disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Schizophrenia

However, to get your ESA letter in Ohio, you’ll need to be evaluated by a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) certified specifically in the Buckeye State. That letter must include the provider’s name, license number, official letterhead, diagnosis, and the symptoms your ESA alleviates. 

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Benefits of an Emotional Support Animal for Ohio Residents

They Provide Support for Your Mental Health

If you’ve been struggling with mental health challenges, an ESA can make a world of difference. Pet lovers know how their animals’ love and affection can positively impact their lives, and that includes helping them through bouts of depression, anxiety, and excessive stress.

They Give You a Healthy Routine

When you have a mental health disorder, motivation can be a major struggle. Taking care of an ESA can give you a routine to follow, with activities such as a daily walk with your dog, cleaning the cage for your hamster, or feeding your slithering snake. Your ESA depends on you — and that can provide you with all the motivation you need.

You Can Live Anywhere With Your ESA

When you have an official ESA letter, your assistance animal can double as your roommate. Not only can an ESA bypass “no pet” policies, but your ESA letter also compels landlords to waive any pet-related fees. As long as you and your animal behave, you’ll be able to enjoy movie nights and morning snuggles with your ESA.

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How to Get a Psychiatric Service Dog in Ohio

If you think a psychiatric service dog (PSD) will benefit your life even more than an ESA, Pettable has you covered. First, complete our online PSD assessment and make a telehealth appointment with one of our Ohio-certified LMHPs. Next, your assistance animal needs to learn how to perform tasks specific to your mental health diagnosis, so enroll in Pettable’s convenient and trusted online PSD training program. The flexibility of our training program fits your needs and schedule, so you and your canine companion can start accompanying you wherever you need them. We’ll even issue you a PSD letter after your dog is fully trained, so there’s no doubt your furry friend is a qualified service dog.

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Why Pettable? 

Pettable boasts a well-established network of experienced mental health professionals available across all states. They're ready to assist you in securing an ESA letter recognized both within and outside your home state. Whether you require assistance addressing queries from a landlord seeking additional documentation, your dedicated Pettable mental health specialist has your back.

1. Our Letter Guarantee
Rest easy with the assurance that your letter will do its job. At Pettable, we stand by our commitment to customer satisfaction, ensuring your letter works, period, or you receive a full refund.

2. World-renowned Mental Health Experts
Our team comprises world-class mental health professionals capable of providing an ESA Letter prescription that's guaranteed to be accepted wherever you live in the United States

3. Unmatched Customer Support
We understand the stress associated with getting approval for your animal to live with you. That's why we've invested significantly in a dedicated support team to ensure you're always well taken care of, providing the support you need.

4. Licensed Across All 50 States
Our extensive network of mental health professionals covers the entire nation, and we've assembled a robust team to meet any timeline.

5. Personal Connection and Genuine Evaluations
To ensure the effectiveness of your letter, we require a live consultation with a mental health professional. At Pettable, our clinicians adhere to HUD standards and conduct thorough phone consultations to understand you and your mental health situation.

Why Pettable?


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.

Why Pettable is the Best Online ESA Provider in Ohio

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 experienced mental health professionals in the ESA 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, and a commitment to making sure you have an incredible experience. 

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Verified Reviews: 4.8/5
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Trust Pilot: 4.7/5
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What our pet parents are saying

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I had an incredible experience with Pettable. I had just moved and was looking for a new therapist, but knew an ESA would really help me with the transition, so I came to Pettable to get documentation so I didn’t have to wait months to get approval from my landlord to bring a pet home. The process was straightforward, timely, and made me feel so valid in my journey. Now I am raising a puppy and never been happier and healthier! I can’t recommend Pettable enough! 
“The process was straightforward, timely, and made me feel so valid in my journey.
Maddee W. Dog parent
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My pup provides relief in stressful situations, particularly when I'm away on necessary travel. Pettable was an amazing resource, connecting me with a therapist who listened to my situation and provided advice above and beyond. I could hear Rhiana's compassion over our call and appreciated her patience. Grateful for this service!"
“I could hear Rhiana's compassion over our call and appreciated her patience.
Austin K. Dog parent
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You were very attentive and I’m very satisfied with the provider I was assigned with, thank you again for helping relieve the stress of not being able to take my furry baby to our new home."
“Thank you again for helping relieve the stress.
Lauren M. Cat parent
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Meet Our Top Licensed Clinicians

Jennifer Bronsnick

MSW, LCSW

Jennifer Bronsnick is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Anxiety Treatment Specialist, & Heartmath Certified Trainer. She provides customized workshops and trainings to working professionals and teams to help build resilience and reduce stress with practical strategies.

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Emilie Kay

MSW, LCSW

I graduated with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before obtaining my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2021. I have eight years of experience in the mental health field working in and with various populations, including case management, intake coordination, and residential, inpatient, and outpatient programs. I am certified in Brainspotting to help individuals deeply process negative emotions and trauma/significant life events. Additionally, I utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and safety planning in sessions/groups.

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Kassie Claughton

LCSW, Clinical Social Work/Therapist

I offer extensive experience supporting individuals in both outpatient and residential settings in the fields of social work and mental health. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor-II, Substance Abuse Professional, Certified First Responder Counselor, and Board-Certified Telemental Health Provider.

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Marvy Beckman

LCSW

As a clinical social worker, I have been able to work within multiple types of settings, such as hospitals, community centers, and family welfare. I enjoy having the clinical and administrative experience to holistically serve those I work with.

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