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Emotional Support Animal (ESA) Letters for Pennsylvania Residents

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How to Get an ESA Letter in Pennsylvania

The process to obtain an emotional support animal letter in Pennsylvania is relatively straightforward. This is especially true when you work with an online ESA provider, such as Pettable. You simply need to be evaluated by a licensed mental health professional who can practice in your state. They can assess your symptoms and write you an official ESA letter, if you qualify. 

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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.

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Emotional Support Animals in Pennsylvania

If your mental health and well-being would benefit from having the companionship of an emotional support animal, Pennsylvania is amenable to your needs. The state's laws and policies are in line with the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which protects the rights of assistance animals and their owners. In particular, you are guaranteed the right to have your emotional support animal live with you, provided you have a valid ESA letter for housing. 

ESA Laws in Pennsylvania

Although under federal law, service animals are legally entitled to be admitted to most public venues (including workplaces), emotional support animals do not have the same protection. This includes shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, theaters, and libraries. If you wish to bring your ESA with you to one of these places, make sure to present your ESA letter to the owner or manager (or your boss) and ask whether they would consider accommodating your needs. 

Airlines are subject to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) and their policies on emotional support animals are, in practice, similar to other establishments. They are not required to accept emotional support animals – only service animals. If you are planning a trip and want to take your ESA with you, contact the airline in advance to see whether they will allow your companion animal to board the aircraft. You should always provide your ESA letter as proof of your official status. Should the airline refuse, your emotional support animal may be able to travel with you as an ordinary pet – in the cabin, if they're small enough to fit in a carrier and the airline permits it, or in the cargo hold. You’ll have to read up on the airline’s usual pet policy. Otherwise, you could consider training your ESA as a psychiatric service dog (PSD) so that they will be permitted to join you in the cabin for future flights.

You’ll find that the laws surrounding housing in Pennsylvania are amenable to emotional service animals. The Fair Housing Act (FHA) stipulates that landlords must make reasonable accommodations for ESAs and their owners, as long as they can provide a valid ESA letter. This is the case even if your housing provider has a no-pets policy. Your ESA letter also exempts you from any pet fees and weight or breed restrictions that your landlord might otherwise impose.

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How Do You Qualify for an ESA in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, if you have a mental or emotional disability, you may be entitled to obtain official status for your emotional support animal. However, only a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) can determine if you have a qualifying condition. If they determine that you do, they can make an emotional support animal an official part of your mental health treatment plan. 

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Why Pettable? 

You can put your trust in Pettable. Our world-class therapists and our incredible customer support team will do everything in their power to make sure your ESA letter works for you. In the unlikely event that it doesn't, we'll provide you with a full refund as part of our customer satisfaction guarantee. 

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 Letter Provider in Pennsylvania

It's easy to see that Pettable is the best choice when it comes to online ESA letter providers. With our user-friendly online services, you’ll receive a live consultation with a highly experienced LMHP, our 100% satisfaction guarantee, and transparency every step of the way. Take a look at our glowing customer reviews and see for yourself how we compare with our competitors! 

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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.
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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.
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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."
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Meet Our Top Licensed Clinicians

Jennifer Bronsnick

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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

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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

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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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