If you’re a South Carolina resident who is eligible for an emotional support animal (ESA) letter, you've come to the right place. Thanks to modern technology, the approval process for emotional support animals has never been easier. To get started, choose a telehealth platform like Pettable that can connect you with a mental health professional licensed in your state. If this therapist determines that you meet the criteria to be an ESA owner, they will write you an official emotional support animal letter that you can use for housing and other purposes.
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Emotional support animals have helped countless individuals cope with mental health challenges such as depression and anxiety. If you already own an emotional support animal, or are considering getting one, the good news is that both South Carolina law and federal law are supportive of your right to live anywhere with your emotional support animal – even in a “no pets” rental property.
In South Carolina, there are strict laws regarding assistance animals that all ESA owners should know about. Misrepresenting an assistance animal (i.e., an emotional support animal or a service animal) is prohibited and is punishable by a fine of $350 - $1,000 for a first offense. The fine increases for subsequent offenses.
This is one reason why ESA owners in South Carolina should be aware of their rights. As in the rest of the United States, service animals are allowed in nearly all public places in South Carolina, but emotional support animals are not. If you'd like to take your ESA with you to an establishment (or workplace) that is not explicitly pet-friendly, you will need to ask the owner or manager for permission. In the case of your workplace, you’ll need to ask your boss. Providing them with your ESA letter will help legitimize your request, though whether they admit your ESA or not is entirely at their discretion.
The same rules apply to commercial aircraft, in accordance with the Air Carrier Access Act. If you’d like to fly with your emotional support animal, you should contact the airline as soon as possible to submit your request. The airline representative may make an exception for your ESA, although they are under no obligation to do so. If your request is denied, you may still be able to fly with your ESA, as long as they travel as an ordinary pet and you agree to pay the usual pet fees.
On a more encouraging note, thanks to the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), ESA owners have additional rights when it comes to housing arrangements. Provided you have a valid ESA letter, your housing provider must make reasonable accommodations for your emotional support animal to live with you. This includes rental properties that typically have “no pets” policies. Additionally, landlords are not allowed to impose pet fees or breed or weight restrictions on emotional support animals.
If you're hoping to obtain official status for your emotional support animal through an ESA letter, you first need to find out whether you meet the criteria. Only a licensed mental health professional has the authority to assess your eligibility. This practitioner will evaluate your symptoms and determine whether you have a disability-related need for an emotional support animal. If so, they will issue you an official ESA letter.
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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.