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How to Get an ESA Letter in South Dakota Online

The process of obtaining an emotional support animal (ESA) letter in South Dakota begins with a consultation with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) who is authorized to practice in your state. If you are using a telehealth service such as Pettable, you can connect with an LMHP online, from the comfort of your own home. If your therapist determines that you meet the eligibility criteria for an emotional support animal, they will write you an ESA letter that you can use for housing and other purposes. 

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Emotional Support Animals in South Dakota

For many people who struggle with mental health challenges, living with an emotional support animal can have significant therapeutic value. South Dakota law and federal law both recognize the potential benefits of emotional support animals, and thus protect the rights of ESA owners to equal access to housing. 

ESA Laws in South Dakota

South Dakota complies with the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These laws stipulate that housing providers cannot deny access to individuals with assistance animals. This includes emotional support animals in addition to service animals. As long as you can present a legitimate ESA letter, your landlord must make reasonable accommodations for your emotional support animal to live with you at the property.

ESA owners should bear in mind that although service animals have legally protected access to most public places, emotional support animals do not enjoy this same right. Commercial aircraft, workplaces, and other venues are under no legal obligation to admit your emotional support animal. If you would like your ESA to accompany you to an establishment that is not inherently pet-friendly, you'll need to ask the person in charge whether they will allow you to enter. Having an official ESA letter may help your case, but the decision is entirely up to the venue owner or manager (or your boss, if you’d like to take an ESA to your place of work).

For air travel, make sure to contact the airline as early as possible before your travel date. In the event that your request is denied, your ESA may still be able to fly with you as an ordinary pet, subject to the airline’s usual fees and policies.  

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How Do You Qualify for an ESA in South Dakota?

Only a mental health professional licensed in South Dakota can assess whether a resident of the state qualifies for an officially-recognized emotional support animal. Your mental health practitioner must conclude that you have an emotional disability or mental health condition that impedes your daily activities in some way. If this is the case, your therapist can make an emotional support animal an official component of your treatment plan and issue you an ESA letter.

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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 South Dakota

With our 100% satisfaction guarantee, experienced and empathetic mental health practitioners, and top-notch legal support, Pettable is in a different league from our competitors. Just take a look at how our services and customer ratings compare to those of other online ESA letter providers. 

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Verified Reviews: 4.8/5
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Google: 4.4/5
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Trust Pilot: 4.7/5
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Facebook: 4.6/5
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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."
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Bolutife "Bolu", LCSW-S, MPA

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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.

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Shaunae, M.S., LPC

Licensed Therapist
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.

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Michael, LPC, LCDC

Licensed Therapist
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.

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Jasmine, LCMHC

Licensed Therapist
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.

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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.

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Melissa, LCSW

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.

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