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How To Get An ESA Letter In Texas Online

To get an emotional support animal letter in Texas you need to attend a consultation with a mental health professional licensed in Texas. The licensed mental health professional will determine whether you qualify for an emotional support animal and right you your letter (ESA letter).

We understand that finding a clinician with convenient availability and expertise in emotional support animal evaluations can sometimes be challenging. If you need to get in touch with a clinician ASAP we can help, simply click the link below to get started.

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If you’re a Texan living with mental health challenges, an emotional support animal might be just what you need, and to make it official, you can get an ESA letter online with Pettable. Just take our quick assessment and meet virtually with one of our Texas-certified licensed mental health professionals. Within 24-48 hours, you’ll receive your ESA letter, which will open up significant advantages with housing and give you some well-earned peace of mind.

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Our fast and simple process:

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Answer a few questions about your ESA needs

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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 Texas

Anyone struggling with a mental or emotional disability can benefit from having an emotional support animal and is eligible to have one in Texas.

Pet lovers in Texas can make any domesticated animal an ESA, whether it’s a canine companion or a scaly sidekick. All that matters is that the animal provides you with some sort of relief from your emotional distress. Although ESAs don’t have the same federal protections as service animals do, there are still some regulations that ensure your assistance animal can live with you wherever you go.

Emotional Support Animal Laws In Texas

ESA Laws in Texas mainly follow federal guidelines when it comes to emotional support animals so there are not a ton of surprises when it comes to ESAs in Texas.

The main laws you need to be aware of as an emotional support animal owner in Texas are the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (FHA). These two laws dictate where emotional support animals are allowed to go at a federal level, so these laws apply to any state you reside in. The two laws mainly break down housing rights and the right to travel with your ESA on an airplane.

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Texas Emotional Support Animal Housing Laws

The Lone Star State has the Texas Fair Housing Act, a state law that mirrors the federal Fair Housing Act (FHA) and protects service dogs (or in some cases, service-trained miniature horses). Both regulations prevent discrimination against disabled individuals and their assistance animals — both service animals and ESAs. They prohibit landlords from denying your ESA or charging you any pet fees, despite any standard no-pet policies. As long as your ESA doesn’t pose a threat to any other residents or the property, it can live with you in any non-single-owner housing, such as apartment complexes or multi-family rental houses.

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Be Aware of Emotional Support Animal Registration Scams in Texas

Unfortunately, some companies target individuals who want an ESA by claiming to offer “official certification” or “registration” — both of which are bogus promises. There is no such thing as ESA certification or registration in Texas. An ESA letter is the only thing you need to prove your animal’s credentials. If you find a company trying to sell you on either, it may be a scam, so make sure to only trust a reliable ESA letter provider like Pettable for ethical and honest assistance animal resources. 

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How Do You Qualify For An ESA In Texas?

In order to qualify for an emotional support animal in Texas you need to connect with a mental health professional licensed in the state of Texas.

An easy way to find a clinician is to use a telehealth marketplace like Pettable. We focus an enormous amount of effort on interviewing and vetting licensed mental health professionals in Texas that have extensive experience with emotional & mental health evaluations as well as expertise and a passion for emotional support and service animals. What helps us stand out and guarantee the quality of our service is the team of clinicians we work with daily.

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Benefits of an Emotional Support Animal for Texas Residents

They Provide A Healthy Routine

Pet lovers know how much responsibility a domesticated animal requires, and with all the care your ESA needs, you can establish a healthy routine that improves your emotional well-being. Whether it’s taking your dog for a walk, getting in some playtime with your rodent, or feeding your starving snake, an ESA guarantees that you have something to focus on other than mental health issues.

They Support your Mental Health

An ESA can support your mental health in so many ways, whether it’s through encouraging you to get out of bed, coaxing you to be more active, or promoting a healthier lifestyle. They also can give you the love and companionship that only your beloved assistance animal can provide.

ESAs are Exempt from Pet Rent, Fees, and Deposits in Texas

Thanks to the Texas Fair Housing Act (and the federal FHA), you can save money by not paying pet fees or deposits to potential landlords. No matter what their standard policies are, they are prohibited from making it harder for you to live with your ESA.

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How to Get a Psychiatric Service Dog in Texas

If you need more assistance in public spaces, transit, or air travel, maybe a psychiatric service dog (PSD) is what you need. If that’s the case, Pettable can help you through the entire process. If you already have a canine companion, all you need to do is train it to perform specific tasks related to your mental health disability — and you can trust Pettable’s online PSD training program. Once you’ve completed our convenient online courses, we’ll even give you a PSD letter to give you peace of mind as you navigate life with your new assistance animal.

In Texas, ESAs and PSDs are very different beasts. A PSD is a dog of any breed that is trained to perform one or more tasks to directly aid your mental health disability. With that distinction, your PSD can accompany you in public accommodations such as grocery stores, shopping malls, medical facilities, and governmental buildings. On the other hand, an ESA is not considered a service animal since they simply provide companionship and emotional support, so they are only given protection in housing.

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Why Choose Pettable?

Pettable boasts a nationwide network of highly experienced mental health specialists, available to assist you in all 50 states. Our expert team is ready to furnish you with an ESA letter that holds weight both locally and across state borders. Whether you're addressing inquiries from a landlord requiring additional documentation, your dedicated Pettable mental health specialist stands by your side.

1. Rest Assured with Our Letters
No need to fret about the effectiveness of your letter. At Pettable, we offer a satisfaction guarantee, ensuring your letter works as intended, or your money is fully refunded.

2. World-Renowned Mental Health Professionals
Our roster includes world-class mental health professionals, capable of crafting an ESA Letter prescription that's recognized in all 50 states.

3. Unmatched Customer Care
We understand the stress of securing approval for your furry companion's residence. That's why we've invested in a dedicated team of support specialists to ensure you always have the assistance you require.

4. Licensed in Every State
Our extensive network of mental health experts covers every corner of the nation. Plus, our robust team ensures we can meet even the tightest timelines.

5. Personalized Evaluations for Genuine Connections
We prioritize the authenticity of your letter, and that begins with a live consultation with a mental health professional. At Pettable, our clinicians adhere to HUD standards and conduct in-depth phone consultations to truly understand 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?

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. We broke down the different services offered by every ESA service. And we looked for unbiased reviews from 3rd party sites.

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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


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


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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Marvy Beckman


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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