An emotional support animal letter (ESA letter) in West Virginia has a number of benefits. Getting an ESA letter online is seamless with verified and legitimate agencies like Pettable. Here's what the process looks like:
Take a Short Online Assessment
The first step is to take our online quiz, a short 3-minute pre-assessment to determine your need for an emotional support animal and ESA letter. The quiz will ask you a series of questions about your specific needs as well as pre-screen your mental health condition.
Attend a Virtual Mental Health Consultation
After completing the quiz, you will be able to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed mental health professionals located in your state. This is the person who will determine whether having an emotional support animal benefits your mental health condition and write you a legitimate ESA letter.
Present Your ESA Letter to Your Landlord
The final step for your West Virginia ESA letter process is to present the ESA letter to your landlord. The letter will enable you to keep your pet with you in your home and exempt your ESA from pet rent or restrictions. If you run into issues with your landlord, don't worry! We will support you throughout the process and provide any additional paperwork or help you communicate with your landlord. If you or your landlord are still not satisfied, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee.
Answer a few questions about your ESA needs
We'll match you to a professional in your state
Receive it within 24 hours of getting approved *
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.
In West Virginia, emotional support animals are recognized and protected under federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).
Under West Virginia law, emotional support animals aren’t recognized as service animals, like psychiatric service dogs. This means they aren’t granted the same rights to public access which, in West Virginia, includes public transportation vessels (planes, trains, taxis, buses, ferries, and streetcars), hotels, restaurants, hospitals/health offices, and places of employment.
Some individual states have more specific laws when it comes to service animals and emotional support animals. Still, people with disabilities living in West Virginia are protected under federal laws for assistance animals, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discrimination. This can include but is certainly not limited to equal opportunities for housing, employment, public transportation, and public access.
The Fair Housing Act (FHA) is another federal law designed to prevent discrimination regarding rental housing in the United States. This law makes it illegal for landlords to discriminate against prospective tenants regardless of race, ethnic origin, religion, gender identity, orientation, or having a disability — including one that requires an assistance animal.
The state of West Virginia supports and enforces federal emotional support animal housing laws put in place under the Fair Housing Act (FHA). This means that individuals who use an ESA have the right to live with their assistance animal in housing that doesn’t typically allow pets and are exempt from pet fees and other pet policies.
As is true under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) across all 50 states, in West Virginia landlords only have the right to refuse an emotional support animal or a service animal if they threaten the property or the health and safety of other tenants.
The main two requirements to qualify for an emotional support animal in West Virginia are to have a mental health disability, and for your emotional support animal to help alleviate the symptoms of your disability. When you consult with a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) they will be looking to confirm that both are true prior to writing you an ESA letter.
Owning a pet and referring to them as an emotional support animal isn’t the same as having them certified as an emotional support animal. Certifying your pet as an emotional support animal with a legitimate ESA letter from Pettable means your rights to your assistance animal are protected for housing, travel, and employment.
West Virginia residents who experience challenges related to mental health conditions can greatly benefit from the companionship of an emotional support animal.
The comfort, companionship, and unconditional love given by emotional support animals can be hugely helpful for those managing the effects of mental health conditions. Their consistent presence is grounding and provides a source of connection for individuals who need support managing stress and other symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, and more.
One of the top functions of an emotional support animal is to help manage the symptoms of a mental health disability. A few examples include symptoms of depression and anxiety, like low motivation, stress, and loneliness, as well as reducing fear or reactions related to certain phobias.
Having your assistance animal certified as a legitimate emotional support animal protects your right to live with them anywhere — even in rental housing that doesn’t typically allow pets. Service dogs and emotional support animals aren’t legally considered pets but rather medical tools used to help manage a disability, ESAs aren’t subject to pet fees or restrictions like other animals.
To get a psychiatric service dog in West Virginia you must first be diagnosed with a qualifying disability by a licensed medical or mental health professional. Their diagnosis is necessary in order for you to legally qualify for a psychiatric service dog.
Once you qualify, you’ll need a legitimate psychiatric service dog letter from your health professional. To be considered legitimate, a PDS letter must be on official letterhead, contain the health professional’s license number and contact information, and state that you meet the requirements for a psychiatric service dog.
Pettable is the best online provider for emotional support animal letters in West Virginia, with proven methods and guaranteed satisfaction. Pettable works with licensed professional mental health care providers in all 50 states, including West Virginia, to ensure your emotional support animal meets the requirements of being legal and legitimate and is afforded all the rights as such.
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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.
Pettable’s team of experienced professionals are experts at making sure your emotional support animal needs are met. Our providers across the country are vetted and ready to provide you with the necessary care and documentation to make your emotional support animal legal and legitimate. With no hidden fees and a guarantee that an ESA letter from Pettable will work for your needs, you’re sure to be satisfied with the Pettable experience.
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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.