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Emotional Support Animal (ESA)

Care Counseling and Resource Center in Aventura now offers ESA letters for those struggling with anxiety and depression.  

Emotional support dogs are dogs that provide comfort and support in forms of affection and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional conditions. An emotional support dog is not required to perform any specific tasks for a disability like service dogs are. They are meant solely for emotional stability and unconditional love. They can assist with conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder/mood disorder, panic attacks, fear/phobias, and other psychological and emotional conditions.

Under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), an individual who meets the proper criteria is entitled to an emotional support dog to assist them with their life. The FHAA protects individuals by allowing their emotional support dog to live with them (even when there are no pet policies in place). The ACAA protects individuals by allowing the emotional support dog to fly with them in the cabin of an airplane (without having to pay any additional fees). Any dog can be an emotional support dog, and emotional support dogs do not have to be professionally-trained as long as a letter from a mental health professional is presented.

 

You are required to present a letter from a mental health professional recommending that you have an emotional support dog for your current mental health condition. You may be asked to present this letter by your landlord when renting a home or apartment or by airline staff when flying.

 

When renting a home or condo the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) gives individuals the right to live with their emotional support dog regardless of any building or residences with a no-pet policy. Building managers or landlords may not refuse your emotional support dog. You are required to have a current (within the past year) letter from a doctor or mental health professional recommending that you have an emotional support dog for your condition.

 

When Flying With Your Emotional Support Dog the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) allows emotional support dogs on airplanes when individuals with emotional support dogs are traveling. A written letter from a mental health professional is required by the airline that is not more than one year old. Also, your emotional support dog must be trained to behave appropriately in a public setting. There is no additional charge to travel with your emotional support dog. You are required let your airline know 48 hours before your scheduled departure that you are bringing an emotional support dog so that they can make the proper accommodations for you.

If you have an ESA pet and you need a letter contact us today and we will help. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Care Counseling and Resource Center
17071 West Dixie Hwy, Suite 103
Miami, FL 33160
305.505.4284

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