Pretty much nowadays, just about everywhere you look, you’re likely to find an Emotional Support Animal (ESA) offering comfort and companionship to someone suffering from an emotional disability (maybe more than one, in fact).
Around here, we strongly believe that “dogs are the best medicine” and offer a great alternative to helping mitigate the symptoms associated with PTSD, General Anxiety Disorder, and depression.
Maybe the “ESA idea” is new to you, and if that’s the case, then you have come to the right place because we’re going to talk soup to nuts about these California Assistance Animals.
Let’s start by defining what is an Emotional Support Animal.
Recently, I was at the local convenience store and noticed an older fellow accompanied by a yellow Labrador. Judging by the vest, the Lab was a service animal.
And no sooner than two minutes later, an ambulance comes blaring out of the fire station located across the street. Loud noise, flashing lights, all sorts of ruckus — which was quite problematic for the older fellow.
Sensing his hander’s discomfort, the Lab springs into action, lovingly and patiently brushing up against the fellow’s leg, in an apparent attempt to draw attention away from the ambulance.
Amazed at the effort, I am here to report the Lab’s efforts paid off, as the handler was able to push through his discomfort.
And that right there is a Service Animal. Either a dog or horse, typically Service Animals undergo rigorous specialized training, given situational instruction to offer aid to their handler.
Now, that you understand in principle the role of a Service Animal, let’s discuss Emotional Support Animals.
Types of California Emotional Support Animals
Pretty much any domesticated animal can be qualified as an ESA. From cats to dogs, horses to ducks, you’ve got a broad berth to choose your ESA, pretty much up to your personal preference.
Take Fido, for instance, that lovable 130# Rottweiler. Is he well-behaved, doesn’t pull on the leash in public, won’t chew off your neighbor’s face? Does Fido provide you with a sense of calm and well-being?
When the day gets tough, do you go home and give Fido a big hug?
I know I do.
The primary purpose of an emotional support animal is to provide its handler with companionship and comfort.
If you’re thinking, but that doesn’t require any specialized training, then I say, you’ve hit the nail on the head.
Unlike a Service Animal, Emotional Support Animals do not require any specialized instruction.
ESA Laws in California
Once again, let’s begin by discussing trained service and psychiatric animals. Here, under the auspices of the Americans With Disability Act (ADA), these animals are granted nearly complete access in the public space; hotels, restaurants, and shops are game.
On the other hand, an Emotional Support Animal in California has limited rights (by Federal and State law). Under the state Fair Employment and Housing Act, housing providers are required to offer reasonable accommodations for people with emotional support animals. Federal Law (Fair Housing Act) provides ESAs access to fee-free no-pets-allowed housing.
It’s important to keep in mind the differences between the various Assistance Animals so that you can avoid unintentionally breaking the law.
California residents also enjoy expanded rights under state employment law. I am referring to the Unruh Civil Rights Act, the California Disabled Persons Act (CDPA), and the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). A dig deep into those laws reveals much more protection for service animals, but ESAs also enjoy some extended protection.
Here, a business owner cannot discriminate by an employee’s disability, whether it be physical or mental.
There are guidelines, of course, which include your accompanying animal helps you in the execution of your job and daily tasks, and must not endanger the safety and well-being of your colleagues.
This exception applies to Service and Emotional Support Animals!
Having familiarity with the various Federal and state laws will help you to optimize your rights, thereby enjoying your ESA to the max.
You’ll be more informed about where you can take them, you’ll avoid pet fees, and you can keep them with you in the workplace.
Flying with your ESA in California
Another set of Federal guidelines, the Air Carrier Access Act, allows you to travel with your ESA animal uncaged at your feet in the main cabin.
It’s critical to call your airlines 48 hours before departure, allowing them enough time to provide you with a reasonable accommodation.
Also, you’ll need to have the proper documentation — a letter, not more than a year old, from a licensed mental health care provider prescribing you an Emotional Support Animal.
Without ever leaving the comfort of your home or office, you can qualify for an Emotional Support Animal. To qualify, you must complete the following steps.
1. Prescreening your mental health
You will safely and securely complete our brief mental health screening. This anonymous assessment will allow us to determine if you should connect with a mental health professional.
2. Shop ESA letter consultations
While face-to-face therapy can cost upwards of $350 for a single session, our total cost ranges from $149 to $199. That’s all-inclusive, just pay one flat fee, and that’s it, you’re never out another dime. We won’t soak you with hidden fees.
3. Consult with a licensed professional
Via telephonic or video sessions, you’ll speak with an in-state licensed mental health professional to assess your disability and disability-related need for an emotional support animal. Follow-up care will also be offered.*
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We both know an animal's companionship, and unconditional affection can bring happiness to a family or a person’s life.; this can be especially true for those struggling with anxiety, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, sleep issues, and other recognized emotional disabilities.
Thankfully, various Federal Laws, including the Fair Housing Act and Air Carrier Access Act, provide qualified individuals, along with their Emotional Support Animal, access to no-pets-allowed housing, travel amenities, and protection against discrimination, eviction, and unfair fees and deposits.
Through a mental health care provider-issued letter of prescription, these animals are a practical treatment option, bringing comfort and help minimize negative symptoms associated with a wide variety of emotional disabilities.
To bring this idea to the masses, we created ESADoggy, an organization built on a foundation of compassion and kindness toward people and animals in need.
Or, just give us a call at 800-372-4125 to speak with a member of our Client Support Team.