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For many people, their pets are more of best friends than most family members are. The amazing loyalty and unconditional love offered by dogs are rather mythical, totally apt to their title of being man’s best friend. In fact, this emotional support they provide holds recognized therapeutic value for treating severe psychological conditions such as depression, anxiety, and even Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.
Many war veterans would happily testify that if it were not for their furry friends, it would have been difficult to get by maintaining sanity and life!
Parents of autistic children often find that the children greatly benefit from the cognitive support from a loving pet. However, unfortunately, not all people understand this special bonding. If you face problems in allowing your pet to stay with you at the rental place due to a no-pet policy, obtain an ESA certificate for residential immunity to your pet.
The benefits of an ESA certificate derives primarily from a legal provision called the Fair Housing Act. According to this law, a landlord must oblige with the therapeutic requirements of allowing to let the pet stay with the owner even if the property has a no-pet policy in place. The emotional support animal prescription essentially is a signed letterhead document from a registered medical practitioner. It clearly mentions that the person is under treatment for the specific emotional disorder and the presence of the pet holds therapeutic benefits for the owner.
The provisions of this certificate are fairly expansive, and it allows hassle free residential immunity except for certain particular situations. In fact, according to the Air Access Act, the ESA certificate is also a valid document to allow owners to carry their pets on flights.
It is necessary to be aware of the exceptions so that you can utilize the ESA paper to its full legal value. First, you should be aware that ESA certificate is not the same as Service Animal tag. The scope of the latter is more expansive where the animal performs critical duties like guarding a premise against intruders or being a life support companion for a blind owner. Nevertheless, since all pets provide emotional support, the owner can register the ESA certified dog with the National Service Animals registry.
These protective measures would permit the co-habitation of the pet with you unless you live in a rental with four units and the landlord also lives in the same premise. Furthermore, the ESA certificate does not allow the access of the pet into commercial places such as hotels, restaurants, and malls, etc.
The procedure of obtaining an emotional support animal prescription is easy. Visit a professional online service for the same and fill up the application form. The form would require you to mention the nature of your emotional anxiety and the reasons why you think the presence of your pet at your home is important. The eligibility form undergoes fast processing by experienced doctors. If your form is approved, the certificate is delivered soon, usually within 1 to 2 working days. For special cases, an actual property inspection may be in order to see if you are eligible for the therapeutic companionship of a loyal animal.