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Emotional Support Animals (ESAs)

Emotional Support Animals can help ease symptoms of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. In the state of Florida, with an ESA letter, pet deposits for housing and travel are waived. Emotional Support Animals do not legally require a specific training. You are allowed to do the training your self. Emotional Support Animals are different than Service Animals, which require trainings that are very specific to a disability or a disorder. In order to make your animal an Emotional Support Animal, you or your loved one must get a letter from a Licensed Mental Health Professional. The licensed mental health professional must determine that you or your loved one has an emotional disability that is listed in the DSM (The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Health Disorders). If the identified condition substantially limits you or your loved one’s ability to function in at least one major life activity and an Emotional Support Animal could help treat or ease the symptoms, then your animal could be classified as an Emotional Support Animal. For a small fee, Clay Community Counseling can help you have your animal classified as an Emotional Support Animal today. Contact Clay Community Counseling for more information.

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