Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter E is For Emotional Support Animals

Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge

I have chosen to write for the mental health topic. It is very important to me that we support all those with mental health issues and I personally suffer from a good amount of them myself.

E is for Emotional Support Animals.

The below definition for Emotional Support Animals was taken from Wikipedia. To read more click here:

An emotional support animal (ESA), assistance animal, or support animal, is a companion animal that a medical professional says provides some benefit for a person disabled by a mental health condition or emotional disorder. Emotional support animals are typically dogs, but are sometimes cats or other animals.

People who qualify for emotional support animals have verifiable psychological disabilities that substantially interfere with major life activities, such as anxiety disordermajor depressive disorder, or panic attacks.


I have severe anxiety and I have a cat. Well I did have a cat. She preferred my son and I couldn’t take care of her, but when I first moved into this apartment I had her registered as an emotional support animal and she was allowed here and they couldn’t charge me a yearly down payment or a monthly fee either.

I asked my psychiatrist how I went about getting her set up as an emotional support animal. She gave me the website. I paid the fee and the website issued me a certificate and a photo ID of my cat. Then I had to get a written letter from my psychiatrist to go with this. The fee at the time was $85 for the website and there was a fee for the doctor to write the appropriate letter. I moved into here with no problem from them or a down payment or monthly fee.


Advocate for mental health and invisible illnesses, also a devout Christian

Author – http://www.finallyawriter.com (this blog contains my old work mostly although occasionally I do add something new here), new work is mainly on this blog http://www.tessacandoit.com

2 thoughts on “Tenth Anniversary of the April Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter E is For Emotional Support Animals

    1. Tessa Post author

      Thanks, even my psychiatrist has one, a beautiful, huge friendly dog who loves to dig in hand bags while you are sitting there LOL!

      I miss her at times, but she and my son were meant for each other and I want her to be happy since the first 3 years of her life before I adopted her were so awful. They are off exploring the southern USA right now. He trained her (you usually can’t train cats LOL) to get in her carrier with a tap of a finger on the top and got her used to riding for long times in a vehicle and even used to a leash and harness so he could take her out to walk in parks as he discovered them. I could see the love between the two of them and I couldn’t take care of her even if she did want to be with me. She had picked her human and they are happy together. Who could ask for more.



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