These resources include information about Emotional Support Animal Services. START has compiled this for ease and reference. Additional resources will be added as we get them, please check back from time to time. If you have additional listings you would like to see here contact alicia@STARTrescue.org.
What is an Emotional Support Animal (ESA)?
It is a well trained dog or other common domestic animal that provides therapeutic benefits to its owner through companionship and affection. This animal acts as a secure base for their owner whose illness limits one or more major life activities.
Only licensed mental health professionals and physicians are qualified to provide genuine and authentic ESA services so BEWARE of automated online services that claim to provide “real” ESA Letters of Prescription. Also, know that vests, ID cards, etc. are unnecessary and bogus products, and in no way “certify” your pet to be an ESA. Also, there is no national registry of ESA pets, so any site selling a Pet Registration is a fraud.
Emotional Support Animal Service Resources
Carla Black, MA, MFT, ATR – Psychotherapist Specializing in Emotional Support Animal Services
Carla Black been referenced as a strong supporter for ESA assisted therapy for those who genuinely need a support animal to cope with psychological trauma. This includes, but is not limited to PTSD veterans needing a companion to feel safe, to rape and abuse survivors who need the support and love of an animal’s unquestioning devotion.
As a strong advocate for the physical and mental benefits of Emotional Support Animal ownership; she has constantly worked to ensure that people with a genuine need get the prescription they need to keep their support animal with them throughout life in housing and travel situations. Whether in instances of travel, finding affordable safe housing, or other situations where a support animal is genuinely called for; hundreds of ESA pets and their owners are bonded safely in trust and progressive psychotherapy.