How to Get an Emotional Support Animal in Indiana

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Indiana Laws on Emotional Support Animals

An can truly be your life-saving asset. Ranging from rabbits to dogs (and many other species, these loveable hairy friends are there to bring your spirits up when they're low, listen without judgment, and cuddle when loneliness feels imminent. Unlike service animals, an emotional support animal (ESA) isn't individually trained to carry out a particular task for someone with a disability.

The Fair Housing Act (FHA) and Indiana prohibit discrimination in housing accommodations against those who have disabilities. The disabled should also have an equal chance to use as well as enjoy the home just like any other person. Your landlord should also not charge you any extra fee for having an ESA – but you might have to pay for any damages caused by your animal.

Notwithstanding, to take advantage of this, it isn't enough to claim that your dog is an emotional support animal. You will need a formal ESA letter to prove that the animal helps you manage your disability as well as to be able to keep your ESA with you in Indiana, and this is where DoNotPay comes in. Alongside helping you keep your ESA, we'll also help you with all your ESA-related concerns.

What Is an Emotional Support Animal?

An ESA refers to a pet that provides emotional support. Emotional support animals don't need any special training, further than normal pet training. Dogs and also cats are the most common, although any can be an ESA.

And since ESA's are covered under the Fair Housing Act, you can have it in your home even if there's a "no pet" policy. You can also board a plane with your small ESA free of charge. ESAs aren't allowed to enter into other public places that don't usually allow pets, like shopping centers and restaurants.

How Do Emotional Support Animals Help People?

Improves Your ScheduleSchedules and routines may be very important, yet, schedules may seem tedious. A pet requires care and a certain routine. You must feed them, you have to walk them, bathe them, play with them, etc. Setting your schedule to be based on their needs, can also impact your other day-to-day tasks.
Improve Memory and FocusPets are very good at keeping person-centered. If you forget to feed them, they will remind you. If you feel lost in thought, they can give you a nudge to remind you that they are there.
Improve SleepIf you are someone who suffers from hyperactivity, you may feel unable to rest well at night. After running, walking, playing, and focusing on your pet throughout the day, you may be able to rest more at night.
Relieves StressPets provide unconditional love to their owners. They are unable to yell or do things that may stress you. This can give you a sense of confidence and reduce your risk of depression or anxiety.

What Is an ESA Letter?

An ESA letter is a legal document from a licensed mental health professional (LMHP) which entails a:

  • Recognition that you're a patient on a case-by-case basis under an LMHP's care for emotional or mental disabilities.
  • Verification that you've considerably limited a specific disability such as depression or any other condition that affects your mental health.
  • A prescription that you need an emotional support animal as a necessary reinforcement for your mental health.

Who Can Write an ESA Letter in Indiana?

An ESA letter may be written by any licensed mental health professional, stating that the animal is part of your therapy treatment plan. The professionals include:

  1. Licensed Therapist
  2. Primary Care Physician
  3. Licensed Mental Health Professional (including psychiatrist or psychologist)
  4. Licensed General Physician

How to Ask For an Emotional Support Animal in Indiana

When you approach a doctor or a professional of choice who is licensed to prescribe an ESA letter, you need to know what to ask for. The professional will check your condition, determine your needs, and then decide if you need an ESA to manage symptoms. Opening up about mental health may be challenging, and this is why you require an honest and open discussion with a professional.

They should be able to help you in understanding how the animal will help you to attain mental well-being, as well as recommend to you a good, licensed Mental Health Professional. You should always ensure that you're asking for an ESA letter for the right reasons, not just to avoid paying extra pet fees.

How to Get Hold of an Emotional Support Animal in Indiana

Since there's no special training required when acquiring an ESA, you only need a pet. You will just need to decide the kind of pet that's best for you and then look for any local places to adopt one. If you already have a pet or once you acquire one, it will need to be certified as an ESA. Else, acquiring an ESA is pretty much the same as acquiring a pet.

Are Landlords in Indiana Required to Accept ESA's?

The simple answer is yes!

Under Indiana housing laws, your landlord is required to allow you to own an emotional support animal so that you can enjoy the home like any other person out there. To qualify for this, you must be disabled and should also have a disability-related need for the animal. If your landlord rejects an ESA without giving any valid reason, you can file a complaint against them.

How DoNotPay Can Help

Through our new Service and Emotional Support Animals product, DoNotPay can help you with all of your ESA-related concerns, including asking airlines about their accommodation options, contacting your landlord about your ESA, and finding the most affordable online ESA-letter service in Indiana.

  1. Search "service animal" on DoNotPay.

  2. Select the type of issue you need help with, including contacting your landlord about your ESA/service animal, asking your airline about ESA options, or requesting ESA/service accommodations at other venues.

  3. Answer a series of questions about your present situation and the details of your ESA/service animal, so we can generate the best results for you.

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