All About VA Therapy Dogs

Emotional Support Animal All About VA Therapy Dogs

Everything You Need to Know About a VA Therapy Dog

In the second week of 2021, many airlines stopped allowing emotional support animals, like peacocks, pigs, many cat breeds, and a significant number of dog breeds. With that being said, if you have a VA therapy dog, you should have no problem getting your therapy animal to fly with you in the cabin of any airline.

Unfortunately, many veterans are unaware of the benefits they are entitled to regarding their support canine. Today, we're delineating everything you need to know about owning a VA therapy dog.

What Is an ESA Letter?

An ESA letter (emotional service animal letter) is a letter written and signed by a licensed mental health professional. If you have a VA therapy dog, you don't need an ESA letter, and you will probably never need to search for an ESA example letterWith that being said, if you have an ESA dog, you can turn to DoNotPay to learn more about what the Fair Housing Act has to say about emotional support animals.

Any of the following licensed healthcare specialists can write up an ESA letter:
  • Clinical social worker
  • Psychologist
  • Registered nurse (RN)
  • Certified counselor
  • Doctor's assistant
  • licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Psychiatrist
Some of the common mental conditions that qualify individuals to receive an ESA letter:
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic stress
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention deficit disorder

What Does the Fair Housing Act Say About Emotional Support Animals?

According to the 1988 Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, as well as the second title of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973's 504th section, a landlord's pet-free policy does not apply if you have an emotional support animal. With that being said, if your landlord has said that no animals may live on the premises, you will need your psychiatrist to write a letter on your behalf indicating that your animal is an emotional support animal.

What Does the Fair Housing Act Say About VA Therapy Dogs?

According to the Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, any landlord anywhere in the country must reasonably accommodate any service animal, including VA therapy dogs. That said, if your disability is not obvious, your landlord may serve as for you to provide documentation proving your disability.

There is a pretty good chance that your landlord will request proof of your disability if they have a no-animal policy. That said, DoNotPay can quickly and simply reach out to your psychiatrist or doctor, requesting that they send proof of your disability to your landlord.

Can You Take Your VA Therapy Dog to Work With You in Texas?

Yes, Texas disability law allows veterans to take their Veterans Affairs therapy dog to work with them. If your employer refuses to let you bring your dog to work with you, DoNotPay can help you sue them in Small Claims court, earning you up to $300 and making them perform up to 30 hours of community service.

Where to Turn if You Need Help With Your VA Therapy Dog

If you are having problems related to your VA therapy dog, you should turn to DoNotPay. It doesn't matter whether an airline is trying to tell you that your dog has to fly in the cargo hold, your landlord is saying you can't have an animal in your apartment, or your boss is saying your support canine is not allowed in your civilian workplace; DoNotPay can help in just three quick and easy steps:

  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 current situation and the details of your ESA/service animal, so we can generate the best results for you.


You don't have to do anything else. Whether you need to take your VA therapy dog on an American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, or United Airlines flight, you need to take your dog to work with you, or you need your dog allowed in your new apartment, DoNotPay will take care of it on your behalf.

DoNotPay Is Seamlessly Universal

It doesn't matter whether you want to know how to certify a therapy dog through the VA in Texas, learn more about writing an ESA letter for housing in California, or you want to know if a VA-certified therapy dog can come to work with you at your civilian job in North Carolina. DoNotPay works seamlessly in every town, county, and state in the country. If you have a VA therapy dog-related question, DoNotPay is the ideal resource.

Other Pet-Related DoNotPay Products

DoNotPay can quickly, easily, and successfully improve your quality of life if you need to take your VA therapy dog somewhere. That said, DoNotPay can also help you with other pet-related concerns you have, like

Similarly, DoNotPay can help you with:

  • Reporting suspected animal abuse to your local Animal Control office
  • Reporting dog bites

How Else Can DoNotPay Improve Your Quality of Life?

In addition to getting you in touch with your local Animal Control office and asking your mental or physical health doctor to send documentation to your landlord, you can turn to DoNotPay to help you get in touch with:

  1. Customer service at any company without waiting in the phone queue
  2. The Department of Motor Vehicles
  3. Your County's Auditor or Treasurer Office to help you lower your property tax bill

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