Important Information about Support Animals:
- You first have to have a disability in which the support animal would help with.
- Understand the difference between the three types of support animals (ask Heather for more information).
- There are no certifications necessary for these types of animals (service/emotional support).
- Don’t fake a service animal.
- There is a significant cost to service and emotional support animals in terms of taking care of basic needs and veterinary bills.
- Service dogs have extensive training which can cost thousands of dollars.
- If you are seeing a mental health professional for the first time (and if you are requesting a letter), the professional would first have to complete an assessment which may take more than one session. Some mental health professionals will not write a letter recommending a support animal until you have established an ongoing therapeutic relationship.
- There are several instances in which a mental health professional may not complete a letter recommending a support animal, especially if the support animal is for a medical condition (epilepsy, migraine alert, allergen alert, guide dog, etc.) vs. a mental health condition.