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Emotional Support Animal Letter from ExpressPetCertify.com – Review

For some people, it can be hard to get through the day without the support of their favorite animal companion. For many, their pet becomes far more than a mere companion; it becomes what’s known as an Emotional Support Animal.  Where would we be if we didn’t have our cat waiting for us at home? What would we do if we couldn’t go to the park and enjoy the outdoors with our dog? How would we spend our time if not by being entertained by our snake? Who would we be able to share our love for if we didn’t have an adorable rabbit to have and hold?

So, what is an Emotional Support Animal? Depending on if you have a medical or mental health condition, you might find it almost impossible to be apart from your pet. It may even be the case that your doctor or therapist recommends you get an animal as part of your treatment. It may seem strange at first, but many have proven that having an emotional support animal is substantially beneficial. Also known as therapy pets, an emotional support animal can be just what you need for staying calm and comfortable. Where other forms of therapy have let you down or aren’t sufficient on their own, an ESA can improve your mental health and be an absolute life changer.

At Mango Clinic Miami, we understand why having an ESA letter is so important. This documentation will allow you to bring your ESA with you to more places than you would otherwise be allowed. If you’re living in an apartment complex that doesn’t generally allow pets, this letter would not only let you keep them, but you wouldn’t have to pay an extra fee. This letter also works for when you travel, since entities like airlines are known for denying passengers on flights and/or charging extra for pets. An ESA letter would allow you to travel with confidence, knowing that you won’t be denied a trip if you have the proper documentation.

Is ExpressPetCertify.com Legit?

When getting an ESA letter, you must always make sure you get it properly through the correct channels, so that it’s genuine. Otherwise, you won’t be able to fly with your pet or keep them with you at a residential complex.

However, sites like ExpressPetCertify.com attempt to trick people into throwing away their money for a false letter that won’t hold up as legit. This is why we have written this review explaining why you should stay away from them and what to look out for.

ExpressPetCertify.com may look nice and cute at first; it even has a cute dog on the links that take you around the site. The use of illustrations – as opposed to stock images – might make you think they’re the real deal. They even have an address, phone number, and email listed on their page, things that other scam sites don’t always have. However, as it turns out, this address cannot be verified. In addition to that, if you look up the address or phone number, you can find the site’s Better Business Bureau page, which has them at an “F” and with six complaints.

How Does ExpressPetCertify.com Compare to Mango Clinic?

Qualifying Patients

In order to qualify on ExpressPetCertify.com, you only have to fill out a questionnaire, after which you wait to get approved by a “licensed health professional.” On the main page outlining the process, there’s no mention of speaking with a doctor to properly qualify you, only that they may “follow up.” However, the FAQ page does say that you can set up an appointment to speak “with a licensed therapist,” which contrasts with the other info provided elsewhere on the site.

Mango Clinic will have you speak with a doctor via telehealth communication, who will assess your situation to see if you can be approved for an emotional support animal letter. Getting official approval from a licensed doctor is the only way to acquire a legal and valid letter.

Cost of an Emotional Support Animal Letter

ExpressPetCertify.com appears to have three packages for sale, with two of them being actual documentation. One of the packages is just “ESA Gear,” and for $79 it includes an “ESA ID card, vest and collar,” none of which you would ever need. This package also comes with a copy of your ESA letter, which would still need to be ordered separately. Then there’s the “2 in 1 Housing & Travel Letter” for $99; it says it will be accepted by several named airlines, as well as rental properties. It also says it will be signed by a “doctor, psychologist or therapist,” and that you get free same day delivery. Finally, there are the “3 ESA letters for the price of 1,” which doesn’t make sense if one letter on this site already costs $99. Other than including some of the same things as just getting one letter, this 3-in-1 is said to cover three pets and three “Family and friends,” as well as “Over 300 therapists at your service.”

Let’s start with the prices. A real ESA letter will never cost you $99; that’s too low and proves how little the company actually cares about providing you with valid documentation. Our letters range from $129 for housing, $149 for travel, and $189 for both. The higher price point is because we do everything correctly, the way it’s supposed to be done so that your letter is completely genuine. It should also be noted that you don’t need multiple letters if you have multiple animals, as one will cover however many you want to claim. They also don’t mention anything about renewals, which is essential because ESA letters do expire.

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Getting an Emotional Support Animal Letter

Among the links available to view is one detailing how you would go about getting an ESA letter on their site. This might be the most obvious red flag. Many other sites do the same thing: you fill out a questionnaire, choose which plan you want, then wait for a “licensed health professional” to review it so they can approve you. After this, they say you’ll receive your ESA letter “TODAY,” a strange claim since most of these sites say it would take a few days.

Getting a valid ESA letter is not this easy. Mango Clinic can provide you with a genuine certification, as we go about the process the correct way. You’ll speak with an actual certified doctor or therapist, either in-person or via telehealth, and from here you can be approved to get the proper ESA documentation.

What are the Guarantees?

ExpressPetCertify.com does not seem to present any guarantees that would make you feel confident about doing business with them. However, the individual product pages for the “ESA Letter” and the 3-in-1 respectively state “You will not be charged unless approved” and “Money back guarantee.” The latter on the 3-in-1 product page is the only time money back guarantee is brought up.

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At Mango Clinic, we provide you with a 100% money back guarantee if you are not completely satisfied and if your letter is not accepted for any reason. We can also be contacted if you have any questions.

While their website might look good on the surface, ExpressPetCertify.com is only interested in scamming you out of both your money and a true ESA letter. Instead, contact Mango Clinic Miami, who can provide you with a real letter that you can use, whether it’s for apartments, an upcoming flight, or both. Call us at (786) 391-0269 or visit our webpage to schedule an appointment today. To speed up the process, you may also complete this simple ESA Online form before you come in or call. 

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What You Need to Know About ESA Letters and Laws

Did you know that an estimated 61.5 million Americans suffer from some type of emotional or mental disability? Extreme stress, depression, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder are just some of the issues impacting some people’s lives. While they may be helped with therapy, medication, or a combination of the two, there are some with emotional disorders who can also benefit from the companionship of a pet. Emotional Support Animals are those pets that are designated by a mental health professional as essential to their owner’s mental health and benefit from several concessions in housing units and on airlines. If you have an emotional disorder and want to find out more about emotional support pets, here is what you need to know.

What is an Emotional Support Animal?

Emotional Support Animals are different from service animals, which are required to have specialized training and/or experience in order to help their owners. Emotional Support Animals, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, may sometimes perform tasks that require training but others provide assistance that requires no training. Any type of animal can be used as an Emotional Support Animal as long as they are providing the comfort and support their owner needs to treat their condition. Dogs and cats are very common ESAs, but others have used pigs, birds, hedgehogs, or even miniature horses as emotional service animals.

 

What Laws Are Related to Emotional Support Animals?

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Emotional Support Animal Miami FAQ

When you have a pet that has been certified by a mental health professional as an ESA, you will benefit from concessions in two laws: the Air Carrier Access Act and the Fair Housing Act. If you are considering going through the process of getting an ESA letter for your pet, you should be aware of how these laws will apply to you.

If you do not have an ESA letter and want to take your pet on an aircraft, you will be charged extra to have your pet in the cabin with you or your pet will be required to ride in the cargo hold. Under the Air Carrier Access Act, if you have an ESA letter for your pet, the airline cannot prevent you from keeping your pet in the cabin, require advance notice to allow you to keep your pet in the cabin, or charge you extra for this benefit.

The Fair Housing Act requires that landlords make reasonable accommodations for those with Emotional Support Animals even in housing communities that restrict pets. A resident who is in possession of a valid ESA letter cannot be denied housing because they have a pet unless that resident is neglecting the pet or the pet is doing significant damage to the housing unit.

To get these benefits for your Emotional Support Animal, you must have an ESA letter that meets all the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You may get one of these letters either by meeting with a qualified mental health professional in person or you may be referred to one through a valid online service that helps connect you with a therapist who can write you an ESA letter.

 

How Do I Get a Valid ESA Letter?

Valid ESA letters must be issued by a licensed mental health professional such as a psychologist, therapist, licensed clinical social worker, or psychiatrist. Many of these professionals will either require that you are a patient of theirs undergoing therapy or, if the process is done online, they will go through your medical records and interview you to determine your need for an ESA.

Some of the qualifying conditions to get an ESA letter are depression, anxiety, panic disorder or panic attacks, personality disorders such as borderline or bipolar disorder, fears or phobias, social anxiety disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder.

With your certified ESA letter, you will be recognized as a patient or a patient on a case-by-case basis under the care of a licensed mental health professional for emotional or mental disabilities. The letter also verifies that your disability significantly limits your daily life and affects your ability to perform everyday tasks. Finally, the letter will state the need for your emotional support animal as a necessary part of your therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions About Emotional Support Animal Letters

 

Do I Need to Get My ESA Certified?

Certification for an Emotional Support Animal is not only unnecessary, but it is technically impossible. There is no recognized registry for ESAs and ‘registering’ your animal will not give it any special privileges. To designate your pet as an Emotional Support Animal, you need only get a valid ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional. If you are working with a company that says they sell registered Emotional Support Animals or official ESA certifications, you are likely being scammed.

 

Can I Get an ESA Letter Online?

Yes, you can get an ESA letter online from an online company. However, you must be careful and look out for red flags that would indicate the service is not legitimate. The online company must connect you with a licensed mental health professional as that is the only valid way to get an ESA letter. If the service offers to ‘instantly’ approve you or tells you that your letter will be cheaper than other services, you are probably not working with a legitimate company.

 

Can I Buy an Emotional Support Dog or Other Animal?

No. Owners of animals are certified with ESA letters, not the pets themselves. If you see any ‘registered’ or ‘licensed’ Emotional Support Animals for sale, those who are selling them are not legitimate. Only those with valid mental or emotional disabilities can be approved to have an ESA and that approval can only come from a licensed mental health professional who has evaluated and/or treated you for your condition.  

 

What Type of Animals Make the Best ESAs?

This is a question without an easy answer because those with emotional or mental health disorders get support from different types of animals. In many cases, the ideal ESA will be the pet you already own. If you have a dog, cat, bird, guinea pig, or any other animal that gives you comfort and helps you manage your symptoms, you have the right Emotional Support Animal.

If you have a mental or emotional disorder and do not currently have a pet but think one might help you, your best bet is to go to a shelter. Spend some time with the dogs, cats, or other animals at the shelter and see which one offers you the most comfort. In many cases, dogs or cats make excellent ESAs because of their naturally loving temperaments, ability to be in the home, and because they do not need the specialized care that a more exotic pet would require.

 

What is the Difference Between Emotional Support Animals and Service Animals?

Service animals and Emotional Support Animals are not the same. Service animals must be specially trained to perform duties for their owners. In many cases, the owners of service animals are physically disabled. Service animals can be trained to assist those who are blind or deaf or who are in wheelchairs or who experience debilitating mental disorders.

Service animals are allowed by law into any private establishment while Emotional Support Animals are not. It is much more difficult and expensive to obtain a service animal as they must fit certain training criteria before they can qualify. Some service dogs perform psychiatric services for those with severe emotional or mental health issues while others perform more physical tasks for those who are hearing, seeing, or otherwise physically impaired. Because they perform crucial services for those with disabilities, service dogs have much more public accommodation than their ESA counterparts.

 

What is the Difference Between Emotional Support Animals and Therapy Dogs?

Emotional Support Animals provide valuable support and comfort by simply acting as a companion to their owners. Because they have one owner and can be with their owner at all times, the bond between owner and ESA can grow very strong. In contrast, therapy dogs are not usually owned by the people they provide treatment too.

Therapy dogs are usually brought into hospitals, nursing homes, or other facilities where treatment is being given to individuals with emotional or physical ailments to provide comfort. Service dogs may also be used in areas where a disaster, such as an earthquake or bombing, has occurred to provide support and comfort to survivors. Because they are not technically considered ESAs or service animals, they are normally not given the same accommodations as either group of animals.

Owners of ESAs must be careful never to misrepresent their animal as either a service dog or a therapy dog and must respect the laws that govern their pet.

 

Asking Your Doctor for an Emotional Support Animal Letter

If you are currently seeing a mental health professional for an emotional or mental disorder, it’s likely that your doctor is already aware of the many benefits of Emotional Support Animals. More than likely, if you bring up the possibility of obtaining one, he or she will be more than happy to issue you a verified letter.

If you are not currently seeing a mental health professional, you can still obtain a verified ESA letter. There are numerous online services that will provide you with a connection to a mental health professional who can go through your health records, evaluate you, and determine if you qualify for an ESA. If so, they can provide the verified letter that you will need for your pet to receive ESA benefits.

Here at Mango Clinic in Miami we can help you legally obtain your ESA letter, in person or online. Call us (786) 391-0269 or schedule an appointment online to speak to a licensed Board Certified Physician.

 

Where Can My ESA Live with Me?

With your verified ESA letter, your Emotional Support Animal can live with you in housing units, homes, condos, dormitories, or any other form of public housing. All of these facilities are included in the Fair Housing Act to accommodate you as a resident or student.

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