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Questions Most People Have

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​Hi, Joanne Williams here and I wanted to wrap this up by straight up answering most of the questions I get. By far, the biggest question I get is…

Are ESA Letters a Scam...

Here’s the big headline:

Let’s face it and look at this logically: It can’t be a scam If you are following state and federal law,.

But that doesn’t mean any old slap-dash letter will do. You must have a psychological evaluation and The letter must state the 2 qualifying factors. You have a qualifying medical disorder and a prescription for an emotional support animal.

 The media makes money by publishing outlandish stories of ESA’s. It’s big business. Don’t be fooled. For every over the top story there are 100’s of 1000’s of happy ESA owners whose animals truly help them. 


The airlines have distorted the image of ESA’s to their own advantage in an attempt to keep ESA off planes and flying for free. When in reality they have the duty and responsibility to accommodate handicapped passengers. 


The have always had the right to refuse ESA’s who are unruly or untrained and could have done so at any time. They didn’t because they wanted to create outrage. Again, it is about money.


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However, there are some things to be careful of online. The biggest caution is if an online company is selling products, like a vest or ID cards but NOT offering a psychological evaluation, then anything you get from them is not legally approved and it is NOT legal.

  • If they want to sell you a separate letter for housing or airlines, it isn’t necessary.
  •  If what they are offering is too cheap, run. The next question which pops up is....

    Should you get an ESA letter from your doctor or Online?

    Legally speaking, both will do. But there are some differences you should be aware of. One, a doctor can’t support you if you need back up or someone to verify your letter with authorities. Two, a doctor probably isn’t aware of what MUST go into an ESA Letter to make it good for both housing an airlines. 3. Doctors are busy and many don’t like, or have the infrastructure necessary to fully qualify you.


Take everything you hear in the media with a grain of salt. 

  • The media makes money by publishing outlandish stories of ESA’s. It’s big business. Don’t be fooled. For every over the top story there are 100’s of 1000’s of happy ESA owners whose animals truly help them.

    The airlines have distorted the image of ESA’s to their own advantage in an attempt to keep ESA off planes flying for free.

    When in reality they have the duty and responsibility to accommodate handicapped passengers. The have the right to refuse ESA’s who are unruly or untrained and could have done so at any time. They didn’t because they wanted to create outrage. Again, it is about money.
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    The next question we are asked a lot is...

    Does your ESA animal have to be trained to do specific tasks.


    The short answer is no. An ESA DOES NOT, however a service dog, or service animal does. 

    This is the difference between the two.Having said that, you won’t make many friends with an untrained ESA. The law does state you have to be in control of your animal and not be unruly.


    I hope you enjoyed this free course and it answered some of the top the mind questions for you. We have a much more in-depth course coming up which we gave you a taste of in the overview video before this one.

    Before we create this course, which let’s face it, cost us time, money, and hiring videos professionals, is this something you would be interested in? If we had to charge a token payment ($9.99) for the entire course as outlined to break even would you still be interested in it? Leave your comments below.

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    ​Let's Summarize:

    • ​With 2 federal laws backing them, ESA Letters are not a scam
    • The media has a vested interest in promoting outragious media stories about ESA's.
    • Your family doctor is not the best choice for an ESA letter.
    • ESA animals do not have to be trained, however service animals do.


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