How it Works
Getting a legitimate emotional support animal letter in Washington is quick and painless.
At ESAPet, we can easily connect you to a licensed mental health professional and help you receive an ESA letter in Washington State online.
2 Minute Screening
Begin by taking a short, confidential assessment to determine if you are a good candidate for an ESA letter or a PSA Letter.
Talk to a Therapist
We'll set up a Telehealth appointment with a licensed mental health professional in your state.
Get Your ESA Letter
Once approved you will receive your ESA letter in 24 hours.
Washington State and Emotional Support Animals
Washington officials understand the need for and importance of emotional support animals, especially concerning an individual’s health. Therefore, several laws have been passed to protect the rights of emotional support animals and their respective owners.
An emotional support animal helps in many ways. For example, an ESA may provide companionship, comfort, and even relief from various mental health conditions (e.g., stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and more).
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How to Get an ESA Letter in Washington
To qualify for an emotional support animal in Washington, you must be evaluated by a mental health professional licensed in Washington. While you could look for local practitioners, it’s much easier to schedule everything online through ESAPet.
With the rise of telehealth, connecting to licensed therapists and mental health professionals has never been faster. We have a network of state-licensed mental health experts that are familiar with ESA regulations in Washington.
They will evaluate your symptoms and determine your eligibility for an emotional support animal. Some of the conditions that are likely to qualify you for an ESA letter include:
- Learning Disorders
- Panic Attacks
- Cognitive Disorders
- Attention Deficiency Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
- Social Anxiety Disorder
- Certain Phobias and Fears
If you suffer from any of the above conditions, then you may be a good candidate for an ESA letter in the state of Washington.
Elements of a Legitimate ESA Letter
An ESA letter must include certain items to be considered legitimate, valid, and legally binding in Washington.
First, it must state that you need the emotional support animal to help you cope with the symptoms of a mental or emotional illness. The letter is not required to specify the exact condition or even symptoms you’re experiencing.
Additionally, for the ESA letter to be legit, it must contain:
- The name and signature of the licensed therapist
- The date
- The state where the letter was issued
- The license number of the therapist
- The need for the ESA for the owner’s mental health benefit
- Some details about the pet (as needed)
ESA Laws in Washington
The State of Washington is keen on promoting the health and wellness of all residents. As such, there are various state and federal laws that safeguard emotional support animals and those who need them.
Washington ESA Housing Laws
The state of Washington strictly adheres to the Fair Housing Act (FHA).
According to the FHA, landlords or property managers cannot deny reasonable accommodation to tenants because they have an emotional support animal.
In other words, the law prevents housing providers from discriminating against people with disabilities. The Fair Housing Act makes it clear that emotional support animals are allowed to live with the handler and accompany them any place within the residential building.
Housing Service Health Concerns
Washington also provides guidance on health concerns for ESA housing. For example, emotional support animals may present challenges if:
- Another resident has animal-related allergies or phobias.
- The animal is not housetrained.
- Transmission of common diseases (tapeworms, scabies, giardia, etc.)
If another resident is at risk of significant allergic reactions to an animal, it is the responsibility of the housing provider to find a way to accommodate both the ESA and the resident with the allergy (i.e., a separated space to avoid allergic reactions).
If the emotional support animal is not house trained or well-behaved, any damages caused to the residence are the responsibility of the ESA owner.
ESA Campus Housing Laws
If you are attending college or university in Washington, you can still live with your emotional support animal on-campus.
You are afforded equal protection for campus housing under the Fair Housing Act. Federal law views on-campus accommodations the same as any other type of housing.
Simply show the housing provider your ESA letter and they will be required to take in your emotional support animal.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Washington allows emotional support animals in any pet-friendly locations across the state. For example, certain trials within Mount Rainier National Park, North Cascades National Park, and Olympic National Park allow leashed dogs. Other locations to take your emotional support animal include dog-friendly restaurants and bars, hotels, and parks.