Emotional Support Dog Registration is easily done by filling up a form and by paying a charge of less than $100 by agencies like usaservicedogs and esaregistration. The form simply asks the nature of the applicant’s psychiatric disabilities and there is an option for those who choose not to disclose that. It further asks the details of an individual’s residence, identity proof and the pet animal’s species. Along with the ID cards for the emotional support dogs owners can also get leash, vest and collar bearing ID from the concerned emotional support animal registration agency. The owners can use one or more of these items to publicly declare that their dog is an emotional support animal and should be allowed at all premises.
Controversies – The registration process does not require the dog to be trained in specific actions. However most of the emotional support dogs are trained to not smell or bark at other people. The cheap and easy registration process coupled with the lack of clear information on the laws allowing ESA registration has turned this process into one that is frequently abused by a lot of people across U.S. There are two laws that guard people with mental disabilities against residential discrimination, Federal Fair Housing Amendments Act (1988) and Section 504 of Rehabilitation Act (1973). However the U.S Federal law strictly dictates that people with mental disabilities must produce a physician’s note stating the need for the emotional support animal and confirming the person’s mental disabilities. Emotional Support Dog Registration still remains an area of frequent abuse bringing distress to those in actual need for it by causing people to regard them with suspicion and disbelief.
In case of tenants landlords are entitled to ask for these papers while allowing the pets to live in the same premise as the tenant. These days a number of people are taking advantage of the unclear laws and lack of public knowledge combined with an inexpensive registration process and registering pets as emotional support animals despite not having any mental disability. A number of animals have been shown the door particularly from airplanes and restaurants because of their roguish behavior that causes discomfort to other people.