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Now that COVID restrictions have eased, many people are traveling, taking vacations, and staying in hotels again. After so many months of lockdowns, most of us have been keen to leave our homes and neighborhoods and explore new places. Also, many of us have not seen beloved relatives and friends in far too long and are now hoping to go and visit them again.

Taking a vacation with your emotional support pet is a great bonding experience. Most ESAs love to travel and have adventures! Also, many ESA owners feel anxiety while traveling, and so the company and support of their ESA is crucial. Traveling with your ESA is a win-win, but it also takes a little extra planning.

Before you travel with your emotional support animal, you need to know where you are going to stay. A comfortable place to eat, rest, and sleep is important for both you and your ESA’s well-being. So, are emotional support dogs allowed in hotels? Can a hotel refuse an emotional support animal? Do most hotels allow emotional support animals? And can a hotel charge a pet fee for an emotional support animal?

Below, we’ll answer all of these important questions.

What Are The Benefits Of Taking Your ESA To A Hotel?

Taking your emotional support animal to a hotel has lots of benefits for both you and your pet.

  • Your ESA will keep you company while you travel
  • You will stave off depression, anxiety, and loneliness
  • Taking an enjoyable adventuretogether can strengthen the bond between you and your pet
  • Having your ESA with you makes meeting other people easier (pets are a great conversation starter!)
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What Federal Laws Deal With ESAs And Service Animals?

The federal laws that deal with ESAs and service animals are:

  • Americans With Disabilities Act
  • Fair Housing Act
  • Air Carrier Access Act

It’s important to note that emotional support animals and service animals are not equally covered under federal law. Service animals have more rights under federal law than ESAs. Service animals are allowed to accompany their owners into any public area, but ESAs are not. This is because service animals are specially trained, whereas ESAs receive no special training.

Can A Hotel Refuse An Emotional Support Animal?

So, can hotels deny ESAs? Unfortunately, the answer is yes. Hotels can deny emotional support animals if they choose. ESAs can stay in housing and private accommodation that is otherwise designated “No Pets Allowed”, but they are not legally entitled to enter public businesses. Whether or not an ESA is allowed into a public business is at the discretion of the business in question.

Are Emotional Support Dogs Allowed In Hotels?

There is no blanket law that restricts emotional support dogs’ access to hotels. Whether or not an emotional support dog is allowed to stay in a hotel is up to the hotel in question to decide.

Do Most Hotels Allow Emotional Support Animals?

It is difficult to say if most hotels allow emotional support animals. Many do, but many do not. In some parts of the country, most hotels allow ESAs and in other parts, pet-friendly hotels are hard to find. It’s always wise to call ahead to confirm that any hotel you are thinking of staying in allows ESAs.

Can A Hotel Charge A Pet Fee For An Emotional Support Animal?

Yes, hotels can charge a pet fee for an emotional support animal. This will usually be a minor surcharge of between $5 and $20. Often, this will include some type of comfort bag for your pet containing treats and toiletries.

Species Matters When Trying To Find An ESA-Friendly Hotel

When you are trying to find a hotel that accepts ESAs, species matters a lot. Many hotels will allow an ESA cat or dog to stay, but will refuse more exotic ESAs.

The most popular types of emotional support animals, which stand the best chance of being allowed to stay at a hotel, are:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Potbellied pigs
  • Domesticated rats
  • Miniature horses

How Should Your ESA Behave In A Hotel?

When staying in a hotel, your emotional support pet will need to behave appropriately. Your ESA should be quiet, clean, good-natured, and non-aggressive, and it should stay in close proximity to you at all times.

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How to Keep Your Emotional Support Pet Happy In A Hotel

Make sure your emotional support pet is happy and comfortable when staying in a hotel by giving it plenty of food and water and a comfortable place to sleep. Ensure it isn’t frightened by loud noise, is not too warm or cold, and is not left alone in the room for long periods.

How Do You Get A Legitimate Emotional Support Pet Letter?

To get a legitimate emotional support animal letter, visit the Moosh online clinic. You will have a video consultation with a state-licensed mental health professional who will verify your suitability for ESA treatment and then send you a certified ESA letter.

What Mental Health Conditions Can Benefit From ESA Treatment?

ESA treatment can alleviate the symptoms of several mental health conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD
  • Phobias
  • Insomnia
  • OCD
  • Loneliness

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