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Emotional support animal treatment helps people who suffer from a wide range of mental health issues in Oregon. Below, we’ll talk you through the process of getting an emotional support animal in Oregon, and outline some of the most important things you need to be aware of when living with an ESA in the Beaver State.

Does Oregon Recognize Emotional Support Animals?

Yes, Oregon recognizes emotional support animals. ESAs from Oregon and all other US states are recognized in the Beaver State. Emotional support animal laws are federal laws, and they apply in the State of Oregon.

What Law Deals With Emotional Support Pets In Oregon?

Several federal laws deal with emotional support animals in Oregon. These laws are:

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • The Fair Housing Act (FHA)
  • The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA)

How Do I Get An Emotional Support Animal In Oregon?

You can get an emotional support animal in Oregon by visiting the Moosh online clinic and having a video consultation with an ESA doctor.

The ESA doctor will examine you and decide whether you are suitable for emotional support animal treatment. Once they have verified your suitability, they will send you an official ESA letter. It is a quick and easy process.

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How Much Does An ESA Letter Cost In Oregon?

If you get it through the Moosh online clinic, the cost of an emotional support letter in Oregon is between $159 and $219. The package includes a consultation with an ESA doctor, an official ESA letter, unlimited housing forms, and in the latter package, an ESA vest.

What Are The Qualifying Conditions For An Emotional Support Pet In Oregon?

Oregon has no official list of emotional support animal qualifying conditions. You can get an ESA in Oregon to treat any mental health condition that your ESA doctor believes will benefit from ESA treatment.

The most common mental health conditions that people treat with ESAs in Oregon are:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Loneliness
  • Insomnia
  • Phobias of various types

Who Can Write An Official Emotional Support Animal Letter In Oregon?

In Oregon, a licensed physician can write an emotional support letter. In addition, the following types of mental health practitioners are also qualified to write ESA letters in the state:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Licensed professional clinical counselor
  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
  • Licensed clinical social worker

How Often Do You Need To Renew Your ESA Letter In Oregon?

You should renew your emotional support letter every year in Oregon. This will ensure that your ESA letter is accepted by landlords, travel companies, and relevant businesses.

How Do I Register An Emotional Support Animal In Oregon?

If you already have a pet and you want it to have emotional support animal status, all you need to do is go to the Moosh online clinic and have a consultation with an ESA doctor. If you qualify for ESA treatment, you can make your existing pet your official ESA.

What Is The Difference Between A Support Dog And A Service Dog In Oregon?

Service dogs in Oregon have more rights than emotional support dogs. They can go with their owners into all public buildings and businesses because they are specially trained. Unfortunately, ESAs are not necessarily allowed to accompany their owners into all public buildings or businesses.

Like in all other states, the most popular types of emotional support animals in Oregon are dogs and cats. The following types of emotional support pets are also popular:

  • Pot-bellied pigs
  • Rabbits
  • Budgies
  • Miniature horses
  • Hamsters

Can A Landlord Legally Reject An ESA In Oregon?

Under the Fair Housing Act, a landlord must make all “reasonable accommodations” to enable a person with a mental health condition to live in their property. This includes living with their ESA. The FHA defines an ESA as a “small, domesticated animal that is typically kept in a home as a pet”.

If your ESA is a cat, dog, rabbit, or hamster, a landlord cannot refuse them. If the pet is a more exotic ESA, a landlord may be able to reject them. ESA behavior is also relevant. If an ESA is unruly and disruptive to other tenants, a landlord may be able to refuse it.

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What Can You Do If Your Landlord Refuses Your Emotional Pet In Oregon?

If your landlord refuses your ESA in Oregon, you have several options. You can:

  • File a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
  • Contact your local Fair Housing Center
  • Contact a lawyer and ask them to write a letter to your landlord
  • Contact your local ESA advocacy group for advice

Does Oregon Allow Emotional Support Animals In Hotels?

Whether or not an ESA is allowed into an Oregon hotel is at the discretion of the hotel in question. Some Oregon hotels have a “No Pets” policy. They are entitled to have this policy because they are private businesses. However, there are lots of excellent pet-friendly hotels in Oregon that you can choose from.

Are Emotional Support Animals Allowed In Restaurants In Oregon?

Oregon restaurants are not obligated to admit ESAs. However, many restaurants in the Beaver State are ESA-friendly.

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