There are so many ways that owning an emotional support animal (ESA) can benefit someone struggling with mental illness. A devoted pet certified as an ESA can become a constant companion that offers much needed emotional support and stability for people that suffer from anything from depression and anxiety to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and autism. You might have a friend or family member in your life whose symptoms could potentially be alleviated by owning an ESA. Sometimes people are deterred from starting the ESA certification process because it entails spending money. Fortunately, Moosh has launched a Refer a Friend program to allow you to help a loved one lower the cost of getting an ESA certification. Here’s what you need to know about getting an ESA letter through Moosh.
In order to have your loved one’s pet certified as an ESA, they’ll need a letter from a registered, state-licensed mental health professional that states their need for an ESA (based on their mental health diagnosis and symptoms). Moosh can help by connecting them directly with a professional for a consultation where they have to answer some basic questions. This process is super easy and takes just about 10 minutes. From there, the professional will send a certified letter, which can help their ESA be protected under three federal laws. The Fair Housing Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Air Carrier Access Act all work to ensure that your loved one is protected against discrimination from landlords, airlines, and business owners. This means that they are permitted to live with their ESA (despite no pets rules and without having to pay a pet deposit) and can travel with them in the cabin of an airplane without paying additional fees. Many businesses are also more likely to permit ESAs in their stores with a certified letter in hand.
Your loved one will also have peace of mind if they get their ESA certification through Moosh since there are many fraudulent websites out there. These sites promise instant approval of claims – which can’t be done if the individual’s situation needs to be evaluated by a mental health professional. These shady sites also tout no renewal claims despite the fact that all valid ESA letters need to be renewed every 12 months. Other less reputable sites offer letters that don’t even appear to be valid. For example, a Moosh ESA letter is written on a mental health professional’s official letterhead and includes verifiable contact information for the professional. The professional is licensed in the same state as the patient and is up-to-date with an expiration date for their license. Legitimate letters also include what kind of animal the ESA is, the name of the ESA, and the ESA’s certificate ID number. Many of these sites also do not provide safe payment processes, so your loved one could be at risk of their banking information being stolen or hacked. And while some of these sites might offer extremely cheap ESA certifications, that old adage ‘you get what you pay for’ applies. Spending a tad more money for a legitimate certification from Moosh is definitely worth it.
If you want to help your loved one save money on their ESA package, the Refer a Friend program can help. The program means that every person you refer gets a gift of $20 off their ESA certification. This promotion can certainly come in handy when your loved one goes to purchase their package. There are several different packages that Moosh offers, so they have the ability to pick the one that best fits their needs.
- Package 1: The cheapest package at $159 comes with an online consultation with a mental health professional, the ESA certification letter, and unlimited housing and airline forms to use to present to landlords and airlines
- Package 2: The middle tier package for $189 includes everything Package 1 does, as well as an ID card that they can use to demonstrate their ESA’s certification
- Package 3: For $219, your loved one will receive everything in Package 2, along with an ESA vest for their pet to wear
Having a promotion code from the Refer a Friend program can definitely help lower the cost of one of these packages for your loved one. Once they have their certification letter in hand, they can start to get all of the benefits of owning an ESA. Plus, it’s super easy to get the referral link – you can receive the link directly from Moosh or have them send an email straight to the friends or family members who you think might be interested in the promotion.
If you want to see a loved one improve their quality of life with an ESA, consider using the Refer a Friend program to get them started with the process of ESA certification!