Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are domesticated animals that serve those suffering from anxiety, depression, panic attacks, or other psychological conditions. While having an animal companion is often a very overlooked component of treating depression, using a holistic approach to mental health affirms that someone’s environment (including pets within it) is often more important than food, medicine, or exercise.
Unlike service animals who require special training, ESA can be your pet. Many people in Hawaii, whether living here permanently or temporarily, can qualify for an emotional support animal with an ESA letter via verification of a diagnosable condition from a mental health professional. An ESA letter allows access to rented housing (including those with no-pet policies) and airplanes, forgoing associated fees.*
*Protected under the Fair Housing Amendment Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).