Sadly, unlike in America, Emotional Support Animals are still not recognised as a certified assistance animals in the UK.
They cannot live in non-pet housing or travel as freely as registered assistance animals, as well as many other things that a registered assistance pet would be able to do.
How do I get my dog certified as an emotional support animal?
The only true way to certify your dog as an Emotional Support Dog is through a licensed mental health professional. You can connect with a mental health professional in real life or online through a website. To have a legitimate Support Animal, you must have an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional.
Does the UK Recognise emotional support animals?
Although it is not recognised in the UK, emotional support animals (ESA) are given to people who have been diagnosed with an emotional disability.
Who can prescribe an emotional support animal?
For a person to legally qualify for an emotional support animal (ESA), he/she must be considered emotionally disabled by a licensed mental health professional (therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, etc.), as evidenced by a properly formatted prescription letter.
How do I register my cat as an emotional support animal?
How to Register an Emotional Support Cat
- Connect with a licensed mental health professional online or in real life.
- Qualify for an ESA letter from a licensed mental health professional.
- Step 3. Make sure your cat does not pose a threat to others.
- Notify your landlord or airline about your emotional support cat.