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You want to register your animal as An Emotional Support Animal and purchase the ESAeurope Card so that your pet can accompany you even if it is not possible under normal circumstances. We have developed the non-profit project ESAeurope to help with this intention.
If your animal is with you, you can
- more present in the here and now
- less lonely
- free from constraints and other emotional limitations
- open in everyday life for many activities
- much more than without your animal
The registration process at ESAeurope is simple and free of charge and you will receive an email confirmation of your pet registration.
- ESAeurope Cardconfirming your animal’s status as an Emotional Support Animal
- PSD-Online training with specific aptitude test to meet US DoT (Department of Transport) standards that enable you and your dog to fly with US Airlines in the cabin (in preparation)
Please note that confirmation from your psychotherapist or doctor is required to issue the full ESAeurope Card. You can download the corresponding form free of charge in the shop. As a rule, this confirmation is very often issued by psychotherapists, care associations and also general doctors, since the benefit of an animal for the person concerned is clearly proven. We recommend the issuance of the full card.
If you do not have such confirmation, or if a doctor or psychotherapist is not available, we can also arrange an online therapy session in which the authorization to purchase the ESAeurope Card is discussed. In addition to the therapy interview, the prerequisite for this is to fill out a questionnaire, which we will make available to you in advance if you have booked the online therapy session. If you are interested in this possibility, please follow the following link: http://myways.at/produkt/online-therapie-sitzung-emotional-support-animal/
With the acquisitionable membership card, it should also be easier to travel with the companion animal and take your animal to public institutions. We are working to expand this service as much as possible. The PSD training of your dog to become a confirmed Psychiatric Service Animal according to US DoT standards is another step.
WHAT IS A EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMAL?
Emotional Support Animals (ESA) are animals, typically dogs, but sometimes cats or other animals that offer their owner therapeutic benefits through affection and companionship with mental/psychiatric dysfunction or contextual limitations (fear of flying, space anxiety, etc.). ESAs should have the necessary health, essential fitness, obedience and a pronounced positive social and environmental behavior so that they can support their owner in everyday life with specific assistance.
Please also note, that if you register at ESAeurope, your dog does not become an assistance dog due to the registration process!
An ESA animal has not been trained to perform a specific task. It only fulfils the function of being your emotional support animal. ESAs are not considered service animals. They must therefore not be confused or compared with working dogs, such as guide dogs, assistance dogs, service animals, therapy animals or visiting dogs, which have been trained to perform special tasks. Of course, an ESA can train as a service animal and then enjoys the advantages associated with admission (e.g. as an assistant animal).
WHAT IS A PSD (PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG)?
PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE DOG’S (PSD) are DOGS that offer their owner therapeutic benefits through affection and accompaniment with mental/psychiatric dysfunction or context (fear of flight, fear of space, etc.) and are at the same time trained to reinforce these limitations not only through their existence, but also through individual abilities; they thus take on special tasks. PSD’s must have the necessary health, essential aptitude, obedience and strong positive social and environmental behaviour, so that they can support their owner in everyday life with specific, individual-oriented assistance.
YOU’RE REGISTERED! – WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Our recommendation is to seek the official confirmation of your psychologist or psychotherapist, which confirms that you and your animal form a necessary human/animal partner team.
ESA-EUROPE – CONFIRMATION LETTER
To issue the ESAeurope Card, our members need a confirmation that clearly states that humans and animals form a partner team. A corresponding template is available in the download area.
Alternatively, it is also possible to order a so-called “self-diagnosis” card. This card is recommended for you if you want to express the special relationship with your animal and do not want or cannot confirm this relationship through your doctor or psychotherapist.
We are also in the process of building up a database of specialists (psychologists, psychotherapists, doctors) who can help you to confirm the special relationship with your animal and the importance for your well-being.
In the menu item “My questions” you can find out more about the meaning of the ESA – Europe human / animal partnership confirmation.