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Do you have an animal by your side that supports you in your daily life and in the presence of mental health problems? Then we offer you the opportunity to register your animal and yourself as a human / animal partner team. We can offer you two options:
- ESA Card (full scope) – Presenting a confirmation from your doctor or psychotherapist
- ESA Card (self-diagnosis) – Presenting your own confirmation
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.
If you do not have such confirmation, there is also the possibility to present the meaning of the ESA animal for you in a “self diagnosis” explanation. In this case, we can exhibit an ESACard with reference to the “self-diagnosis”. A written statement from you is required that your ESA improves your mental well-being by a maximum. We need this declaration in writing with your original signature.
The registration process is easy and free and you will receive an email confirmation of your animal registration.
By registering you have access to further services from ESA-Europe. The service products offered can make it easier in certain situations (e.g. panic attacks) without an already difficult situation. For example, you can show that you are dependent on your companion without having to explain yourself. Experience shows that this is often helpful.
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
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.
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 companion with psychiatric dysfunction or contextual restrictions (fear of flying, claustrophobia, 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).
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.
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.
On our own behalf:
We would like to thank Andreas Winkel for the commitment so far, who built this page with a lot of passion, but is no longer able to support ESAeurope due to health restrictions.