Sample ADA Letter for an Emotional Support Animal
Name of Professional (therapist, physician, psychiatrist, or rehabilitation counselor)
Dear [Housing Authority/Landlord]:
[Full Name of Tenant] is my patient, and has been under my care since [date]. I am familiar with [his/her] history and with the functional limitations imposed by [his/her] disability. [He/She] meets the definition of disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fair Housing Act, and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
Due to mental illness, [patient name] has certain limitations regarding [social interaction/coping with stress/anxiety, etc.]. In order to help alleviate these difficulties, and to enhance his/her ability to live independently and to fully use and enjoy the dwelling unit you own and/or administer, I advocate for an emotional support animal that will assist [first name] in coping with [his/her] disability.
I am familiar with the voluminous professional literature concerning the therapeutic benefits of assistance animals for people with disabilities such as that experienced by [patient name]. Upon request, I would be happy to answer other questions you may have concerning my recommendation that [Full Name of patient] have an emotional support animal. Should you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
[Name of Professional]