Sample Doctor’s Letter for Emotional Support Animal

Art: Robin Mead


NAME OF PROFESSIONAL (therapist, physician, psychiatrist, rehabilitation counselor)


To Whom it May Concern:

[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.

I am prescribing an assistance animal to provide therapeutic emotional support that will help alleviate the symptoms of his/her disability, including helping to cope with [list one or more symptoms: depression, anxiety, panic attacks, pain management, limitations with abilities to have social interactions, the impact of confinement and isolation due to mobility impairments, etc].

In order to help alleviate these difficulties, and to enhance his/her ability to live independently and to fully use and enjoy his/her rental unit, I am prescribing an assistance animal that will assist [patient’s name] in coping with his/her disability.

I would be happy to answer other questions you may have concerning my recommendation that [FULL NAME OF TENANT] have an emotional support animal. Should you have additional question, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Learn More

🌷 This page is part of the free online guide: The Sleepy Girl Affordable Housing Survival Guide

🌷 Learn more about this topic here: Guide to Getting an Emotional Support Animal

🌷 The letter above is for housing. If you are looking for airlines: Sample Doctor’s letter for airline letter

🌷 Art on this page by Robin Mead and Elizabeth D’Angelo.