There is no special fee to be paid to make your dog an emotional support animal, and the entire cost of this operation is solely dependent on how much a mental specialist charges for an ESA letter.
Typically, the cost of acquiring an ESA letter within the United States varies and is largely influenced by the mental organization you’re receiving treatment. But you should be prepared to spend between $100 to $500 for a thorough mental assessment and to procure the ESA letter.
Actually, there is no need to register or enrol your dog as an emotional support animal, and you certainly don’t need an ESA certificate to own such an animal.
With the ESA letter acquired from your psychiatrist or therapist, you can either adopt an emotional support dog from a local shelter, rescue groups or purchase a pooch from a responsible breeder – all this without paying additional fees!
It is also worth noting that dogs of any age, from puppy to senior, are qualified to serve as emotional support animals, provided you have the necessary ESA letter.
Compared to service dogs that are typically trained for between $20,000 to $30,000, training costs for emotional support dogs are considerably lower, or near zero.
The reason for this is pretty straightforward – emotional support dogs don’t require intensive training activities to carry out their tasks beyond the basic socialization and training needed to develop a dog’s personality.