My husband and I want to move into my moms house to support her now that she has some debilitating conditions. I've had MS for 30 years and have found my dogs to be an emotional necessity. Can my neurologist give me a recommendation for an ESA dog so I can keep my dogs since the homeowners association doesn't allow them?
Emotional support or companion animals are governed under the Fair Housing Act (FHA) not the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). My understanding is that the FHA is not clear on whether refusal to accommodate an emotional support or companion animal is discriminatory under all circumstances. Obtaining a letter from your doctor to the HOA explaining your specific need for this animal should do the trick.
Revere (Rip) Kinkel MD
Director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program
Professor of Clinical Neurosciences
University of California San Diego