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How It Works
Complete Online ExamAll individuals seeking an Emotional Support Animal prescription must complete an online medical examination consisting of 74 questions. It takes anywhere from 15 – 20 minutes to complete so please make sure that you are ready to fill it out and move forward, since you won't be able to save your exam and come back to it later. You can begin the exam by clicking on the “online medical exam”tab located in the main navigation menu or by clicking the “get started now” tab below.
Make PaymentPotential patients should keep in mind that if the evaluating medical doctor does not feel comfortable writing you a prescription for an emotional support animal, then you will receive a same-day refund. Refunds are granted only to those who are not approved by the evaluating physician. After completing your online exam you will be required to make a payment and choose a treatment plan that best applies to you. If you need an ESA letter for housing, please choose the housing plan. The entry level housing plan is called the “care plan” and is 159.00. If you need a letter only for travel, then please choose the travel plan for 149.00. If you need documentation for both, you will need to select the Compassion Plan for 199.00, which will cover both travel and housing. Regardless, you must submit payment at that time or your exam will not be processed.
The DOGtor Reviews Your ExamThe Dogtor reviews your exam & you'll receive a notification within 48 hours if approved or not. Approval is typically the same day on a normal work week. In the event that the Dogtor needs to do a further evaluation he may want to speak to you over Skype. However, it's very rare.
You've Been Approved!All individuals who have submitted an online exam will hear back from the evaluating physician within 24-48 hours. The doctor will email you from this or her personal email address to the email address that you have on file, so please make sure to check spam folders and wait patiently for the correspondence from the M.D. A doctor may ask you more questions about your exam so please be prepared to provide further details if they want more info in order for them to make an informed decision. Usually these questions are about asking for more clarity or that you have been vague in answering a specific question. As stated in Step 3, if the doctor does not approve you, you will receive a same-day refund. However, in the event that you are approved, you will receive your emailed PDF copy of the prescription letter typically on the same day. You will also receive a courtesy hard copy that will be mailed to the address that you have on file when taking the online exam. The hard copy take a few business days to arrive, depending on where you are located in the USA.
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Emotional Support Animals in Los Angeles
Over 4-million people live in Los Angeles, California. The Los Angeles Almanac estimates that in Los Angeles County, there are more than 2.6 million privately owned dogs and cats.
If you have an emotional support animal and wish to move into a living facility with pet restrictions, according to the Fair Housing Act (FHA), the property has to make reasonable accommodations for your ESA. In many cases, this means that the landlord/property owner must let your ESA live with you and they cannot charge you additional fees for that accommodation.
Animal Friendly LA
Los Angeles is a very pet friendly city, with many places that welcome dogs and other animals. Just a sample of some places that are happy to see your furry, four-legged friends include:
- Cafe Midi
- The Raymond
- 3 Square Cafe
- Cooks County
- Highland Park Brewery
- The Fat Dog
- Angel City Brewery
- The Lincoln
- Frogtown Brewery
- Idle Hour
- Los Angeles Ale Works
Parks and Beaches
- Griffith Park
- Echo Park Lake
- Rosie’s Dog Beach
- Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
- Leo Carrillo State Park
- Angeles National Forest
- Runyon Canyon Park
- Loews Hollywood Hotel
- Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown
- SLS Beverly Hills
- Freehand L.A.
- The Langham
- LINE Hotel
- Klimpton Everly Hotel
- Sheraton Gateway LAX
- The London
- Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
Your Los Angeles ESA
Do you live in Los Angeles or considering moving there? If you need an emotional support animal with you in LA, you can access the DOGtor for one of the most cost-efficient ways of getting an official ESA letter.