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An Advocate's Guide to Increasing Rental Housing Options for Renters with Pets

Eliminate Arbitrary Breed and Size Restrictions from Rental Housing in Your Community

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  • The rental housing industry proclaims that 78 percent of apartment buildings accept pets, but according to a 2012 study, 29 percent of dogs and 21 percent of cats surrendered to shelters are there because their owners couldn’t find housing that would accept them. That’s roughly half a million pets surrendered directly because of housing issues. Why is that?

    All too often, housing that’s described as “pet-friendly” is anything but. In fact, nearly all of the nation’s largest rental housing companies have breed and weight restrictions that effectively prohibit most of the nation’s pets. These restrictions are arbitrary, unnecessary, and can be eliminated, but we need your help to do it!

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    We need to work together to demand an end to “pet-friendly” rental housing and call for properties to truly welcome pets instead of just dealing with the restrictions of today’s housing market.

    The good news is that eliminating breed and size restrictions from rental housing is just as good for business as it is for pets! Whether it’s talking to your own landlord, writing an op-ed to your local newspaper, speaking with local politicians, contacting local media, or approaching property owners in your community, there is something you can do right now to make a difference. Our Advocate’s Guide to Welcoming Pets: Expanding Options for Renters with Pets can show you how!

    Together we will make this happen, because no one should ever have to choose between their pet and their home.