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Pets Are Welcome

Housing issues should never cost pets their homes

Photo: Meredith Lee/For The HSUS

Did you know that 72 percent of American households that rent their homes have pets?

Pets are a part of nearly every community, yet renters often have trouble finding housing that welcomes their pets. In fact, problems finding or keeping housing are a leading reason pets end up homeless.

Property owners and managers can fill vacancies and retain quality tenants by welcoming pets into their properties. Research shows that most pets do not cause higher than average damage to rental units. By not renting to pet owners, property owners miss out on good tenants as well as income from higher rental rates that pet-friendly housing can charge. Policies that prohibit or limit pet ownership based on breed, weight, or other random factors are based on myths that don’t improve resident safety or the property’s value.

We want to make sure animals stay in their happy homes, and we are committed to removing housing barriers that put pets at risk. We want to enable people to create humane housing communities that promote Pets Are Welcome policies—policies that help pet owners keep their families together while also protecting the interests of property owners.

A true Pets Are Welcome policy recognizes that most pet owners are good tenants, regardless of the breed, size or number of pets they have.

A true Pets Are Welcome policy also protects property owners’ interest in maintaining the value and safety of their housing.

We hope that the information on these pages allow you to successfully advocate the best outcome for yourself, your pets and your property.

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