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Ask your member of Congress to support the Pets Belong with Families Act.

USA: Help keep pets and families together

Woman and two kids hugging a smiling black and white dog whose tongue is out

Most Americans view their pets as members of the family — but particular dog breeds are unfairly restricted from public housing, forcing otherwise responsible owners to part with beloved pets.

Public housing authorities currently restrict a variety of popular breeds, such as boxers, German shepherds, Great Danes, American Staffordshire terriers, and any dog that may be a mix thereof.

Breed-specific restrictions target low-income pet owners who should not be forced to choose between a well-behaved pet and keeping a roof over their head.

If enacted, the Pets Belong with Families Act will prohibit public housing agencies from imposing breed restrictions on household pets owned by residents.

TAKE ACTION: Ask your member of Congress to support and cosponsor upcoming legislation.

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