Keeping pets and families together
People love their pets and consider them to be part of the family, but currently, there isn’t enough affordable, pet-inclusive housing for renters.
Two-thirds of U.S. households include at least one cat or dog, which makes having a pet-inclusive place to call home essential for most Americans. Even properties that are described as “pet-friendly” often have pet weight limits, dog breed restrictions or high pet fees.
In 2021, more than 970 cats and dogs were killed in America’s shelters every day — just because they didn’t have safe places to call home. So, it’s crucial that we create more pet-inclusive housing nationwide, and you can help.
Every pet should have a place to call home
Because of the lack of pet-inclusive housing, families are often forced to choose between securing a place to live and keeping their pets.
With your help, more pets can stay with their families
Best Friends is working around the country to protect the rights of pets (especially big dogs) and their people so they can stay with their loving families.
More than 90% of housing providers and residents agree that pets are an important part of families. That’s why Best Friends is working with people like you nationwide to create more pet-friendly housing.
Help end breed-restrictive insurance policies
Best Friends is urging state insurance commissions to protect consumers and focus on the behavior of the dog rather than the size or breed.
You can help by signing a petition targeting your state’s insurance commission.
Challenge breed restrictions in government-subsidized housing
Some dog breeds are currently restricted in public housing, forcing responsible people with dogs to choose between their beloved pets and stable housing.
Support the rights of renters and HOA residents
All eligible people have the right to have a pet. That right extends to those looking for a house or apartment to rent with their pet.
Need help? Check out our pet-friendly housing guide.
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