Resources for Pet Owners
We've put together a comprehensive list of resources for pet guardians who are struggling, as well as senior citizens, people with disabilities, and people who are seriously ill.
- My Pit Bull is Family rental research dashboard is a national database of dog-inclusive rental listings.
- Financial assistance for low-income pet owners.
- Pet food pantries provide free pet food to those in need.
- Free and low-cost spay and neuter. Anyone who needs assistance in finding affordable spay/neuter services can benefit by using the SpayUSA referral service.
- Mobile vets deliver veterinary services to pet owners who are unable to get to a clinic.
- Estate planning information in the event that you pass away first. We've compiled some helpful tips for estate planning with pets in mind.
- Foster homes for pets of military personnel and medical patients.
- Service dog support for disabled veterans.
- Help for domestic violence victims seeking safety with their pets.
- Financial support for those in need of an assistance dog
- Foster opportunities for those in need of a temporary home for their pet
- Rehoming opportunities for those in need of a permanent home for their pet
Know Your Rights
Americans With Disabilities Act
One in four U.S. adults - 61 million Americans - live with a disability, according to the Center for Disease Control [CDC]. The Americans With Disabilities Act [ADA] requires state and local governments, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that serve the public to make "reasonable modifications" in their policies, practices, or procedures when necessary to allow service animals to accompany people with disabilities in all areas of the facility where the public is allowed to go. Breed or size restrictions not permitted. Note that emotional support, therapy, comfort, and companion animals are not considered Service Animals under the ADA.
Fair Housing Act [FHA]
The Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability.
- Applies to dwellings only.
- U.S. Department of Justice [DOJ] and Housing and Urban Development [HUD] enforce this act.
- More protections granted to individuals living with a disability than the ADA.
- Requires access for Service and Assistance animals.
- Breed and weight restrictions not permitted.