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  • Magazine Article

    All Pawgwarts houses are equal

    Shelter director explains the power of magical thinking

    When the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando in Florida started “sorting” homeless dogs and cats by “Pawgwarts” house, rather than by breed, it led to an explosion of media coverage, shelter visitors and website traffic. But the Harry Potter-inspired idea isn’t just about sorting hats and spells: It’s a way to get people to stop and rethink what “breed” really means.

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  • Blog Post

    Keeping families together

    Start a pet apartment registry and reduce animal surrenders

    When I moved to Orlando in 2013, I had to rent an apartment for the first time in 25 years. It was a wonderful, friendly place. In fact, management didn’t charge me a pet deposit for my two dogs; they didn’t even ask me what kind of dogs I had. Based on my experience, I just assumed that every rental community allowed dogs. I came to learn that nearly 75 percent of rental communities claim to be “pet-friendly” while only accepting very small dogs and cats, which excludes many of our nation’s most popular pets.
     

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  • Blog Post

    The sun is rising on pet-friendly housing

    Arbitrary species, breed and size restrictions in rental housing tear families apart and cause pets to become homeless. Let's put an end to un-"pet-friendly" policies by helping properties welcoming cats and dogs of all breeds and sizes.

    Lack of affordable pet-welcoming rental properties comes at a huge cost to pets and their people

    During my time at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, I was privileged to work on an HSUS Pets Are Welcome pilot program designed to encourage property owners to allow pets in their rental units, and to support them with guidance and resources when they did.

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  • Blog Post

    Do you have the right to keep your pet?

    Tenant advocacy helps keep pets and families together

    Would you believe me if I said that in the past 6 years I have adopted out more than 400 dogs and cats, 99 percent of them either adult cats—often very old cats—or large breed dogs, typically pitbull-type dogs? How about if I said I did this at the cost of approximately $75 a month?

    Well, if you don’t believe me … you’re right. I didn’t adopt out 400 hard-to-place dogs and cats. I did something even better ... I kept them in their homes.

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  • Magazine Article

    Shaking off stigmas

    Are you still clinging to shelter and rescue myths rather than facts?

    “Black dogs are impossible to adopt out.” How many times have you heard that? Or maybe it was something more along the lines of, “Well, [insert demographic group] are just against spay/neuter.” These kinds of industry myths are pervasive in the animal sheltering field, but are they really based in fact? They might seem to explain the complicated situations you face every day, but maybe you’re not seeing the whole picture. Learn the truth behind four of the biggest myths in the field.

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  • Magazine Article

    Getting by with a little help … from your pet

    Federal laws regarding assistance animals can boost your efforts to keep pets in homes

    The stories all pretty much follow the same pattern: Resident has dog for years. Resident relies on the dog just to get through the day; maybe, due to depression, the dog is the only reason to get out of bed in the morning, or maybe walking the dog helps with heart disease problems. Resident is suddenly told dogs aren’t allowed in the building—give her up or get out. Heartbroken resident brings dog to shelter.

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  • Magazine Article

    There's nothing friendly about most "pet-friendly" rentals ...

    <em>Animal Sheltering</em> magazine September/October 2016

    Download this Mouthpiece to help expand housing options for pet owners

    As many as half a million pets wind up homeless each year because their owners can't find rental housing that will accept them. Download this Mouthpiece to encourage your community to check out the Advocate's Guide to Pets Are Welcome and help keep pets and families together.

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  • HSUS Program

    Expand housing that welcomes pets in your community

    Arbitrary breed and size restrictions in rental housing tear families apart and cause pets to become homeless. Let's put an end to un-"pet-friendly" policies by helping properties welcoming cats and dogs of all breeds and sizes.

    Pets are WelcomeTM properties have no arbitrary restrictions on pet ownership; they welcome all dogs and cats regardless of their breed or size.  This single change would likely save tens of thousands of lives every year, preventing surrenders and opening up new homes for adoptable animals.

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  • HSUS Program

    Help pet owners find or keep rental housing

    Finding rental housing that welcomes all pets regardless of breed or size can be very difficult. Use the resources below to offer assistance to someone who is working through this challenging process.

    Increase a pet owner’s chances of success by sharing the these tips and ideas.

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  • Blog Post

    Tired of taking in pets that already have loving owners?

    It's National Apartment Housing Day and Inga Fricke, director of pet retention programs for The HSUS, is leading the charge for sheltering professionals to demand rental policies that welcome all pets regardless of breed or size.

    I’d wager that if you bugged every staff meeting of every shelter and rescue in America you’d hear it as a constant refrain: "I would NEVER leave my pets behind if I had to move. I'd live in my car first!" It’s such an easy, obvious way to separate those who care about animals (“Us!”) from those who don't (“Them!”), right?

    I recently found myself in the position of having to find a new apartment. I bet many of you have been there, and you probably experienced the same panic and fear that I did. How was I ever going to find a rental that would allow all my pets?

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  • Magazine Article

    Home is where your pets are welcome

    An HSUS campaign pushes for less restrictive pet policies in rental housing

    "Pets Are Welcome" seeks to revamp the way the housing industry treats pets and their owners.

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  • Magazine Article

    Your home or your pet

    Download this Mouthpiece to help pet owners facing eviction.

    Pet owners facing eviction can be scared, but they have rights. Download this Mouthpiece to educate those facing eviction that there are people and agencies in your community that can help.

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