Support Pet-Friendly Housing

Dog and Cat

Target: Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates

Goal: Make all housing in Berkeley, California pet-friendly

Jesse Arreguin of the Berkeley, California City Council has proposed a law that would automatically make every home in the area, including apartments, pet-friendly. Landlords will not be allowed to prohibit cats, small dogs, and other small animals unless they can’t be “reasonably accommodated.” The tenant would still be responsible for any property damage, but they won’t have to be separated from their pets just to live in a decently priced apartment.

One of the best parts of this proposed law is that it would increase animal adoptions and reduce the number of abandoned pets, therefore reducing the number of euthanasia cases in the city. Plus, there would be fewer cases of landlords attempting to bar or evict people who are trying to live with their service animals. As long as any property damage is taken care of, there’s no reason to prevent people from living with reasonably sized animals, especially considering how many animals are in need of homes.

By signing this petition, you’ll encourage the mayor of Berkeley to support this law and help to get it passed. If this laws passes, it could inspire other cities to follow in Berkeley’s footsteps so that thousands or even millions more people can enjoy living with their furry friends.


Dear Mayor Bates,

One of the members of your City Council has put forth a proposal for a law that would make it illegal for landlords to bar any of their tenants from keeping pets as long as the animals can be reasonably accommodated. Tenants will still be responsible for any damage their pets cause, so it shouldn’t cause any hardship for the landlords. This will make it so the people of your city will no longer have to choose between decent housing and their beloved pets.

A lot of people rely on their pets for emotional support. It’s a shame when anybody has to be separated from them, and it becomes especially difficult when there are disputes between landlords and tenants about service animals. At the same time, there are a lot of animals who are in need of homes, and rules that prohibit any pets in apartment complexes mean that fewer get adopted and more need to be put down.

I urge you to support this proposed law and help Jesse Arreguin get it passed. You’ll not only be helping the citizens of Berkeley, you’ll be saving countless animals from being euthanized. Plus, you’ll serve as an example to other cities across the U.S., and hopefully others will pass similar laws. This law can only do good, and you can be a part of it.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Celeste Lindell via Flickr

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One Comment

  1. Myrna Burdick says:

    Dear Mayor Bates,
    Berkeley has always been at the front of the line when it comes to progressive thinking – this legislation is important in setting a standard for other cities to consider the importance of animals in peoples’ lives.

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