Target: United States Landlords
Goal: Allow tenants to own pets
A recent survey conducted by The Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare found that fifty percent of all rental units across the nation prohibit pets, despite data that shows that permitting pets is not only good for business, but will alleviate overcrowding in animal shelters as well. The study showed that 35 percent of tenants without pets would own one if allowed, and nearly 70 percent of all United States households have companion pets.
The main reason landlords prohibit pets is due to concerns over damage, followed by fears of increased noise, complaints and tenant conflicts, and insurance issues. However, the survey revealed that among eighty-five percent of landlords permitting pets, the worst damage was worth approximately 430 dollars. The survey also revealed that most people are willing to pay more to own pets, offsetting these possible damage costs. Furthermore, other concerns regarding pets (i.e., noise, tenant conflicts) required less than an hour per year of the landlord’s time, an amount much less than that spent dealing with other issues and child-related situations.
Many shelters receive animals because owners move to rentals that prohibit pets. If more landlords allowed tenants to own pets, the shelters would receive less animals as well as process more adoptions. This would prevent unnecessary killing by shelters, and allow more animals to find loving, stable homes.
In addition to benefitting shelters, landlords would also benefit. Besides being willing to pay more for pet-friendly living, tenants who live in these rentals tend to stay for an average of 46 months, whereas those who live in rentals that prohibit pets stay for an average of only 18 months. Furthermore, it is easier to market pet-friendly rentals, and less time and money can be spent in this area if pets are allowed.
There are very few downsides to allowing tenants to own pets. Both landlords and shelters can benefit from being pet-friendly, and according to Ed Boks, Executive Director of the Yavapai Humane Society, “if all landlords permitted pets we could easily achieve No-Kill in the USA.” By signing the petition below, you will urge United States landlords to permit pets.
Dear United States Landlords,
A recent survey conducted by The Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare found that fifty percent of all rentals prohibit pets. The survey also found that nearly seventy percent of United States households have companion pets, and that if allowed, thirty-five percent of tenants without pets would own a pet. The survey also showed that allowing pets would benefit not only tenants, but also landlords and shelters.
Most landlords cited concerns over damage, noise, and complaints as reasons to prohibit pets. However, the survey showed that costs of damage and time spent handling issues are very little. In addition, tenants are willing to pay more to own a pet, and tend to stay in the housing units over two times longer.
Allowing pets would alleviate overcrowding in shelters, and more animals would be able to find loving, stable homes. In light of this survey, we are urging all United States landlords to allow tenants to own pets.
[Your Name Here]
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