Will the search for pet-friendly housing get easier? - Dr. Marty Becker


Will the search for pet-friendly housing get easier?

Wednesday, Jul 28th, 2021 | By Dr. Marty Becker

Kitten and tiny house

Seeking pet-friendly housing? Help may be at hand thanks to lobbyists and pet industry insiders meeting in October with Congressional legislators.

Pet journalist Sandy Robins reports at FearFreeHappyHomes.com that during Pet Week, hosted annually in Washington, D.C., by the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative, lawmakers will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of pets to human health and quality of life and study evidence about the financial and psychological benefits of pet-friendly rental policies.

A market research study commissioned by Michelson Found Animals Foundation in conjunction with HABRI discovered that — among other facts and figures — a rental’s pet policy ranks second only to budget when pet lovers search for homes, and that residents in pet-friendly units stay 21% longer than those in non-pet-friendly units.

There’s more in Pet Connection, the weekly nationally syndicated pet feature I co-write with Kim Campbell Thornton and my daughter, trainer Mikkel Becker.