A little effort goes a long way.

Pet-friendly housing is a major problem across the country. Lack of non-discriminatory housing is responsible for a considerable number of surrendered and abandoned dogs, and for dogs not getting chosen for adoption. If we had a nickel for every time someone told us they’d adopt a dog but can’t because of their housing situation, we’d have enough money to start building pet friendly complexes.

Luckily, there’s an organization working hard to address the housing problem. Our friends at My Pit Bull is Family are focused on ending housing and insurance discrimination for all dogs regardless of what they look like or their perceived breed. They know that, much like people, every dog is a unique individual and that the families that love them deserve a place to call home, together. Each month their volunteer team contacts dog-friendly apartments in cities across the US to gather data on pet polices.

We asked PBAOA supporters in our hometown of Milwaukee, WI who rent apartments or houses to comment on their housing search. Here are some of their comments:

Housing options are more likely with landlords of privately-owned properties such as single-family homes, duplexes and smaller apartment buildings such as 4 family units. (NOT the big, corporately managed apartment complexes).

Talk with other large breed owners (other pit bull owners, Rottweilers, German Shepard’s, etc.) for ideas – owners are often willing and happy to share their ideas and experiences

Be proactive and ready to talk about your dog(s) with potential landlords

Ask landlords to meet their dog before making any decisions

Have pictures, references and paperwork for your dog(s) with you during rental property visits Demonstrate you’re a responsible dog owner and renter.

Most supporters agree that the search takes considerable effort and time. Make sure to start looking early. Be patient.