Removing Barriers to Pets in Housing

Keeping Pets and People Together

Family hugging dog

The ASPCA is working hard to remove barriers to keeping families intact—and one of the largest barriers is housing. We are actively advocating for more equitable access to pet-friendly housing, which, unfortunately, is becoming increasingly scarce. 

Most of us consider our pets to be part of the family. Sadly, these bonds are being strained by restrictive policies that make it particularly challenging for families, especially lower-income households and renters, to secure housing that accommodates their four-legged family members. Breed, size and weight restrictions, no-pet policies, high pet deposits, and a lack of pet-friendly emergency sheltering options all serve as major challenges to keeping pets and people together.