PASADENA, Calif. (February 21, 2020) – – The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and Housing Rights Center will co-host “Pets & Rental Housing,” a presentation for tenants and landlords. This educational session will be held on Wednesday, February 26 from 6 to 8pm at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA and will be available in English and Spanish.
Topics will include a discussion of California housing law, service vs. emotional support animals, tips for finding pet friendly housing, and the benefits of offering pet friendly rental units. The formal presentation will be followed by a Q&A with representatives of the Housing Rights Center and Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA.
Around 54% of homes are occupied by renters in Los Angeles County, making Los Angeles one of the largest rental markets in the United States. Yet only a limited number of rental units allow pets. Additionally, many pet-friendly rentals have size, species and breed restrictions, as well as monthly pet rent.
“While it’s clear that animals can help persons with disabilities thrive in their homes in many ways, pets for all persons can reduce stress and loneliness and provide an opportunity for bonding with other pet owners which can contribute to an overall healthy and connected community,” states Chancela Al-Mansour, Executive Director, of the Housing Rights Center.
The large size of LA’s renter pool and the limited availably of pet-friendly housing combined with the fact that an estimated 67% of Americans own pets, often results in a struggle for LA County residents to find affordable housing with their pets. Faced with limited housing options, pet owners may be forced to rehome their pets with friends and family or relinquish their pets to a shelter.
“Nearly every day we see dogs, cats and other critters turned into the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA because their owner is moving and cannot take them along,” said Jack Hagerman, the organization’s Vice President of Community Relations. “It’s a heartbreaking reality with a clear solution—we need more affordable pet-friendly housing in our community.”
Both landlords and tenants are encouraged to attend. Guests of all ages are welcome. Please leave your pets at home. Free; no RSVP required. Parking available onsite. Please visit pasadenahumane.org for more information.