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A Year of Impact in Animal Welfare and Educational Equity and Setting Priorities for 2022

A Year of Impact in Animal Welfare and Educational Equity and Setting Priorities for 2022

The Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative launched with the publication of a major research report in partnership with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute, which led to Congressman Adam Schiff and a group of bipartisan congressional leaders introducing a bill supporting eliminating breed restrictions in public housing. The bill is called the “Pets Belong with Families Act.”

Comprehensive Pet Policies Are Difficult to Find Online

Comprehensive Pet Policies Are Difficult to Find Online

The apartment world is doing a commendable job of moving away from antiquated pet policies in favor of those more fitting for the modern renter. Trouble is, sometimes those policies are impossible to find. 

Misconceptions Underlay Breed Restrictions

Misconceptions Underlay Breed Restrictions

The fact is, there is no data to support that any one breed is more dangerous than another, and by banning certain breeds, apartment owners and operators are unnecessarily closing their doors to good renters and good pets.

MFA’s Judy Bellack Discusses Pet-Inclusive Housing on SullivanSays Podcast

MFA’s Judy Bellack Discusses Pet-Inclusive Housing on SullivanSays Podcast

Michelson Found Animals Foundation (MFA), together with the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI), recently released their Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative (PIHI) report, which found that rental housing owner-operators can benefit financially from enacting more pet-inclusive policies for their tenants.

Congress Members Cite MFA’s Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative Report in Introducing the ‘Pets Belong with Families Act’

Congress Members Cite MFA’s Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative Report in Introducing the ‘Pets Belong with Families Act’

Representatives Adam Schiff (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Lauren Underwood (D-IL), and Cori Bush (D-MO) cited Michelson Found Animals Foundation’s recent Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative (PIHI) report today when introducing a new bill to Congress that would allow families to keep their beloved pets in the home by prohibiting vague and sweeping restrictions against dogs based on breed or size.

Rental Housing Owners Can Attract and Retain More Residents by Adopting Pet-Inclusive Policies, According to New Report

Rental Housing Owners Can Attract and Retain More Residents by Adopting Pet-Inclusive Policies, According to New Report

The vast majority of pet-owning residents and property owners and managers agree that pets are important members of the family, but progress is still needed when it comes to extending that sentiment to pet-inclusive policies for rental housing, according to a new data-rich report from the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) and Michelson Found Animals Foundation.

New Report Highlights the Benefits of Pet-Friendly Housing

New Report Highlights the Benefits of Pet-Friendly Housing

Non-profit organizations Michelson Found Animals Foundation and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) today announced the release of a new Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative (PIHI) Report, outlining the path to create more than 8 million new pet-friendly rental homes in the United States.