You and your pet are family and a vital part of your community. Get support with rental housing resources for pet owners.

Rental Housing Resources for Pet Owners

Resources for Pet Owners

We have rental housing resources for pet owners to help you and your pets be a vital part of the pet-inclusive rental community.

Renters Insurance

Renters Insurance Resource

Many rental housing operators require residents to have renters insurance. Click below for a list of some insurance companies that offer renters policies with no dog breed restrictions.


Myth-Busting Statistics

To have more effective conversations with your rental property owner or manager, be prepared with statistics that demonstrate the benefits of being pet-inclusive.

Fair Housing Act

Understanding the Fair Housing Act

Empower yourself with information about the Fair Housing Act, a federal law that prevents discrimination against tenants in rental homes.

Resources for Big Dogs

Pet-Friendly Housing for Big Dogs

The Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to create resources, including a pet resume template and doggy date playing cards, to help educate about the benefits of allowing good dogs – regardless of their breed or size.

More Resources for Pet Owners

More Resources

Check out more resources for pet-owning renters, from assistance for pets to rental search help.


Help your pet become a welcomed and loved part of the community by following some easy tips aimed at keeping everyone happy.


Help your pet get to know your neighbors – both people and pets. Just first make sure the others welcome the attention.

Pick it up

Poop is part of pethood. When nature calls, make sure you immediately clean up after your pet and properly dispose of the waste.


Giving your pet enough exercise and mental stimulation is key to helping them release energy. Without it, pets might develop negative behavioral issues.


Ensure your pet is always wearing an identification tag and that their registration is up to date. Also, consider microchipping your pet in case they ever get lost.


Prevent your pet from sharing unwanted attention or wandering where they’re not supposed to by always leashing up. Consider working with your community to create an off-leash park where pets can roam free.


Teaching your pet basic cues not only helps you build a pet-positive community; understanding simple cues like “sit” and “stay” can help save their life in an emergency situation.


When considering a new pet, seek out resources to make an informed decision, and choose one that’s a good fit for your home and lifestyle.


You and your pet are lucky to have each other. Giving your pet love and attention not only strengthens your bond, it helps build a more pet-positive community all together. When times get tough, resources are available in your community to help you keep your pet, and your local animal shelter is a great place to start.

Our 190-pound Great Dane Mastiff mix cut down on the number of places that we could move into. It was difficult to find one that would let us have a dog that size. But then we found The Crest and really liked it and have been happy with everything so far.


Resident at pet-inclusive rental community in Naples, FL

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