Pets and Rental Housing


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A FIREPAW educational video about the economic realities of renting to tenants with pets.*

Created for landlords, rental property owners and tenants with pets, the video explores the findings from FIREPAW’s national scientific research study on companion animal renters published in the peer-reviewed international journal Anthrozoos and book written especially for landlords: Pets Welcome! How Landlords can Make More Money by Going Pet-Friendly

*Based on findings from the national Companion Animal Renters Study [CARS] and the Companion Animal Renters Program [CARP].


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Based on the findings of the authors groundbreaking national Companion Animal Renters Study, this book is the quintessential *how to* manual for rental property owners who are considering renting to people with pets, or who are currently pet-friendly and want to increase their bottom line, for tenants with companion animals, for faculty members, attorneys and other professionals who focus on animal-related issues, and animal welfare organizations who work with landlords and tenants about pet-related issues.


Every year in our country there are several million healthy, loving companion animals who are torn away from their family members and killed.  The reason?  Research results indicate one of the primary reasons is a severe lack of available pet-friendly housing.  The result has led to a divisive, sometimes hostile relationship between landlords and tenants with pets.

Pets Welcome!  How Landlords Can Make More Money by Going Pet-Friendly is an effort aimed at calling a truce between landlords and tenants with pets by providing both sides with the information and tools needed to increase the overall numbers of “pet-friendly” rental options in a way that is beneficial for all involved. The book is based in part on the findings of the authors’ groundbreaking national Companion Animal Renters Study (CARS). Among other things, the study examined rentals with regard to pet-friendly/pets prohibited status, a variety of financial and economic factors, rental, deposit, turnover and damage histories, rental tendencies and trends, and landlords’ personal beliefs and attitudes about allowing companion animal renters.

The result?  In short, the Companion Animal Renters Study dispelled the myths about pets and housing. The study was widely published and the response to the findings was so strong among tenants with animals and professionals within the animal welfare arena that it resulted in the development of the Companion Animal Renters Program (CARP), a free consulting service designed to assist landlords considering going pet-friendly.  Both the Companion Animal Renters study and training program were the driving force of this book.

Who should read Pets Welcome! How Landlords Can Make More Money by Going Pet-Friendly?

Rental property owners, professionals considering going into the business of rental property, rental property managers, heads of large corporate apartment complexes, condominium associations, landlord associations, attorneys focusing on landlord’s rights as well as animal-related issues, municipal leaders considering pet-friendly legislation changes, animal trainers, and anyone working within the animal welfare arena, as well as university instructors focusing in the areas of pet law and tenant and landlord rights. In short, this book is for everyone who has a vested interest in ending the pet wars between landlords and tenants—no matter if the center of their interest has two legs or four—but especially for rental property owners who want to increase their bottom-line profits.


FIREPAW is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization…proceeds from sales of this book go towards our education programs.


 Get the Companion Animal Renters Program Materials Here

Watch the FIREPAW Television Program for Landlords and Tenants of Companion Animal Renters

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