In my search for a new apartment, I discovered that most “pet friendly” apartments do not accommodate races of any kind.
As the mother dog of an 80 pound pit bull, I have hit several dead ends due to weight requirements or breed restrictions while trying to find a welcoming apartment in Charlotte.
Why is this important: There could be long-term, even disastrous, consequences if a dog owner cannot find a home that welcomes their breed.
KC Thompson, community outreach manager for the Humane Society, said, “Pit bulls and mixed breeds are among the most commonly abandoned dogs.”
- Other restricted breeds include Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Great Danes.
The big picture: Some dog owners face more hurdles as apartment prices rise.
- Thompson says a lot of people had pets when the pandemic started and now inflation has also forced tough financial decisions.
- 71% of dog parents say pet costs have increased due to inflation, with annual expenses rising from $480 to $3,470, according to Vagabond.
Enlarge: Some apartments I have called restrict commonly prohibited dogs by listing weight limits.
- Locations that allow two dogs will usually have a limit that matches the combined weight.
The other side: Apartment managers I spoke to told me they had restrictions because insurers consider certain breeds a liability to the property or tenants. Restrictions vary by location, but in some cases may be at the owner’s discretion.
- Pet deposits may also be covered by The Humane Society depending on funding.
- Pet talks can provide safety assurances to owners who view breeds as a threat to residents.
- A resume or dog references could convince management that your pet is non-destructive.
- Pet training is offered at The Humane Society to support owners.
The bottom line: There are apartment options available that accommodate dogs of all shapes and sizes.