USA: Help Keep Pets and People Together in Public Housing!

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US H.R. 5828—Pets Belong with Families Act
ASPCA Position: Support
Sponsors: Reps. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Lauren Underwood (D-IL), Cori Bush (D-MO)

The Pets Belong with Families Act (H.R. 5828) would remove overly broad and unfounded restrictions on pets in public housing to help ensure that affordable and stable housing is available to eligible families, regardless of their pet’s breed or size. This bill would still allow for discretion on potentially dangerous, individual animals, but would remove housing barriers for thousands of responsible pet owners.

Why This Bill Is Important

Families experiencing housing insecurity are too often faced with an impossible choice between keeping a beloved pet or having suitable housing. These difficult decisions are often caused by unreasonable restrictions on dog breeds—restrictions that fail to make communities safer while penalizing responsible pet owners and their animals.

There is no sound evidence to support breed restrictions, and no evidence that breed restrictions make communities safer for people or their pets. Dogs should be judged as the individuals they are rather than by erroneous and harmful stereotypes.

What You Can Do

Please use the form below to email your member of the U.S. House of Representatives and urge them to support and cosponsor this bill to ensure pets can remain with their families in public housing. No one should have to decide between their beloved pet and a safe and secure home.

Thank you for speaking up to help keep pets and people together!