Compelling research and actionable tools to create more pet-inclusive rental communities

Michelson Found Animals Foundation and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) believe that pets enrich people’s lives and that everyone should have access to the joy of pets.


The Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative was created to field research that demonstrates the benefits of pet-friendly housing to owner/operators, residents, and communities. From this research, we develop resources and partnerships that seek to increase the availability of pet-friendly rental housing.

Michelson Found Animals Foundation and the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) believe that pets enrich people’s lives and that everyone should have access to the joy of pets.


The Pet-Inclusive Housing Initiative was created to field research that demonstrates the benefits of pet-friendly housing to owner/operators, residents, and communities. From this research, we develop resources and partnerships that seek to increase the availability of pet-friendly rental housing.

PETS ARE A BIG, BELOVED PART OF OUR WORLD

PETS ARE A BIG, BELOVED PART OF OUR WORLD

2 in 3

American homes have pets


​Over 90%

​of owner/operators and
residents (including those without pets)

agree pets are important members
of the family

BUT THE MEANING OF PET-FRIENDLY IS UP FOR DEBATE

BUT THE MEANING OF PET-FRIENDLY IS UP FOR DEBATE

76%

of owner/operators consider themselves pet-friendly

of owner/operators consider themselves pet-friendly

... yet 72%

of residents say pet-friendly
housing is hard to find

of residents say pet-friendly
housing is hard to find

Our research points to

​PET RESTRICTIONS

as the chief disconnect


​1 in 2

"dog-friendly" units limit weight




That disconnect

impacts resident

decision making

when selecting

housing

24%

​“My pet ha​​​​s been a reason for me needing to move”


​​Pet Policy is s​econd only to budget when searching for a home.

PET OWNERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO COMPROMISE ON

PET OWNERS ARE MORE LIKELY TO COMPROMISE ON

Amount of

Bedrooms

​Desired
Neighborhood

​Outdoor
Space/Yard

​Distance from
Work/School

OWNER/OPERATORS CAN ADAPT AND WIN
OUR RESEARCH SHOWS PETS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS

OWNER/OPERATORS CAN ADAPT AND WIN
OUR RESEARCH SHOWS PETS ARE GOOD FOR BUSINESS

​83%

​of owner/operators say that pet-friendly vacancies can be filled faster.

​21%

​of residents in pet-friendly units stay longer versus for non-pet-friendly units.

So how do we build and benefit from a

pet positive world?

​Through research, resources and partnership.

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​Our mission of saving pets, enriching lives is made possible by the generous 

contributions of Dr. Gary Michelson and Alya Michelson

​© 2020 MICHELSON FOUND ANIMALS FOUNDATION, INC.