PAGO, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, wants to help end pet homelessness. Today the Central Florida-based facility launched their Apartment Registry Program, a partnership focused on expanding the amount of pet-friendly rental properties in the area.
The program will give expanded exposure to participating properties who will, as partners, provide additional housing options to families with pets including cats and dogs, regardless of breed or size.
Says Stephen Bardy, Executive Director of PAGO,
“Of the 400 calls received daily, 20 percent are from pet owners inquiring about relinquishing their companions due to rental property restrictions on breed and size.”
In 2016, 1800 pets were surrendered to PAGO from families who were unable to find pet-friendly housing, or had landlord issues.
Of this groundbreaking initiative, PAGO’s Cathy Rodgers says,
“We’re trying to reduce the number of dogs surrendered to shelters due to housing issues. We’re trying to jump ahead of the curve and get some results!”
PAGO has designed the program to give increased visibility to housing partners who agree to lift breed and size restrictions on pets by giving them direct links on PAGO’s website. Partners will also get signage at PAGO facilities, so pet families who stop in will easily see available options if they are exploring new housing options.
They will also offer special educational and/or medical resources for residents of each complex, with the additional opportunity for residents to volunteer at PAGO facilities.
PAGO estimates that more than half-a-million residents are looking for affordable pet-friendly housing at any moment – 13 complexes are already on board!
PAGO has two locations in Central Florida; each provide education, outreach, veterinary care, adoption and shelter facilities for Florida residents. For more information, please go to petallianceorlando.org. PAGO‘s available adoptables, including Nena, featured above, can be seen seven days a week, from noon to 6 PM.
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