Most dog owners understand the stress and inconvenience of owning a larger breed. In fact, one of the greatest hassles of owning a dog is finding a place to live. It’s the norm to be turned away from the majority of rental properties because landlords will not accept larger dogs, or dogs at all.
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Jade Rouzeau is not your typical landlord. She rents her 3-bedroom house in Jacksonville, Florida to families with large dog breeds only. Get this; they even get extra brownie points for bringing Pit bulls.
“People who contact us about our rental are often in disbelief, thinking that our requirement is too good to be true,” Rouzeau told TODAY in an email.
Rouzeau is a real estate agent and a dog rescuer, with two pit bulls of her own. She rents out her home because her husband, Greg, who is a Navy officer, was transferred to Norfolk, Virginia, where they now currently reside.
So why are only big dogs allowed at Rouzeau’s property? What about small dogs? Rouzeau believes smaller dogs have a much easier time finding rental apartments and homes.
“While we appreciate their interest, we politely decline to rent to them,” Rouzeau said.
All large breeds are welcome, but especially Rottweiler’s, Pit Bulls, German Shepherds or any other dogs found under “restricted breeds.” We all know from research and factual evidence that specific dog breeds do not make a dog violent but that doesn’t stop property owners from turning them down.
The scarcity of home or apartment rentals is one of the key reasons people give up their pets to animal shelters.
“Some people are forced to relinquish their pets to shelters, ripping those families apart. Being forced to choose between a beloved pet and a safe home can have detrimental impacts on people’s physical health and emotional well-being, and contributes to the euthanasia of nearly 3 million healthy, adoptable dogs and cats in shelters each year,” The Human Society states.
Rouzeau would like to help people avoid the choice between living or getting rid of your dog. She wants to make it simple, keep the dog and rent with her.
“In addition to inquiries about renting the house, we get a flood of emails, texts and calls from people just thanking us for looking out for our fellow pit bull parents,” said Rouzeau. “It’s almost as though it’s a secret society, an immediate understanding of what it’s like to have one of these dogs.”
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If you live in the Los Angeles area and are interested in adopting a Pit Bull, visit: http://www.angelcitypits.org/