Please note that the signature count shown here is ONLY a partial count and does NOT include the signatures on paper petitions. Go to http://www.petsincondos.org/ to see the full count (updated monthly).
Please join Citizens for Pets in Condos in our efforts to increase acceptance of companion animals in condos and other types of association-run housing. Our motto is "creating a win-win situation for people & pets."
Many thousands of people in Florida have been denied the opportunity to improve their health and well-being with pet companionship in dwellings they own. Most condo owners in south Florida live under no-pet deed restrictions. To a lesser extent, the issue of no-pet deed restrictions is troublesome in other parts of the country. Seniors and lower middle-class people who live in condos and other forms of common interest ownership communities want a change.
We want a law here like the one in Califoria that says "No governing documents shall prohibit an owner of a separate interest within a common interest development from keeping at least one pet within the common interest development subject to reasonable rules and regulations of the association."
As of November 2008 we had over 20,000 signatures. (We also collect signatures on paper. Paper petitions can be printed off from http://www.petsincondos.org/.) But we are pushing to get five times that many signatures in order to get a law with "teeth". Florida State Representative Julio Robaina has committed to help us again in 2008 to work for some pet-friendly legislation.
Click HERE to read about our current legislative effort - require only a simple majority to change pet rules. What happened to the Emotional Support Animal bill? Click HERE to find out.
If you live in Florida, please contact your state-level (as opposed to your US/federal level) legislators. Tell them you want legislation (like they have in California) to allow pets in association-run housing. Go to http://tinyurl.com/2ya6vq to find your Florida legislators by zipcode. When we get 50,000 signatures, on paper and online, we will bring the results to the Flroida legislature.
You can help SPREAD THE WORD about our petition. To help you, our web site http://www.petsincondos.org has printable petition forms, flyers, and mini-ads that you can post and distribute. Bring them to your veterinarians office, groomers, pets stores, grocery stores, etc.
Many thousands of people have signed this petition to allow persons who own their homes to keep pets as long as they are responsible for any damage caused by their pets.
The prestigious Mayo Clinic reports on what scientists know about pets and your health:
"If you already have a pet, you likely know it takes a bit of work. But the work often pays off. Dogs need regular walks which gets you out walking, too. And the health benefits of walking are well documented. On the other hand, a pet may be able to sense your moods and seek you out when you need some care offering a warm nuzzle or, in the case of a cat, simply resting in your lap and purring. Here's how living with and caring for a cherished animal can positively affect your health:
Living with and caring for a pet may protect your heart after a heart attack. Scientists have found that people who owned dogs were more likely to be alive one year after a heart attack than were people who didn't own dogs.
Protect your heart and blood vessels and help you cope with stress.
In comparisons of the heart rate and blood pressure of people without pets versus those of pet-owners, people with pets had lower heart rates and blood pressure levels. An added benefit was that people with pets also had less increase in their heart rate and blood pressure when put under stress. Their blood pressure also dropped faster after a stressful event. People being treated for high blood pressure with an angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor received additional blood pressure-lowering benefits while under stress if they also owned a pet.
Improve your mood and sense of well-being.
Studies of older adults have found that those who shared their lives with pets were less likely to experience depression, were better able to tolerate living alone, and were more active than were their counterparts who didn't have pets. In people with AIDS, those who owned pets experienced less depression than did people with AIDS who didn't have pets. Pets may also reduce feelings of loneliness among nursing home residents."
The Center for Disease Control similarly touts the health benefits of pet companionship: "Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Why do people have pets? There are many reasons. Some of the health benefits of pets are listed below. Pets can decrease your: Blood pressure Cholesterol levels Triglyceride levels Feelings of loneliness Pets can increase your: Opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities Opportunities for socialization"
Many groups support the health benefits of pet ownership. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) issued a statement supporting the health benefits of animal companionship for people. The Delta Society provides abstracts, articles, and bibliographies on the health benefits of animals to people.
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