Open more Los Angeles homes to pets
  • Petitioned Los Angeles City Council

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Los Angeles City Council

Open more Los Angeles homes to pets

    1. Jen McGowan & Missy Hargraves
    2. Petition by

      Jen McGowan & Missy Hargraves

      Venice, CA

Wonderful work is being done by No Kill LA ( to make Los Angeles a no kill city. However I believe they are lacking one major element that could greatly reduce the number of animals in shelters and it's something the city council could and should address.

A large number of Los Angelenos rent their homes and a great deal of landlords do not allow pets. If landlords were incentivized to permit tenants with pets, so long as the tenants were liable for any damages and were responsible for their pet's behavior, such as existing laws about excessive barking, it would open a huge number of homes to animals in need.

I also believe that it could increase community relationships and prevent crime as people are inclined to walk their dogs in their neighborhoods and meet their neighbors when they do. Having pets can also be a benefit to an tenant's physical and mental fitness, so it could be a health initiative as well.

I am confident that an ordinance can be drafted that removes any risk to the landlord and creates a win-win situation for tenants who would like to open their home to a pet and for pets in desperate need of that loving home.


Spanish translation:

Un maravilloso trabajo está siendo hecho por  No Kill LA ( para hacer de Los Ángeles una ciudad de no matar.

Sin embargo,  creo que aún falta un elemento mayor que podría reducir en gran cantidad el número de animales en refugios y es algo que el ayuntamiento podría y debería dirigir.

Un gran número de Los Ángelinos alquilan sus hogares y una gran cantidad de propietários no permiten mascotas.  Si se ofrecíeran incentivos a los propietários que permitieran que sus inquilinos tuvíessen mascotas , siempre que los inquilinos fueran sujetos al pago de daños y perjuicios, y responsables por el comportamiento de sus mascotas, como al obedecer las leyes que ya existen de ladrido, abriria muchas puertas a animals con necesidad de un hogar.

También creo que  mejoraría las relaciónes en la communidad y podría ayudar a prevenir el crimen, ya que la gente con mascotas tiende a pasear las en su vecindário y asi conocen a sus vecinos.  El tener mascotas es un beneficio a la salud física y mental,  asi que también podría ser una inciativia de salud.

Tengo toda confianza que una ordenanza podría ser redactada que eliminaría qualquier riesgo al proprietario y crearía una situacíon ganadora para ambos lados:  a los inquillinos que quieren abrir sus puertas a una mascota  y para animales en necesidad de un hogar lleno de amor.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Much Love loves us!

      Jen McGowan & Missy Hargraves
      Petition Organizer

      HUGE thanks to Much Love Animal Rescue who have featured our petition on the front page of their website. Check it out and spread the love!

      Much Love Animal Rescue

      Westfield Century City Mall Adoption Saturday, 10-27-2012 time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm location: 10250 Santa Monica Blvd - between mall and Westfield office bldg Santa Monica Mobile Adoption Sunday, 10-28-2012 time: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm location: santa Monica: 2515 Main St.

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Increasing signature goal

      Jen McGowan & Missy Hargraves
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you everyone for supporting this cause. I'm so happy to find that this petition has garnered 75 signatures in just over a day! And on a gorgeous summer weekend nonetheless!

      I'm going to raise the signature goal to 250 and see how we do. Please spread the word on Facebook and to friends, family, colleagues and other animal lovers. Who knows how many we can get! And how many shelter animals we can help open homes for!


      Jen McGowan

    5. Pets & Landlords

      Jen McGowan & Missy Hargraves
      Petition Organizer

      Maia Atake wrote this wonderful article that she just brought to my attention.

    6. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Kristin Davila WOODLAND HILLS, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Our adopted pets are crucial to teaching children compassion !!! This ordinance makes perfect sense ...

    • Suthasinee Virnig GLENDALE, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Please change these little animal lives by adopting them. They will be your friends for life.

    • Mauli Fry LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 12 months ago

      There are so many apartments in Los Angeles, and so many apartments that do not allow pets. Many responsible people want pets and can't have them because of this. This would save many lives.

      • about 1 year ago

      Pets are so special and everyone should be allowed to have one!

    • Camille Garrett MARINA DEL REY, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      i have had dogs and other animals my entire life, but now that i am looking for my own place, it is very hard to find a place that allows animals, and i really want a dog!


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