ORLANDO, Fla. – No loving pet owner wants wants to leave their furry friend behind when they move, but in Central Florida, that's often an unfortunate reality.
In 2016, nearly 1,800 animals were relinquished to the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando because the owners couldn't find local apartments that would allow their pets, often because of breed or size restrictions.
“Of the 400 calls received daily at the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, 20 percent are from pet owners inquiring about relinquishing their companions due to rental-property restrictions on breed and size,” Stephen Bardy, executive director of the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, said in a news release.
The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando is hoping to help combat animal homelessness with its new pet friendly apartment registry, officially announced Thursday in conjunction with the shelter's 80th anniversary.
Local apartment complexes are encouraged to remove their breed and size restrictions, and in exchange the Pet Alliance will list the apartment on its website and direct pet owners to those apartments when they're looking to move into animal-friendly housing.
So far, 13 apartment complexes in cities across Central Florida have opted into the program. To see a full list of those apartments, visit PetAllianceOrlando.org.