July 2013 e-newsletter

Pete’s Sad Story

Peter C. is a retired dog trainer with disabling back problems and other physical ailments along with all  the accompanying emotional issues.  Citizens for Pets in Condos assisted him in filing a case with Broward County Human Rights Division for failure of the condo board where he was living to provide him with a reasonable accommodation of his emotional support animal.  Peter also trained his dog Maya to assist him by picking things up from the ground for him, eg. if he drops his keys.

Fair housing law does not discriminate by dog size or breed, but the condo board evidently does.  Pete’s dog Maya is a well-disciplined, nice dog that his close neighbors loved – but she is a Doberman Pinscher.
The condo board forced him out of his apartment claiming that the section 8 unit was needed by the mother of the unit owner.  Then they placed ads in the newspapers advertising the unit for rent.  Members of our advisory board are looking into ways to help him.

Pete’s dog is in temporary foster care and Pete has joined the ranks of the homeless.  He refuses to move to a place where he cannot keep his dog.  If you know of an affordable place where Pete and Maya can find a new home (preferably in Broward county, Florida), please contact us at info@petsincondos.org (subject line Pete and Maya).

Pet News and Views

New on the Citizens for Pets in Condos Web Page

1) news section ( http://tinyurl.com/74du3wy ):

Citizens FOR Pets in Condos placed an item in the Tamarac, FL 50th anniversary time capsule.  To see what we placed in the time capsule, go to http://tinyurl.com/l9bkaho (needs PDF reader)

2) links section ( http://tinyurl.com/lz9cjzf  ):

Beat the Heat:  Summer Pet Safety – http://tinyurl.com/SummerPetSafety
(source: Susan Lowe’s daughter Mary)

Pet Auto Safety, guest article by pet blogger Kathyrn Jacobs

3) pet loss section ( http://www.petsincondos.org/petloss.htm), in memoriam link:

Tribute to M. Butterflies Katz’s dog Kisses,  “35 Reasons Why I Was in Love with a Dog” – http://tinyurl.com/mnyq8xx

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Controversy over Funding No-Kill in Miami, FL

Last year voters in Miami-Dade County voted for a NON-BINDING resolution to increase taxes to fund improvements at animal services to move towards a NO KILL shelter. Mayor Gimenez disappointed all pet-lovers in Miami-Dade County by not including a small tax (amounting to about $20 a year) that could potentially turn Miami’s high kill shelter into a No Kill one.

Read and comment at http://tinyurl.com/m2cgrkd and http://tinyurl.com/ldsd3s6 .  You can also contact the mayor directly at mailto:mayor@miamidade.org

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Controversy over Saving Community (Feral) Cats in Pompano Beach, FL

Pompano Beach, FL Reviewing Feral Cat Policies as Animal Advocates Urge Neuter and Release – http://tinyurl.com/m5q4ddt

Why does Citizens for Pets in Condos care?  Because we suspect that a contributing factor to the issue of too many “community” cats is people abandoning cats when hard economic times force them out of their homes and they cannot find affordable places to relocate where they are allowed to bring their animals.

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What To Do If You See A Yellow Ribbon on a Dog’s Leash

The Yellow Dog Project, a global movement for parents of dogs that need space. The concept behind it is quite simple. If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or other items tied to its leash, that signifies a dog who needs space and you should not attempt to pet the dog or bring your own dog over for a greeting. Now here’s an idea that’s long overdue.

Read more:  http://tinyurl.com/kbepjxn

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