April 2013 e-newsletter

May 1, 2013

Bomb Dog K-9 Deputy Added to Advisory Board

Citizens FOR Pets in Condos has expanded its board of professional advisors. We are happy to welcome Deputy Angelo Portoro (and his bomb-sniffing dog Dano) to our advisory board. Read more about him at http://www.petsincondos.org/K9DeputyPortoro.html. Learn who our other board members are on our about page at http://www.petsincondos.org/CitizensFORPetsInCondos.htm.

Deputy Portoro says, “Most dogs are a reflection of their owners. If you have an irresponsible owner, it goes right down the leash.”

Read about Jada, the Pit Bull Who is an Ambassador for Her Breed

Citizens FOR Pets in Condos does not agree with size or breed limits. Dogs should be evaluated individually for temperament and training. The story of Jada is a case in point.  Read it at http://www.petsincondos.org/JadaPitBullAmbassador.html.

Let us make perfectly clear that agreeing that pit bulls can be family pets does NOT mean that we agree with dog fighting. We are very much against abuse of animals.

Pet News and Views

The dogfight between South Florida pet owners, condo associations:


Spending on pet food grew to record in 2012:


Should Pets Be Allowed In Hospitals?:


Seeing more health-related and preventive health products on the market that help pets maintain healthy:


Apartments: Wooing Dogs and Their Owners:


Find more news at http://petsincondos.org/news.htm.


March e-newsletter

April 3, 2013

Dear Citizens for Pets in Condos,
We bring you news and action-items related to our mission to increase acceptance of companion animals in condos and other types of association-run housing.


Please Tell FL Legislators You Support HB1073, with modifications

We LIKE HB1073 (http://tinyurl.com/HB1073) sponsored by Ricardo Rangel (D, Osceola) otherwise named the “Dawson and David Caras Act” which provides rights for individuals accompanied by service animals. However we request adding these changes:

1) Add “Medical documentation which reasonably corroborates the need for an assistance animal is all that shall be required to obtain approval for the assistance animal, and no intrusive search of psychological records is authorized under this Act.”

2) Modify the section on removing animals (first sentence of section 2 e) to allow the animal owner /guardian a chance to correct the nuisance behavior.)*

3) Add “Assistance animals are allowed to stay with the surviving spouse /family if the person who needed the assistance animal dies. An animal is a living being, not a piece of equipment like a cane or walker.”

Also, if Emotional Support Animals get included in the bill, we want the following information added, as well, regarding this type of assistance animal:

1. Specialized task training of ESAs is unnecessary – “emotional support animals do not need training to ameliorate the effects of a person’s mental and emotional disabilities. Emotional support animals by their very nature, and without training, may relieve depression and anxiety, and/or help reduce stress-induced pain in persons with
certain medical conditions affected by stress.”

2. Documentation of the need for an ESA may come from “physician, psychiatrist, social worker, or other mental health professional.” In Florida, “other mental health professionals” refers to the following health care professionals duly
licensed by the Florida Department of Health:
• licensed mental health counselors
• licensed clinical psychologists
• licensed clinical social workers\
• licensed marriage and family therapists.
3. There is no need for formal CERTIFICATION of the disability.
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See a summary statement of the bill here:  http://tinyurl.com/HB1073-summary


Click here: http://tinyurl.com/HB1073   for the full original text of the bill.

*Eg, change the first sentence of HB1073, 2e to say: “A public accommodation may exclude or remove any animal from the premises, including an assistance animal, if a) the owner / guardian or handler of the animal fails to keep said animal under control or b) fails to resolve nuisance issues such as growling or excessive barking or c) the animal bites or otherwise poses a direct threat to the health and safety of others.”


Other Bills We LIKE

1) S.B. 1320 and companion bill H.B. 1121. This bill would save countless cats’ lives by encouraging communities to implement Trap-Neuter-Return programs. They would also clarify that Trap-Neuter-Return is not abandonment, ensuring that caregivers returning cats after neutering are safe from being charged.

Click here: http://tinyurl.com/CommunityCatBill  to sign a petition from Alley Cat Allies in favor of this bill.

2) Senate Bill 1614 (and its companion, House Bill 1257) would restrict the sale or giving away of dogs and cats in unregulated public places such as parking lots, alleys and highways. It would also require sellers, including pet stores and online vendors, to disclose the health and origins of the puppies and kittens they sell. This bill is designed to protect purchasers who may unknowingly buy an animal that is unhealthy, or from a puppy mill or backyard breeder who doesn’t provide safe and humane conditions for the animals bred and sold.


Citizens FOR Pets in Condos is a non-profit public advocacy and educational organization dedicated to increasing acceptance of companion animals in condos and other types of association-run housing. We educate the public about the health benefits of having animal companions and also advocate for responsible pet ownership/guardianship. Our motto: “creating a win-win situation for both people & pets.”

We provide resources for a pet-friendly America/Florida


Maida W. Genser
Citizens for Pets in Condos, Inc

Visit our web page – http://www.petsincondos.org
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Contact Us:

PO Box 26071
Tamarac, Florida 33320

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January /February 2013 e-newsletter

April 3, 2013
e-Newsletter from Citizens for Pets in CondosDear Citizens for     Pets in Condos,

We bring you news and     action-items related to our mission to increase acceptance of companion     animals in condos and other types of association-run housing.

Tijuana Flats Just     in Queso Benefits Us on 2/20

Have dinner at Tijuana     Flats, 7942 W Commercial Blvd, Lauderhill, FL  any time     between 5 and- 9 PM, on Wednedsay 2/20 and 10 % of what you spend at     the restaurant will be donated to our cause. Bring your dogs and     eat at an outside table. See the menu.

Citizens for Pets in     Condos Speakers BureauOn 2/5/2013 Maida Genser     (President of Citizens for Pets in Condos) and Edel Miedes (of K9 Advisors,     dog trainer and member of the Citizens for Pets in Condos advisory board)     spoke at Pointe Overlook Condos in Lantana, FL.  The presentation     focused on the steps to create a pets accepted community.  Need a     speaker related to the topic of pets in condos?  Contact us at info@petsincondos.org.
Stuff We Like

Funny Cats Sing in the New Year

The Unconditional Love Of A Dog

The Trend for Positive     Images of Pit Bulls in Books (see item #4 in the 12/17/12 blog entry at Scratchings and Sniffings)

December e-newsletter

December 21, 2012

Dec 2012 e-newsletter – http://tinyurl.com/c3g978c, Share the Love this Holiday Season, plus some tidbits.

The Next Big Thing

November 5, 2012
a returning war veteran reunites with his dog

A war veteran has a happy reunion with his dog

For a while now I have been collecting information on war veterans and organizations that help them reunite with and keep pets.  Our organization has been involved on the side of this effort by helping when veterans are challenged with no-pet rules where they live.  I am adding a section to our web page on this topic in time for Veterans Day. 

So Here’s My Next Big Thing

What is the Working Title of your Project?

It’s Information on Pets and Vetswww.petsincondos.org/PetsandVeterans.pdf

Where did the idea come from for the website?

It came from helping veterans be able to keep their companion animals in “no-pet” condos..  I got the idea of making this project our next big thing from Carol at www.feedingfidoandfluffy.com.     

Our organization provides information and referrals to a lot of people to help them be able to keep their beloved animals.  This is a new topic to be included on our rather extensive web page, Citizens for Pets in Condos, http://www.petsincondos.org, and in our next e-newsletter.

What genre does your site fall under?

Our organization, Citizens for Pets in Condos, has a web page, plus a group and  community on Facebook, a cause on Causes, and a presence on Twitter.  We send out a e-newsletter via Constant Contact and post a link to the e-newsletter with a short table of contents on WordPress at https://allowpetsincondos.wordpress.com/.

If it becomes a book and then a movie, what actors would you choose to play your characters?

I would love to have Mary Tyler Moore be the main character, but there are so many celebrities who have pets and a lot who support pet causes.  Another person I would like to include is Gloria Estafan because she lives in south Florida where we run our organization and she has written several children’s books about bull dogs.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your website

Citizens for Pets in Condos is a public advocacy group and educational organization which is striving to gain acceptance of companion animals in housing that has no-pet deed restrictions.

If it becomes a book will it be self published or handled by an agency?

Definitely self published.

How long will you be working on it?

Probably forever. Our web page platform is constantly evolving, and people keep creating new themes and plugins for it. We will keep on going until pets are allowed everywhere.  Allow the pets; disallow nuisance pet behavior.

What other sites would you compare it to?

The old site for Doris Day Animal League had some useful information related to our topic, but that organization has been taken over by the Humane Society of the United States and they have downplayed the content that relates to our efforts.

Who or what inspired you to start this website?

Hundreds of thousands of perfectly adoptable cats and dogs get euthanized each year just in south Florida, while probably at least as many people would love to adopt them, but htye are prevented from doing so because of no-pet deed restrictions.

What else about the site might pique the reader’s interest?

People mainly find our site to learn how to apply to get an emotional support animal or how to convert thier housing complex to allow pets.

Passing the Torch

Look for a Next Big Thing coming soon from Yvonne DiVita who does the Scratchings and Sniffings blog at http://www.scratchingsandsniffings.com

Yvonne is a Social Media Professional with a focus on women, pets, and using blogs  for deveoping business. Presently, she is hard at work on BlogPaws www.blogpaws.com, the online community for pet bloggers – we are the voice of pets online. BlogPaws is a yearly conference as well as an online community of like-minded pet parents. BlogPaws offers sponsorships and advertising, as well as blogger outreach programs. It’s always about the blogger!

October Update

October 15, 2012

The October Citizens FOR Pets in Condos update may be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/8efc6o6.

Contents:  1) Results of our 8/12/2012 Animal Adoption Fair (http://www.animaladoptionfair.com), 2) Chilis GiveBack fundraiser, 10/17 Coral Springs, FL, 3) letters in response to our last e-newsletter

June / July e-news update

August 1, 2012

http://tinyurl.com/cpblxjp  Good and Bad Dogs for Condos?

How HUD Helps Us – 2012 Fair Housing Report

June 1, 2012

Read the latest Citizens FOR Pets in Condos e-newsletter at http://tinyurl.com/6ubzc9x.

Topics include our annual fair housing report, miscellaneous tidbits and an announcement of our 2nd annual animal adoption event – http://www.animaladoption.com.


Citizens FOR Pets in Condos March updae

March 30, 2012

http://tinyurl.com/7prk7so –  2012 Florida legislative session recap, plus some other tidbits.

February e-newsletter – the very sad story of Nick Santino

March 1, 2012

February e-newsletter – http://tinyurl.com/7r8alts the sad story of Nick Santino