Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

Pets and Treating ESRD (end stage renal disease)

October 22, 2013

This is a subject I personally know a lot about.  Several months ago, my husband Morton was diagnosed with the final stages of kidney disease, which requires either dialysis or a kidney transplant in order to survive.  After seeing an article in the Miami Herald ( ) where a kidney patient complained about someone else’s dog at his condo, I was initially a little concerned about our two rescues kitties that we have had with us for over 10 years.  The complainant in the article said he was told that “avoiding fur is a medical imperative.”  Our cats, who provide a lot of emotional comfort for both of us, spend at least part of the night sleeping in bed with us.


Not wanting to have to get rid of our beloved older cats, we discussed the situation with my husband’s nephrologist (kidney specialist).  Avoiding fur is probably best, but with proper precautions, we have been able to do peritoneal dialysis at home and not have any problems with infection.  We have to make sure that when the connection to my husband’s catheter is open (to either connect or disconnect during dialysis)  – or when the opening where the catheter enters his body is uncovered –  that we keep absolute sanitary conditions.  No A/C, no fans and no cats in the room.  When the cats are in the bedroom, the catheter is covered with a clean cotton undershirt.

Bottom line:  it really is possible to keep your own animals with end stage kidney disease.  Just like the allergy excuse (see, the “kidney disease excuse” is an  attempt by people on the other side of the “pets in condos” issue to overplay a potential health risk of allowing pets.    If you live in a condo, though, you should make sure that your animals do not invade someone else’s space.  The man interviewed in the article worried about dogs coming up to sniff him in the elevator.  There is no need to let your animal go near someone who does not want contact with your dog or cat.

Stuff We Like

Poll Shows How Much People Love Their Pets:

Go to  See detailed study results at (need .pdf reader).

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Quote on our petition site ( 

It is hard enough for people who find they must downsize by renting or buying a condo. For cat or dog owners whose babies are part of their family, it is devastating to have to give up their pets. So many times, this contributes towards deep depression, which can add to deterioration of the person’s health. Please, please, allow people to bring their pets!

If you have not already signed out petition please go to the following link and sign it online.  If you have already signed, please ask more people to sign it at .

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A quote from The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them* (, by Wayne Pacelle, head of the Humane Society of the United States (

“There are roughly 171 million dogs and cats in America’s homes – almost three times as many as in the mid-1970’s.  Then there are the millions of rabbits, hamsters, gerbils, fish, and birds.  A census that took note of animals would probably turn up more pets than people in the United States.

“Something in the human heart seems to crave their company, and a lot of pet owners will tell you that their lives and family wouldn’t seem quite the same without the nearness of a animal.”

*See more reading suggestions at


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 ( 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:


Click here:   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:  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

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Citizens for Pets in Condos September news update

September 23, 2011

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Time to contact Florida legislators to sponsor and/or vote for the Simple Majority bill.

Upcoming events – volunteers needed.

News from Citizens for Pets in Condos – You’re Invited!

July 29, 2009

10 You’re Invited to our August fund and awareness raiser in Palm Beach. See the invitation HERE.
2) Make your voice heard
3) Help us help

Go HERE to read the news update.

Citizens for Pets in Condos update

May 6, 2009

My latest article now appears in Natural News: New HUD Rules Make It Easier to Have Emotional Support Animals,

Gary Poliakoff has recently retracted his previous statements that the new HUD rules would make it easier for people to have pets. In Evading no-pet restriction tougher, Palm Beach Post, 04/07/2009, he claims that it is getting easier, rather than more difficult for associations to ban animals. He seems to be stretching the meaning of the north Florida case that he cites in this 4/7/09 column beyond the facts, for reasons I don’t understand. Perhaps it is in response to backlash from condo associations and condo maintenance firms because of his earlier statements.

According to our legal advisors, the case in north Florida was NOT a sign of the pendulum swinging back to tougher handling of pets in condos cases, but rather an indication that emotional support animals are not pets according to the law.*

I actually met, and shook hands, with Gary Poliakoff at the Broward County Fair Housing Month Celebration and Symposium this past Friday. He gave a presentation on the history of pets being allowed for disabled persons in no-pet housing and gave more details about the north Florida case. He agreed that the main reason for the case going against the unit owner was that he initially tried to get pets allowed and did not say he had an assistive animal. Mr. Poliakoff publicly stated that he himself is an animal person and has horses, a dog, cats, turtles, etc. The problem is that his firm represents the association boards. Attorney Mathew W. Dietz of Coral Gables (Miami area) also spoke at the conference, but he represents the unit owners.

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New article added to our benefits tab,

Research suggests owning a pet could make you healthier,

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Added to our news tab,

Refilling an Empty Nest, When — if ever — is it too late to get another pet
[This burning question might be the REAL reason behind no-pet deed restrictions in 55+ housing.]

Pet Airways of Delray Beach plans to take off with only dogs and cats aboard

[This is another sign of an increasingly pet-friendly environment in south Florida.]

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