Chances are that if you own a Pit Bull, you have known the difficulty of finding a place to live with them in a world where they are so frequently feared and discriminated against.
Though with faces like these, we can’t see why people are so afraid…
This is what Colleen of Rhode Island and her husband are dealing with currently as they plan to relocate to North Carolina. Their simple yet poignant plea on Craigslist says it all.
It starts off:
“My husband and I (in our 40’s, no children) are ISO a 2-3 bedroom house to rent; preferably within 30 miles from NC State. We have two medium-sized, non-aggressive pit bull rescues and two indoor rescue cats. (The cats are alpha animals, by the way, the dogs are tied for 3rd place.)”
They go on to state that they are current home owners with spotless backgrounds and credit, non-smokers, and basically the perfect tenants. So the only reason to think that anyone wouldn’t rent to them is because they own two Pit Bulls.
Colleen and her husband’s adorable and well-behaved Pibbles, Rex and Zeke
BarkPost reached out to the couple to find out more. Colleen tells us that she has worked for the State Police in the past, and has now found work in North Carolina. She is already living there temporarily and looking for a permanent place so that her husband and their cherished rescue pets can move down as well. Unfortunately, the search has come up empty so far. Most times, they can’t even get a response to their inquiries.
The fact that they have four animals could also factor in, as Colleen told us that she is “finding it nearly impossible to find housing to include not only our two little (18″) Pitties, but also our two cats.”
She went on to say:
“While there is no specific breed restriction [in NC], there is INCREDIBLE bias against the breed. Both of our dogs are rescues and needed to be put through temperament testing in order to be adopted out, but nobody wants to hear it.”
Those of us that have experience with what wonderful pets Pit Bull-type breeds make are sure to empathize with their plight. These people have gone out of their way to rescue animals that may have otherwise been euthanized, and are now being ostracized because of it.
Can you imagine someone not wanting to rent to these two snuggle bugs?
Aside from the cities trying to put a ban on specific breeds like Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, many landlords place restrictions on size, weight, and number of pets allowed in a home. If only they read BarkPost and saw just how many dogs save their owners lives from emergency situations like house fires. Pit Bulls are a built in alarm system that everyone should have!
Colleen and her family would ideally like to be within a 30 minute commute of North Carolina State University in Raleigh, and are looking for rent between $700 and $900. They are even willing to do landscaping and yard work! Colleen only has until the end of June to be out of her current rental AND to find a place to live that her husband can bring the pups to be reunited with her. Won’t you help these loving, responsible pet owners and their well-behaved pack find a place to live?
Here are some responsible Pibbles chilling outside of their homes
Their full posting can be read here. If anyone knows of or has a place to rent near Raleigh, NC, please be sure to reach out to them to help, either via Craigslist or emailing to [email protected] Colleen told us that so far, BarkPost is the only response they have had to their ad.
Remember, if you are living in a city that is enforcing Breed Specific Legislation, there are a number of ways in which you can help get it overturned. Write to local legislators to voice your opinion, start petitions, and join forces with other Pit Bull owners and advocates to educate people on what a fantastic breed they are. We are the only voice they have!