Can Pet-Friendly Policies Revitalize the Economy?

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Baxter and running mate Boo for president! It sounds kind of catchy, doesn't it? With all the political drama, it might be a refreshing change with pet-friendly policies that would follow such a momentous election. Whether or not you think a government that goes (or has already gone) to the dogs is a good thing, there is evidence that enacting pet-friendly policies in the marketplace can play a part in revitalizing a sluggish economy.

Studies show that pets in the workplace can have a positive impact on morale and productivity. But now whole neighborhoods are experimenting with community-wide pet-friendly policies to attract young, responsible people who pay their bills, but aren't looking to have kids just yet. Also attracted are financially secure dog-owning empty nesters who appreciate the amenities and vitality of a downtown lifestyle. For these types of people, dogs often act as a social lubricant to bring them together. And businesses that cater to both dogs and people are finding loyal fans with the funds to back that loyalty.

California has struggled economically in recent years, but one of the bright spots for revitalization has been downtown Los Angeles, believe it or not. Developers and business owners have strategically begun to cater to these dog-loving good citizens, and judging by the number of people moving in with their dogs, the policies seem to be working.

When a local dog died, neighbors filled the owner's apartment with flowers and helped him grieve, which cemented his appreciation for the community. And people who love their communities tend to spend their time and money in their own neighborhoods. To read the full story, visit the blogdowntown by Emily Chu.  

Not only do pet-friendly policies stimulate the economy and foster improved relationships within a community, but they also dissuade pet relinquishment to shelters. A major reason pets are surrendered is due to housing difficulties. One of our own employees is currently struggling with that very issue while trying to relocate and find a place that allows his 45-pound shepherd mix.

According to JMZ Property Management in Detroit, landlords who want to make a profit in a tight economy and fill vacancies need to consider a change in the traditional "no-pet" policy. They base this suggestion on the recent study from the Foundation for Interdisciplinary Research and Education Promoting Animal Welfare (FIREPAW), that concludes that the average pet-friendly rental doesnt suffer any additional damage beyond typical rental units. In fact, pro-pet rentals make an average of $2,300 more each year over similarly priced properties with no-pet policies. Additionally, there will be fewer vacancies and greater renter commitment as pet owners know how difficult it is to find quality housing for their animals.

This sounds like a win-win-win situation to us, folks... even if you don't get who you want in the White House. Maybe we'll try and stick a bug in the First Dog's ear to inspire a new economic stimulus package! That's how to get things moving in the right direction! Sometimes it's best when things do go to the dogs!

Political Treats dog by _tar0_.

Top Dog Image by Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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erin on July 5 at 12:25 PM said:

I wish local restaraunts would follow this, have outside patio dining for people with pets. My dog ( he's a pug ) loves to go in the car and finding places where he is welcome is few and far between. It would also be nice to be welcomed in stores and shoping centers.
Debbie on July 5 at 3:51 PM said:

My son has experienced difficulties in looking for housing that will allow his 85 lbs female Akita as he prepares to relocate to attend graduate school. We have been amazed at the number of apartments which list themselves as pet friendly only to find that's only if the full grown dog doesn't exceed 20 - 30 lbs. I understand that at times this is due to a bad experience but let's not rule out all of our four footed friends - his dog has adapted quite well to apartment life and he makes sure she hasn't damaged the property (unlike many college students themselves who cause far more property damage than a pup ever could!).
Mary on July 6 at 10:15 AM said:

It is distressing to try and find suitable housing for larger dogs. I hope we can share these articles and get traction to inspire flexible living options for all kinds of good citizens... human and otherwise!
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