Pet-Friendly Housing

Securing Pet-Friendly Housing

According to the American Pet Products Association 68% of households – that’s 1.8 million Chicagoans – own a pet. But there is a crisis facing those who are not able to secure pet-friendly housing. As a result, thousands of Chicago residents are forced to give up their animal companions each year. The Anti-Cruelty Society is working to change that.

With pet ownership on the rise, and fewer buildings amenable to animals, the Society is launching our Open Door Housing campaign to bridge the housing gap by providing resources for both tenants and landlords. Our goal is to open more doors to Chicago pets so less of them have to come through ours.

By speaking to concerns facing both sides of the divide, this initiative will provide the community with a variety of tools to increase communication between property managers and tenants. Working with landlords and condo associations throughout Chicago, we’re designing resources that break down the barriers which prevent buildings from opening their doors to companion animals. Tools like a landlord helpline, best practice guides and service animal compliance workshops will be available to help management companies evolve their current pet policies. Pet etiquette classes and advocacy kits will provide pet owners with the support they need to ensure their animals put their best paw forward.

The Open Door Housing campaign is launching these vital services to make Chicago a more welcoming community for people and their pets.
To utilize our Landlord Helpline click here.

To learn more about the Open Door Housing campaign, or to get involved, email us at


Urban Dogs


Join The Anti-Cruelty Society for an Urban Dogs virtual workshop led by Society pet educator Maggie Gleason. 
Attend this program to learn about the following:
Issues that dogs may face in an urban environment
Training techniques to help your dog adjust to life in the city
Ways to contribute to the urban community in a positive way.
By attending, you and your dog can help elevate Chicago's pet-friendly environment. 


Good Pet Tenant: A Workshop

Learn how to navigate Chicago's competitive pet-friendly housing market with this workshop is an additional learning opportunity under our Open Door Housing campaign, a pet-friendly initiative to make Chicago a more welcoming community for people and pets. 

This workshop offers resources and tools to find, create and keep pet-friendly housing. Discussions include Chicago housing terms, practices, and positive ways to keep your pet, neighbors, and landlord in harmony. Our goal is to open more doors in Chicago to pets so less have to travel through ours! Led by Community Programs Specialist and pet consultant Maggie Gleason.

Click here to sign up for the next workshop.

Pet-Friendly Housing Resources