If you live in New York City Public Housing or know someone who does, please read and pass along this important (message) regarding upcoming changes to the housing administration's pet policy.
WHO: Residents of New York City Public Housing governed by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and their dogs.
WHAT: NYCHA has decided to allow only small dogs in public housing. The maximum allowable weight of pet dogs is being lowered from 40 to 25 pounds.
NYCHA also plans to ban certain breeds outright--NYCHA tenants will not be allowed to own or register purebred or mixed-breed Rottweilers, pit bulls or Doberman pinschers.
WHEN: The new policy is scheduled to go into effect this Friday, May 1, 2009.
EXEMPTIONS: Service animals are exempt from weight and breed restrictions.
FOR CURRENT DOG OWNERS: Dogs already living in NYCHA buildings who are 40 pounds or under can be grandfathered in under the existing pet policy--regardless of breed--as long as residents submit a dog registration form to their NYCHA housing office by this Thursday, April 30. Residents who submit this form will have an additional 90 days to license their dogs with the City (which may be done online) and submit the required veterinary certificate indicating that their dogs are licensed, spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies.
NYCHA residents who submit a dog registration form by Thursday will have an additional 90 days to license their dogs with the City (which may be done online) and submit the required veterinary certificate.
Visit ASPCA.org for more information and to locate the forms needed to register pets with NYCHA.
The ASPCA is opposed to the revised NYCHA pet policy, and we are working to prevent it from going into effect. In the meantime, it is important that dogs who have already found good homes do not lose them.
Thank you for your support.
source: ASPCA letter
Editor's Note: Bronx Latino is a supporter of the work of the ASPCA.