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Best Friends for Life: Humane Housing for Animals and People Cover of Best Friends for Life

This booklet explains the federal laws that protect your right to keep pets in all federally-assisted housing, and if you are disabled, your right to an assistive animal in all types of rental housing.

Chapters include "Disabilities and Assisted Housing," "Disabilities and Privately-Owned Housing," "Pets and Assisted Housing," and "Pets and Privately Owned Housing." The booklet also addresses:

  • Responsible pet guardianship
  • How landlords can adopt a "pets welcome" policy
  • Model rental guidelines

Please contact DDAL if you have questions regarding your rights, or need a copy of the booklet. If you are elderly or disabled and need to obtain legal representation, contact the National Legal Aid and Defender Association at or at (202) 452-0620 for assistance.