Pet Friendly Housing

Be proactive!  If you are having trouble finding pet friendly housing please refer to our resources below.  If you need further help with housing issues please reach out to us for help.  We'd be happy to help you create a pet resume for a landlord, write a letter of recommendation or make phone calls to land lords.

Tips to Finding Pet Friendly Housing

Give yourself time

It can take several weeks to find a home that will allow your dog, so plan ahead and be resourceful and persistent. Craigslist is a great resource for dog friendly housing ads. You may want to consider placing a ‘Housing Wanted’ ad on Craigslist while you’re there.

Interviewing with a Landlord

Some landlords are hesitant to allow certain breeds into a housing complex, but if you can, try to setup a dog ‘interview’ (which is really just showing up and letting the landlord meet your dog). Try putting together a portfolio with letters of reference, (from foster parents, former landlords, trainers), training certificates and photos for landlords who are hesitant to meet a dog.

Apartment Availability

Here are some blog reported breed friendly housing in the Chicagoland area (still call and ask about breed/weight restrictions)

  1. Logan Square

  2. Ravenswood

  3. East Village (Ukrainian Village)

  4. Uptown (around Margate Park)

  5. Old Town

  6. Wicker Park

  7. Humbolt Park

  8. Andersonville

  9. West Town areas

Pet Friendly Housing Searches

Renter's Insurance

Since liability is every property owner’s biggest concern, buy a renter’s policy that will cover your dog and let prospective landlords know that when you apply. How much? State Farm Insurance will sell a $300,000 liability policy for around $300 a year. This is a small price to pay to help your landlord feel good about renting to you.

Insurance providers who do not discriminate by breed:

More Housing Resources

If you're experiencing a housing crisis or having trouble finding pet friendly housing please refer to the resources below or feel free to reach out to an SFAR volunteer for help.