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Breed restrictions may prevent dog owners from finding rentals

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If you're looking to rent and you have a pet, finding an apartment in Austin is going to be more difficult.

Family members can come with four legs and a tail. But some Austin families are being split apart though, because of rental agreements at apartment complexes.

"We're committed to the welfare of the homeless pets here in Travis County," said Lauralei Combs, with the Austin Animal Center.

Pets like "Joey".

Combs says Joey had a loving home, but his owners had to surrender him in March.

"The number one reason for dropping off an owned and wanted pet is due to moving," said Combs. "Affordable housing, pet friendly housing, it's very difficult to find here in Austin."

Most apartment management companies have restricted lists when it comes to dog breeds.

"German shepherds, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Pit bulls...and Chow chows," said Combs.

Not every apartment complex in Austin has animal restrictions, in fact, Roscoe Properties advertises "no breed restrictions" when it comes to your pets.

Brennon Skaggs, a regional Roscoe property manager, said, "Roscoe was actually the name of our owner's dog and so that's how we came up with our dog policy."

If you want to move into one of the 30 Roscoe properties in the Austin area, your canine just has to pass an interview.

"You bring your dog and we pet it, introduce ourselves to it and give it a dog treat. As long as everything goes well, then, they're good to go," said Skaggs. "We've got flyers at Austin Pets Alive currently, right now, that offer half off pet deposit and half off your pet fee."

The no weight, no breed restriction dog policy is one of the main reasons people move here.

"We have a lot of residents that...that just jump from property to property to property just because of our dog policy and they don't want to lose their family member," said Skaggs.

The animal center consistently houses more than 600 animals, making it the largest no kill shelter in the U.S.

"We need everybody's help," Combs said.

Combs says the city helped them get here and they're hoping city council will come through again.

"We see a lot of construction everywhere, that's great...we hope they're pet friendly," said Combs. "I'm talking about pets that are have excellent behavior. They're loved. They're wanted. They shouldn't have to be owner surrendered because they can't find housing."

Austin City Councilman Mike Martinez has suggested doing away with breed restrictions in the past. He says council is not considering any ordinance or resolution at this time.

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