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Action Alert: DC Housing
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Your Immediate Action Needed

Action Alert: DC Housing Authority

View Full Proposed Updated to Pet Ownership Regulations

VIew JOINT Response from HRA and the ASPCA on the proposed Pet policy

The District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) is proposing pet ownership regulations for the elderly and disabled residents of public housing that would make pet adoption from animal shelters virtually impossible, by imposing arbitrary limits on the size of companion animals allowed in their homes.

The proposed height and weight restrictions of 15 inches and 40 pounds are unreasonable. At 41 pounds, Chasm (pictured above) would be prohibited from living with an adopted family in public housing.

This size restriction eliminates the overwhelming majority of the animals (80%) in Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) adoptions centers, therefore prohibiting DCHA residents from taking advantage of low cost adoption fees offered by organizations like ours.  

This is a problem because:

  • HRA offers the most convenient and cost effective means of adopting a pet in the District.
  • Adoption fees are substantially lower than the cost of purchasing a dog from a breeder.
  • Adopting from HRA allows low-income residents to welcome a fully vaccinated, altered pet into their homes, often at no cost.

DCHA’s elderly and disabled residents would not be allowed to take advantage of any of the benefits of adopting animals from HRA. 

YOU can help us overturn these proposed restrictions by submiting your comments (see sample letter) by Jan. 20, 2017 to: Chelsea Johnson at PublicationComments@dchousing.org or by mail to:

Office of the General Counsel
Attn: Chelsea Johnson
Deputy General Counsel, DCHA      
1133 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 210
Washington, DC 20002-7599

Contact the DCHA today and make your voice heard. 


Scott Giacoppo
Chief Community Animal Welfare Officer
Humane Rescue Alliance