Many Pit bull owners trying to find a place to rent are faced with plenty of obstacles. They are turned away from prospective properties because of outright Pit bull bans, to landlords requiring special insurances, to negative stereotypes about the breed. It’s hard for people to try and find a place to rent if they have a “pittie”.
But Kara Montalbano is a landlord with a different agenda. She’s looking for new tenants for her quiet three-bedroom home in Providence, Rhode Island and they must have Pit bulls.
“If they don’t, I know they won’t have a problem finding another place to live, and I will wish them luck,” Montalbano told the Huffington Post. “I prefer renters with pit bulls because I know how hard it is to find a place to with live with one, for no reason other than the ignorance and labels.”
Montalbano volunteers with the local nonprofit Handsome Dan’s Rescue for Pit Bull Type Dogs (Handsome Dan being one of the rescues from Michael Vick’s dogfighting operation) and knows the problems of finding a home all too well. She has two Pit bulls and often takes in fosters. After being frustrated in her search for a home to rent, she decided to buy one instead.
Since posting her listing on Craigslist she’s gotten dozens of inquiries. She’s also heard from lots of people who aren’t looking to rent, but simply want to thank her for opening her home to families with Pit bulls.
Montalbano says she would love to see more landlords open up their homes in a similar way.
“I have something that can sincerely help keep a family together, so why wouldn’t I rent to a family with a pit bull?” she says. “To me, this should be the norm, and I don’t think I’m doing anything that I wouldn’t expect other dog lovers to do.”