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October 29, 2009

Update from Pets in Condos

For years now, a dedicated group of animal lovers has been trying to get more condos to accept pets. It would go a long way to solving the overpopulation problem in SoFla, not to mention saving both animals and people from the heartbreaking decision between a place to live and a beloved pet. Here's some recent news:

According to Maida Waldner Genser, Founder of Citizens for Pets in Condos Inc.,
lawyers working for association boards in Kings Point, Delray Beach are adding more stringent requirements for people requesting to keep their emotional support/service animals.  We questioned some legal experts about the requirement to get doctors letters notarized.  According to
Stephanie Randolph,  Investigation Specialist at the Florida Commission on Human Relations, “The letter does not need to be notarized if the letter is on the doctor’s stationary.”  Several lawyers we asked agreed.   One said, “The board MAY NOT demand a notarized letter. Law firm should be told that the disabled person will file a discrimination complaint with the OEO.”  Another stated, “the doctor putting their DEA# and License # on the letter should be sufficient.”

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I HAVE A HEARING DISABILITY, SIGNIFICANT LOSS OF HEARING IN ONE EAR. AT NIGHT WHEN I SLEEP I FEEL SECURE THAT MY CHIHUAHUA, WHO SLEEPS WITH ME WILL BARK REAPEATEDLY AT ANY UNUSUAL NOISES, OR IF A POSSIBLE INTRUSION INTO MY PROPERTY OCCURES. ROCKY MAKES ME FEEL SAFE AT NIGHT. HOW CAN I QUALIFY ROCKY TO BE A HEARING SERVICE DOG, WHEN I DECIDE TO SELL MY HOME AND MOVE INTO A RETIREMENT CONDO WHICH DOES NOT ALLOW PETS?

More and more hotels are allowing pets too! Definitely glad to see pets being accepted in more places!

Deirdre G

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