Landlord Welcomes Only Pit Bull Owners to Rent Her House

Finding an apartment can be a stressful endeavor, especially when you have a pitbull. Many landlords have breed restrictions that include this type of dog. Knowing the struggle that these owners go through, Kara Montalbano is making the search a little easier. She's looking to rent her three-bedroom home in Providence, Rhode Island, and her Craigslist ad welcomes breeds of all kinds–especially pit bulls.

A few years ago, Montalbano was in a similar situation. She and her two pit bulls (sadly, one has since died) needed a new place to live, and she knew it wasn't going to be easy. In addition to her pups, she also had a rotating cast of fosters, thanks to her volunteer work with a local nonprofit called Handsome Dan's Rescue for Pit Bull Type Dogs. “I looked for about two weeks and knew it was going to be a waste of time, so I decided to buy,” Montalbano told The Huffington Post.

Now, it's time for Montalbano to move on from her charming home, and she has this under-served community in mind. “I prefer renters with pit bulls because I know how hard it is to find a place to live with one, for no reason other than the ignorance and labels,” she explains. Since her listing went live 9 days ago, she's gotten many inquiries, as well as people who just want to thank her for giving a family with pit bulls a place to call home. “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 said. “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.”

Montalbano and her pup.

Kara Montalbano: Website | Instagram
via [The Huffington Post]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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