1. “Best Friends for Tenants’ Pets”
Author: Marian Courtney
Date of Publication: January 1, 1989
The author of the article interviews a man named Conrad Wolfson, a man recently forced to move out of his apartment of 29 years because the building decided to no longer allow his mix-breed dog. Instead of giving up his beloved pet, Dune, Mr. Wolfson made the difficult decision to move to the closest pet-friendly rental he could find in Jersey City where he has teamed up with Newark animal rights activist Isabella Troupiansky. Together they have been lobbying in support of a bill in the NJ State Legislature that would allow tenants to keep their pets in situations similar to Mr. Wolfson’s. The bill, which has been presented to the Senate for the past 10 years, has changed drastically from its original intention and in its current form would only protect current pets housed with tenants. In addition, it would allow landlords to charge up to a $150 pet deposit to protect against damages. While many have voiced concerns for a stronger bill, the struggle to protect landlord rights and tenant rights simultaneously hangs in the balance. Nevertheless, Mr. Wolfson and his cohorts believe the therapeutic, family-oriented purpose of pets to be their driving force.
The source suggests that struggles over pet-friendly housing were not unique to Mr. Wolfson and that it has been an issue before the state government for over a decade. The author primarily interviews those on the tenant-pet side of the argument, but attempts to present an unbiased standpoint on the issue. While Jersey City is beyond the scope of my project, the debate at hand is one that surpasses municipal boundaries and is a threat to city-dwellers everywhere. However, the article does specifically mention Newark as a city facing similar issues through Ms. Troupiansky, a “Russian emigre living in Newark in the only apartment building she could find that allowed her to keep cats.” This article establishes a broad history for my argument that renters experience certain barriers to pet ownership that homeowners, or those wealthy enough to afford pet-friendly housing, do not. The only legal recourse renters have was created shortly after the publication of this article – a law prohibiting landlords from denying senior citizens pets in senior housing projects.
2. Legislation For Low Cost Animal Neutering
Author: Newark Department of Engineering
Date of Publication: December 9, 1980
This is a letter sent from the Newark Department of Engineering to Senator Wynona Lipman in support of legislation that would fund low-cost spaying and neutering for dogs and cats. Spay and neuter surgeries prevent these animals from procreating and thus reducing overpopulation of domestic animals. The letter is signed by several people below the typed portion indicating widespread support for it in the city of Newark.
3. Change.org Petitions:
“Shut Down Pet Shop in Newark NJ”
Author: Leanne Mariano
Date of Publication: March 29, 2016
“Keep the Petco Store in Newark Open”
Author: Barbara Russo-Salcines
Date of Publication: September 8, 2020
“Stop Killer Vet, Dr Yablon!”
Author: Adriana Dasilva
Date of Publication: “7 months ago”
These are all petitions that in some way involve taking away resources from Newark residents. While the pet store in the first one did appear to be conducting inhumane business, perhaps more government oversight and regulations could have kept the store open the proper way. As for Petco, the franchise simply decided the store was not profitable enough and they closed it, and thus the burden of pet-care unjustly falls on Newark residents even more. As for the last petition, I may be a bit biased since I have some involvement with the situation. However, the countless tragedies that have occurred at that practice cannot keep multiplying and something needs to be done. The final tragedy, however, will be that Newark residents will have even less access to veterinary care.
4. “N.J.’s biggest city finally opens a dog park for its furriest residents”
Author: Barry Carter
Date of Publication: September 7, 2019
This is a news article about the opening of the first ever dog park in the city of Newark. Residents responded favorably to the addition of the park, many citing the beneficial uses for both their dogs’ exercise and their own. In addition, residents remarked on the social aspects of the park as a place that “brings people together who are strangers to each other.” Whereas residents previously had to drive out to places like Millburn and Maplewood for dog parks, they can now enjoy the luxury within their own backyard.
5. PET FRIENDLY PLACES IN NEWARK
Author: Allison Freeman
Date of Publication: n.d.
This is a list for tourists or Newark newcomers to use when seeking pet-friendly things to do within the city. However, despite being the largest city in the state of New Jersey, other than outdoor parks there are only 5 pet-friendly places according to this list: two hotels with weight restrictions and a $75 fee to stay with a pet and 3 restaurants that are included because they have outdoor seating. One of these restaurants does appear to be particularly dog-friendly, but the others do not seem to directly encourage pets in the same way. For someone visiting Newark with a pet, this list is not exactly convincing them to stay.
Keywords: Class, Business, Community, Tourism, Animals