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Helping People and the Pets Stay Together   

Pets are a part of every community and live in two-thirds of American homes, yet renters often have trouble finding housing that welcomes them. In fact, problems finding and keeping rental housing leads to the surrender of half a million pets to shelters each year, many of whom aren’t lucky enough to find new homes. It doesn’t have to be that way! Here are some tips and links to help you.  


Quick Tips 

  1. Provide references from previous landlords, obedience instructors, pet sitters, groomers, veterinarian, friends, neighbors, etc.
  2. Prove you are a responsible pet owner. Show documentation stating that you are up to date on vaccinations, on a regular flea preventative and that your animal is spayed or neutered and licensed. Make it clear that your animal is under control at all times and that you understand the health and safety benefits of doing so.
  3. Offer an extra pet deposit and offer to sign a pet agreement. Ensure your landlord that your pet will not damage their property. Point out that your pet is house-trained or litter box trained and that you provide them with daily exercise.
  4. Promote your pet. Offer to bring your pet to meet the owner or manager or invite them to visit you in your current home. A freshly groomed, well-behaved pet will speak volumes.
  5. Create a pet resume by compiling the above information into a short scrapbook with photos and submit it with your tenant application form.
  6.  Don’t try to sneak your pet in. Keeping an animal in violation of a no-pets rule contributes to the general inclination of landlords not to allow pets. You also may be subject to possible eviction or other legal action.
  7. Maintain a pet emergency kit that includes an emergency plan and supplies in the event the home must be quickly evacuated because of a disaster

13 Steps to finding Pet Friendly Housing
Finding or Keeping Pet Friendly Rental Housing

Finding Pet Friendly Housing and Resolving Landlord Issues



Quick Tips 

1.     Carefully evaluate the relationship between the person and their dog. For example, a. is the dog under voice control, b. is there genuine caring between the person and their dog, c. is the dog at ease during their interactions and d. is there a lack of fear/cowering on the dog’s part.

2.     Look at the temperament of the dog. Is it calm and content? If so, that usually means the animal is being well cared for and is getting enough exercise.

3.     Check the work schedule of the person (people) to ensure that the dog is not left indoors for long periods of time.

4.     Under no circumstances rent to people whose dog you haven’t met.

5.     Be sure to check the references.  For novice property owners, it is a good idea to take the extra step and visit the prospective tenant in their current living situation to see how they live with their dog.

6.     Discuss in detail their animal maintenance regimen, most importantly their walking/exercise and parasite management system.

7.     Explain your pet policies in detail and require the signing of a pet agreement.

Establishing a Policy for Pet Friendly Housing

 Sample Pet Policy

A Pet Friendly Housing Study From the Pet Savers Foundation


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