For most of us, moving without furry family members is unthinkable. Pet-friendly housing can be difficult to find, so we have some great tips for your housing search!
Write Your Pet’s Resume
One of the most effective tools in finding a home that will allow your dog can be a resume for your pooch! Here are some tips on what to include in your pet’s resume:
Training information, including obedience classes, crate and house training status and any special accomplishments;
Photo and description of your dog;
Copies of veterinary records to show you keep a healthy animal;
References from previous landlords, neighbours and your vet.
Contact Smaller Rental Companies
Smaller rental companies may be more flexible with their pet policies and willing to discuss your situation. Make sure that you are respectful, aware of the problems they may face renting to irresponsible pet owners, and willing to prove that you are different. Stress the pride you take in caring for your dog, and explain that the same trait carries over into your pride in taking care of your home.
Consider a Rental Home
Some homeowners may be willing to rent to dog owners, and you may be able to share the space with another responsible pet owner. Try posting a detailed wanted ad, including your pet resume and photos of your current lodgings (clean and tidy!)
Be Willing to Put a Little Extra on the Line
Being a pet owner, you can understand how a dog might damage a home. Be willing to pay extra for a damage deposit! Stating that you are willing to do so up front may help you find a place to stay.
Honesty is the Best Policy
It’s easy to lose faith and feel desperate while looking for housing. Do NOT lie to a landlord and try to hide your dog. It can result in legal action being taken against you, or even eviction for you and your dog, leaving you with fewer options than the last time you searched.
Once you succeed in finding housing for you and your furry friend, make sure that you have it in writing that your pet is welcome. Neglecting this key step can lead to eviction as quickly as trying to hide your buddy.
Here are further reading and resources about pet-friendly housing: