Moving, But Can’t Take Your Dog?

Moving, but can’t take your dog?

Moving is the most common reason why people give up their pets.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  Unfortunately, we live in a throw-away society where we feel it’s alright to get rid of something once it becomes an inconvenience.  Before you considering giving up your pet because you’re moving, read the following:

  1. Most people give up too quickly in their search for rental property that accepts pets.  Don’t be quick to jump on the first apartment you see.  There’ll probably be a better one available soon. There are many resources today helping pet owners find a pet friendly place to live.

    Anti-Cruelty Society – www.anticruelty.org/pet_friendly_apt.html
    Craig’s List – www.chicago.craigslist.org (you can choose to see dog or cat friendly apartments)
    People with Pets – www.peoplewithpets.com
    The Humane Society – www.rentwithpets.org
    Pets R Welcome – www.petsrwelcome.com

  2. Widen your search.  Most people only look as far as the classifieds ads.  Many landlords list their property through real estate agents or rental associations rather than the classifieds.  Take advantage of rental services that help tenants find apartment.  Ask friends, relatives and co-workers to keep an eye open for you.  Many apartments are rented via word of mouth before they’re ever advertised in the papers.

  3. A home that allows pets might be in a different neighborhood than you’d prefer.  It might be a few more miles from work.  It might not be as luxurious as you’d like.  It might cost a few dollars more.  Are you willing to compromise if it means being able to keep your dog?

  4. “No Pets” doesn’t always mean “no pets, period.”  Many landlords automatically rule out pets because they don’t want the hassle.  When you call to make an appointment, ask the landlord “Are pets absolutely out of the question?”  You may be surprised by the response!

To encourage a landlord to let you keep your dog…

  • Bring your well-groomed , well-behaved dog to the rental interview.  Show your landlord that your dog is well-cared for and that you’re a responsible owner.  Bring along an obedience class diploma, Canine Good Citizen Certificate or other achievement certifications if your dog has them.

  • Offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able to have a dog.

  • Bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors, as well as from  your dog’s trainer.  Invite the landlord to see your present home to show him that the dog has not damaged the property nor been a nuisance to the neighbors.

  • Don’t think you’re being unfair to your dog by moving into a smaller place than what he’s used to.  Dogs are very adaptable, they can often adjust even faster than people.  Where he lives isn’t as important to him as who he lives with.  He wants to be with you, and he doesn’t care where that is.