Options Other Than Rescue
This information was adapted from
"When You Can't Keep
Your Chow Chow"
written by Karen Privitello, Lisa Hrico & Barbara
Reproduced & Excerpted with Permission.
Moving, but can't take your dog?
Moving is the most common reason why people give up
It doesn't have to be this way.
Most people give up too quickly in their search for rental
property that accepts pets. Don't be too quick to jump on the first
apartment you see. There'll probably be a better one available soon.
Widen your search. Most people only look as far as the classified
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 apartments. 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. Check out http://www.apartments.com/
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?
"No Pets" doesn't always mean "no pets, period." Many landlords
automatically rule out pets because they don't want the hassle. Many of
these landlords are pet owners themselves. Just because the ad says "no
pets" doesn't mean you shouldn't go see the apartment anyway. During the
interview, ask the landlord "Are pets absolutely out of the
question?" If he answers, "well....", you have a chance! Hint: You'll
have better luck asking this question in person than over the telephone
- it's harder for people to say no to your face.
To encourage a landlord to let you keep your
...bring your well-groomed, well-behaved dog to the rental
interview. Show the landlord that your dog is well-cared-for and that
you're a responsible owner. Bring along an obedience class diploma or
Canine Good Citizen certificate if your dog has one.
...offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able
to have a dog.
...bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors.
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.
...use a dog crate. Landlords are much more receptive to dogs that
will be crated when their owners aren't home.
In difficult times, people often have to move in with relatives or
friends who don't like dogs. This doesn't have to be an impossible
situation. Use a dog crate when you're not home or when your family
doesn't want your dog underfoot. A portable kennel run can be set up in
the yard for exercise and can be sold later when you have your own place
and don't need it anymore.
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.
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