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Hawaiian Humane Society helps Oahu residents find pet-friendly homes


One question that comes up a lot on our twitter stream: Are there any pet-friendly rentals available? There are, but they’re so popular that they often get snatched up quickly. The Hawaiian Humane Society is a good resource, and lists pet-friendly rentals from landlords for free on their website.

“The Humane Society’s Pets in Housing program works to increase the number of pet-friendly residences,” says Natalie Lukashevsky of the Hawaiian Humane Society. “We work with landlords and tenants, home owners and associations, property and resident managers,  and realtors, as well as people who love animals and people who don’t.

“Since more than 60 percent of Oahu’s households include pets, policies that ban animal companions limit the pool of qualified applicants and unnecessarily penalize the majority of pet owners who are responsible,” Lukashevsky adds.

Here are a few facts to know:

  • 43 percent of Oahu households own dogs.
  • There are more than 300,000 pets on Oahu.  
  • It is illegal to charge a pet deposit in Hawaii.
  • Responsible pet owners tend to be great tenants.
  • Smaller dogs do not necessarily make better tenants.  
  • Breed-restrictive policies don’t work and breed is not indicative of aggression.
  • Bans increase the number of families that have to relinquish pets. Pets are family, too, and, for most people, giving up a pet is like breaking up the family.

For those searching for a home, Lukashevsky has a few tips to help:

  • Take your time.  Give yourself eight weeks before your lease expires to check ads and contact realtors and rental agencies.
  • Secure endorsements. Secure a letter from your current landlord or condominium association that says you’re a responsible pet owner. Also get a letter from your veterinarian stating that you have been diligent in your pet’s medical care and that your pet is sterilized.
  • Respect the rules. Keeping a pet in violation of a no-pets rule puts your pet and you at risk for eviction.
  • Put your best paw forward.  Offer to bring your well-behaved pet to meet the owner or property manager.
  • Put it in writing.   Permission to have a pet should be in writing and should be signed by you and your new landlord. We recommend using our Pet Addendum form, which can be found on the Hawaiian Humane Society’s website.

For more information on the Pets in Housing program, or how to list your rental on the Humane Society’s website for free, visit www.hawaiianhumane.org or call 356-2212.

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