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Pointers from The Hawaiian Humane Society


I have talked to quite a few people lately who are thinking of moving or are in the process, and have found it difficult because they have a dog or cat. This is one of the drawbacks to renting: trying to find a landlord that will accept your pet.

The Hawaiian Humane Society has a program called "Pets in Housing," where they list pet-friendly rentals for free. Not every pet-friendly rental is there, though, and sometimes you can convince a landlord to allow Paulie Oatcakes to move in.

Natalie Lukashevsky of the Hawaiian Humane Society shared some tips on showing your potential landlord what a responsible pet owner you are.

While you look for a place:

  • Create a dossier (see sample here) about the pet, including such documents as proof of spay/neuter, records of up-to-date vaccinations, indications of regular veterinary visits, and obedience school diplomas.
  • Show written references from former landlords and neighbors, dog trainers, obedience class instructors, and veterinarians specifically discussing the pet.
  • Offer to sign a pet agreement with the landlord.
  • Encourage your potential landlord to meet the well-groomed, well behaved pet so they can see how low-maintenance they might be.
  • Invite your potential landlord to see the animal in his or her current setting, and to check on the pet after move-in. This will show good faith and provide peace of mind.

After you move in:

  • Always clean up after your pet!
  • Have your pet spayed or neutered.
  • Don't let the dog or cat roam the streets.
  • If there's a problem with barking, take care of it right away.

"If you're a prospective tenant, impress upon your potential landlord your knowledge and practice of responsible pet ownership," Lukashevsky says. "Usually, responsible pet owners make responsible, good tenants."

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