Renting and looking to adopt a pet? Vet's told us the top 8 things everyone should know.

Dr Mark F. - 2018-11-25 00:15:55
Tags: Renter, Renting, Pet Adoption, Adopt, Cat, Dog, Animal, Lizard, Bird, Apartments, PreRequisite, Veterinarian, Humane Society, Tips

Renting and looking to adopt a pet? Vet's told us the top 8 things everyone should know.
Renting and looking to adopt a pet? Vet's told us the top 8 things everyone should know.

So, you're living in a rental and thinking about adopting a new pet to join the family. Let us first say, Congratulations! Having a pet dog, cat, lizard or any other animal is an amazing experience. However, it is not without its challenges. Owing a pet is also a big responsibility – one that comes with new problems and opportunities. Those challenges can seem overwhelming when you're trying to find a place to rent as you may not have the final say if a pet is allowed to live in the building.

To help guide renters through the pre-adoption process, we've talked to a few Veterinarians to ask them what they think are the most important things to do before you bring home your new pet. We've compiled those into the top 8 things you know to do before going to adopt a pet.

  • 1) Talk to your Landlord.

    Home Owner or whomever you're subletting from before you even consider going to adopt a pet! Many Humane Societies won't even consider starting the adoption process without a letter of approval from the property owner. If your rental agreement doesn't clearly state that you're allowed to have pets, but your landlord has given you the okay, GET IT IN WRITING. It's very easy to lose your damage deposit – or worse – if you have no documentation stating that the landlord agreed to let you have a pet.

  • 2) Do your Research.

    Interested in getting a puppy? Did you know that, despite their size, Great Danes are great indoor dogs? We're not saying get a Great Dane per se, just to do your research into different breeds – even different types of pets – and what their personalities, behaviour, and habits are before committing to a specific animal.

  • 3) Do not try to sneak them in. Ever!

    There is never an occasion where sneaking a pet into your apartment is a good idea. Pets can be noisy, especially new ones that are getting used to their new home. For example, you might think your new puppy or kitten is usually nice and quiet, but who knows if they're “barking” or “mewing” up a storm when you're not there. In short, you will get caught. At best, you'll pay a large monetary fine; at worst, you can get evicted from your home. Don't take chances and be honest with your landlord.

  • 4) Talk to your local Veterinarian, Humane Society or Pet Adoption Agency.

    Veterinarians are an often overlooked resource when trying to decide if you should get a pet. Veterinarians and Humane Societies can help direct you to places that are pet friendly and what you'll need before you can adopt a pet. Plus, they're full of other great tips! Need to get ahold of one to talk? Call GoVeterinarians and we will connect you directly with a Veterinarian near you Directly, Connect with a Local Veterinarian Toll-Free: 1(848)233-3493

  • 5) Be Prepared for Damage Deposits.

    Things change when you get a pet. One thing that can change is your damage deposit. If you didn't pay one when you started renting, your landlord can ask for one once your new furry roommate moves in. Even if you did pay a damage deposit, your landlord can request an additional, pet deposit. Talk to your landlord and find out what their policy is before adopting.

  • 6) Condition Inspections.

    You might remember you and your landlord did a walk-through of your current rental when you first moved in. This was to determine the current state of the apartment. When you get a pet, many states allow a Landlord to do an additional, updated Condition Inspection of the suite to determine the current state of the apartment prior to the pet moving in with you. So, it's a good idea to take the time to tidy up and make sure everything is in order. If you have a cell phone with a camera, it's always a great idea to take pictures of the unit with your landlord and save them just in case you need them later. For example, these pictures can help resolve any disputes that may come up regarding the return of your damage deposit.

  • 7) Read your rental agreement.

    A great resource to determine if you're allowed to have a pet in your unit (or if there is any wiggle room for discussion with your landlord) is your current rental agreement. Almost all rental agreements will specify if pets are allowed or not. And, even if you know that you're allowed to have pets, the rental agreement can specify the types and quantities of pets that are allowed in the unit.

  • 8) Write a prospective Pet Resume before you get your pet.

    Pet resumes are a great way to not only research more about your potential furry family member, but they also show your landlord that you're responsible, you've done your research, and you're serious about owning a pet. Things you can include in your resume are the type of animal, breed information, training courses you're planning on taking. If you've already picked the type of pet you want, its a great idea to include pictures and let the landlord see them too. Once your new addition has joined the family, continue to update their resume with any training you've completed for your next rental.

Here is a little bonus tip that was recommended by our friends who currently work in rental field: if you're having a disagreement, or want to know more about your rights to own pets as a tenant, contact your local Tenant Advocacy Group. They're located all across North America and know everything that there is to know about your renter's rights as a pet owner!

Thanks and we we wish you good luck!

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