Finding rental properties that allow pets can be a challenge. We’ve put together a list of tips and resources to help you find a new home that welcomes your entire two and four-legged family. Happy hunting!
Online housing search
Most online housing search engines have specific filters that allow you to search for pet friendly options. Some honorable mentions are craigslist, bringfido.com, zumper.com, apartmentlist.com and apartmentfinder.com.
Behavior & Training
One way to woo landlords into welcoming your companion animal is by making sure that all pets are well behaved. Consider signing your dog up to be an AKC Canine Good Citizen. This is a training and testing program designed to make sure that your dog is just as top-notch a tenant as you are.
Pasadena Humane offers training classes to help your dog be a stellar tenant. For behavior questions, make an appointment for our free behavior helpline. When searching for training techniques, we always recommend reward-based training and positive reinforcement methods.
Responsible pet ownership
Impress your potential landlord by showing off your pet’s spay/neuter certificate, vaccine records and license tag. Pasadena Humane offers low-cost wellness services, as well as pet licenses, in many of our animal control contract cities.
The Humane Society of the United States has compiled a thorough list of helpful tips to assist you in finding a living situation that is right for you and your family. Among other things, this site includes:
- Training techniques to address some common problem behaviors in order to help your pets become upstanding citizens of any housing complex.
- A sample “pet resume,” which is a fun and convincing way to introduce your animals to potential landlords.
Realtor.com has also put together an article with more helpful tips for writing an excellent pet resume.
Can’t find a new place that will accept your pet? Learn more about rehoming your pet with Home to Home Adoptions.