Humans! LISTEN UP! If you are moving, you MUST, I repeat, you MUST, take us with you. When you decided to be our pet parents you took on a LIFETIME responsibility to take care of us, love us, and not leave us.Since I’m pretty good on the computer, I answer some of their e-mails (don’t worry I never let them know they are talking to a dog hehehe). From those e-mails I can’t tell you number of times they say “we are moving next week and can’t take Fido with us, can you take him?” It makes me so upset because we rely on our parents to always be there. However, I do admit finding pet friendly places is a challenge sometimes. Luckily, there are great resources out there for rental homes that allow pets. One such place is Rentals.com. Rentals.com has all the information you need to find the right property for ALL your family members. It is a great website that lets you search for rentals in your city (or where your moving) and you can filter them out by the ones that accept pets. So now you humans have no excuse to not move us with you!
Rentals.com has a great blog post with tips to finding pet-friendly rental homes. I have pulled together some of my favorite tips below, but please go to http://blog.rentals.com/how-to-find-a-pet-friendly-rental-home/ to read the rest.
- Start early. I can’t say this enough. Waiting to the last minute to find a pet friendly place is a recipe for disaster. If you know you’re moving in three months, then start contacting properties right away. Also, don’t you dare even look at a place if they aren’t pet friendly. Don’t think you can sneak us in, or worst (gasp), decide you love this place so much that you don’t need us anymore.
- Use pet-friendly resources. Call the town’s local humane society or vets office and ask them if they know of anywhere that will accept pets. Pet people know other pet people and they may have connections to help you get into that pet friendly rental.
- Get everything in writing. You never know when the property manager you signed your lease with may leave and the new manager may not be as pet friendly. Having everything in writing protects you, and more importantly protects your pet from being evicted.
Rentals.com has some other great articles with good pet pointers and tips. Some of my favorites include:
- http://blog.rentals.com/how-to-de-pet-your-home/ – When your moving out of your rental there are simple things you can do to help get your damage or pet fee back.
- http://www.movingtoday.com/what-is-your-perfect-apartment-pet/ – What is your perfect apartment pet? I want to always say a Westie of course, but I do admit we have very loud barks that your apartment neighbors may not appreciate.
For more great moving, rental, and even decorating tips, go to Rentals.com, like them on facebook (click here) and follow them on twitter (click here) too! These sites will help to make your house a pet friendly home.
Any resources us at Preston Speaks can give people to be able to keep their pets even when they relocate we are all for! My new pals at Rentals.com decided they liked you guys too! They are sponsoring a giveaway on PrestonSpeaks.com where one one lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to PetSmart! Oh boy oh boy!
How to win!
How: Comment below and tell us have you moved with your pet? if so how did it go?
Prize: ONE lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to PetSmart (open to US only)
Dates: February 9th – 24th 2012
How To Enter: Comment below and tell us have you moved with your pet? If so how did it go? Make sure to follow the instruction on Rafflecopter to be officially entered
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