Creating a Pet Resume

No pets allowed. No dogs over 40 pounds. No bully breeds. No problem!

Renters encounter these restrictions for rental properties too often. Many renters do not want to surrender their beloved pet, but are not aware of the options available for pet owners on the move. A successful move with your pet boils down to one thing: make your pet a desirable tenant! By showing evidence that your pet is well-mannered and healthy, you and your pet will have many more options when attempting to find that next rental property.

Tip 1: Start Early!

Start searching for new rental properties several weeks in advance of the end of your lease. Visit our article about pet friendly housing to find links for websites featuring pet friendly rentals and ask friends for recommendations.

Tip 2: Create a Pet Resume

Many renters have been successful in changing the minds of landlords with a pet resume. By providing your pet’s information, routine, medical records and references, you are demonstrating that you are a responsible pet owner.

A typical pet resume will include the following:

  1. Your pet’s name, age, breed, sex and spay/neuter status. Spaying and neutering is a sign of responsible pet ownership.
  2. A brief description of your pet’s temperament. For example, “Sparky enjoys playing with other dogs at the dog park, loves to play fetch and is friendly with children.” Let the landlord know your pet is housebroken and seldom vocal.
  3. Your pet’s grooming routine. Take your dog to the groomer, treat both cats and dogs with monthly flea/tick medication and note that you bathe and brush them regularly.
  4. Include a profile of you! Let the landlord know that you are a responsible pet owner by explaining how you pick up after your dog when he eliminates outside and take him for long walks. For cat owners, include how you clean the litter box daily and discourage scratching by clipping your cat’s nails and providing a scratching post.
  5. Include a photo of your pets! Nobody can resist a cute picture.
  6. Attach contact information or reference letters from your veterinarian, groomer, previous landlords, dog trainers, pet-sitters and anyone that regularly interacts with your pet.
  7. Attach copies of your pet’s up-to-date vaccination records.
  8. Click here for an easy template to assist you with this process.

Tip 3: Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly.

By taking your pet in for annual exams and vaccinations, you are demonstrating that you are a responsible pet owner and that your pet is healthy.

Tip 4: Take your pet to the groomer and obedience classes.

Landlords want to maintain the integrity of their property and some may have had unpleasant experiences in the past. Consider signing Fido up for obedience classes or taking Sassy to the groomer. These are not only beneficial experiences, but give you even more references to add to your resume!

Tip 5: Offer a Pet Deposit.

Many landlords fear a pet will be destructive and damage property. Offer to provide an extra deposit for your pet that can be used to repair any damages after you move. Make it clear you have never experienced destructive behaviors from your pet, but that you are willing to provide this extra courtesy.

Tip 6: Be Persistent!

Just because a property advertises as “No pets allowed,” does not mean they will not be lenient for certain pets. Landlords don’t want to miss out on a great tenant just because Fluffy wants to come along. Let the landlord know you respect their policy, but politely offer your pet’s resume and offer to include a pet fee with your security deposit. Provide your pet’s vaccination information, references and offer a meet-and-greet before they make a decision. Make it clear you are a great pet owner and tenant!

Tip 7: Be Patient.

Remaining patient is important. Pet-friendly rentals are out there! Do not settle for the sake of convenience. Your pet would prefer to stay with you than go to a shelter.

Creating a Pet Resume

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