Pets in Rental Housing
Approximately 8 million animals end up in shelters each year, and moving-related issues are among the most common reasons for pet relinquishment. In an American Humane Association survey of 93 shelters across the country, “Moving” was the most common reason given by owners for relinquishing a pet, and “Landlord won’t allow” was the fourth most-common reason for relinquishment.
Many pet owners are heartbroken at the thought of giving up a family member, but they often don’t know how to make moving with their pet possible. We have put together the following tips to help you and your pet stay together, even when faced with downsizing to an apartment or searching for another rental property.
Finding Pet-Friendly Housing
- Be completely honest about the number, size and types of pets you have.
- Tell potential landlords about your good credit and/or good rental history at your initial introduction, and provide references from previous landlords if possible. Your credit and rental history are usually the most important factors considered by private landlords. Knowing that you are a good tenant will make most landlords feel much more comfortable about accepting your pets and will often help you negotiate a lower pet deposit — or avoid it altogether.
- Be sure that your pets are spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated before you begin searching for a rental. Unneutered pets are much more likely to bite, urine mark and stray from the property, and these behaviors can be very costly for landlords.
- Get a letter of recommendation from your pets’ veterinarian if possible. A good history of caring for your pets will demonstrate that you are a responsible owner.
- Don’t hesitate to point out other attributes that make you and your pets attractive tenants. Do you have a long-term employment history? Are you quiet and clean? Has your dog had obedience training? Are your cats kept indoors all the time? All of these factors will make you much more appealing to potential landlords.
- If you do not have a prior rental history or your credit is less than perfect, offer to negotiate an additional pet deposit.
- Offer to have the carpets cleaned prior to vacating the property and agree to incorporate those terms into your lease.
- When you arrive at your new home, keep your pets secured in a crate or a closed room until you are finished unloading your moving van. Be sure to provide your pet with his/her bed, litter box, food/water bowls and familiar toys as quickly as possible after arriving at your new home.
Featured dog- Bruno
Bruno came to shelter when his owner left him with a neighbor and never returned for him. He is a big strong boy. He doesn’t understand how big he is and wants to sit on your lap. He is learning to walk on a leash. He knows sit. He likes playing with toys. He needs house-training. He would do better in a home with no small children. He needs a quiet home.
Featured cat- Sissy
Sissy came from a home with her mother Katy when owners could no longer keep them. She is a little shy at first but loves everyone. She will play and chase toys and carry them around. she gets along with the other cats but did not like the big dogs that came to visit. Beautiful bright colors.
Other available cats
Katy- beautiful shy friendly black/white medium hair Loves everyone
Mr. Whiskers- quiet friendly 8 years old. Came from quiet home with older family
Paris- loves watching the world go by. Special diet
Millie- available Sat 8-11 Bobtailed, super friendly Easily handled.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER