Rental Housing and Animals
to allow animals" ranks as one of the most frequent
reasons cited for surrendering a pet to WHS and
is prevents people who want a pet from adopting.
Many rental property
owners defend no-animal clauses by arguing that
there have been far too many cases of damage to
properties. However, the WHS believes that the interests
of landlords and tenants with companion animals
can be harmonized to benefit both parties. Renting
to people with companion animals can be a win-win
First, as a tenant,
you should obtain certification that you are a responsible
animal guardian. WHS administers the American
Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen Test, which
identifies and rewards dogs that have the training
and demeanor to be reliable family members and respectful
For those with feline
companions, WHS offers guardians the opportunity
to attend a cat
behavior seminar. After attending the seminar,
the guardian will receive a certificate stating
they have received training in responsible cat ownership
and problem prevention.
Also, please try the
- Check all newspapers,
including local neighborhood shoppers as well
as the big daily papers.
- When making inquiries
by phone, talk about the apartment, not the animal.
- Meet the prospective
landlord in person - a positive first impression
goes a long way in demonstrating that you are
a responsible animal guardian.
- Contact small individual
landlords rather than big property-management
companies. The Wisconsin Humane Society also has
a free listing
of animal-friendly apartments available.
- Get letters from
your veterinarian, former landlords and neighbors
documenting that you are a responsible animal
- Offer to let your
prospective landlord meet your animaland see your
- Offer to pay a reasonable
- Refer your landlord
to WHS for information on establishing guidelines
for renting to people with companion animals.