For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
Welcoming Your Companion
How to Sell
Potential Landlords on Offering a
? Many companion animal guardians can relate: they
find their ideal home in a rental property, but
the landlord prohibits both cats and dogs. Before
passing up this perfect rental opportunity, the
Wisconsin Humane Society recommends implementing
the following tips to encourage potential landlords
to offer a pet-friendly environment.
? Provide the
potential landlord with proof that your furry friend
is up to date on his or her vaccinations, and that
your companion animal was spayed or neutered. Also
consider mentioning that by being spayed or neutered,
it not only helps to end the tragedy of overpopulation,
but also prevents many behavior problems.
? If you own
a dog, persuade the landlord that he or she has
good manners by providing records stating your dog
has completed dog training class or is Canine Good
Citizen (CGC) Certified. Contact the Wisconsin Humane
Society for more information about CGC and how your
companion animal can obtain this meritorious distinction.
? Guardians of
large dogs are recommended to put on their investigative
hats and conduct some research. Often times large
dogs are better residents because of their sedentary
lifestyle. Present this research to the potential
? Bring a letter
of recommendation or, if not available, the vet's
name and phone number. The vet can attest to the
animal's good manners. Also consider bringing personal
references ? individuals who can attest to the quality
of care you provide your companion animal.
? Encourage the
landlord to visit www.wihumane.org
for a comprehensive list of pet-friendly housing
opportunities. By reviewing the number of housing
options that allow dogs or cats, he or she might
reconsider the restrictions and realize more and
more landlords are encouraging companion animals
in the home.
? If all else
fails, offer to pay a pet deposit to the landlord.
This shows you're confident your furry friend is
well behaved. Also offer to sign a pet addendum
in addition to the rental agreement that is agreeable
to both you and the landlord.
For more information
about the Wisconsin Humane Society, call (414)
ANIMALS (264-6257) or log online at www.wihumane.org.
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