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Don’t give up your pet! 5 tips to renting with a pet.

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Renting is the easy way to live these days without the upkeep and responsibility of owning your own home. Renting is also the situation many people find themselves after being hit hard by the economy. Whether you have chosen or been forced into renting, it doesn't have to be a negative experience when you own pets. Become resourceful, passionate, and determined to keep your pet and you will never be faced with giving them up. Here are a few simple, creative, and effective ways to keep your pets no matter what life delivers:

Keep your pets up to date. Exhibit responsible pet ownership by keeping your pets up to date on shots and flea preventative. A responsible pet owner with a fully vaccinated pet is a welcomed tenant.
If you own a dog consider basic dog obedience training and then obtain a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate. Check out the Jacksonville Humane Society website for additional information on classes and fees. Many rental companies/landlords recognize the CGC status and will allow “banned” breeds of dogs (Pit Bulls, German Shepherds, Dobermans etc.) to live on property if they hold a CGC certificate.
Pay for renters insurance with additional pet coverage. Renters insurance is good for you and your possessions. Insurance proves that you take responsibility for you and your pet’s actions. It offers that extra security to the property owner. Check out the article, All Dog Breeds Covered Pet Liability Insurance, for more details about pet insurance.
Create a resume for your pet. Provide a photo ID of your pet/s. Include up to date vet records. Supply certificates of basic dog obedience and or the CGC certificate. Provide a copy of the renter insurance coverage page explaining the pet coverage. Create an individual resume or portfolio folder for each pet (dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile).
Don’t be afraid to ask the landlord or management company. Many complexes and “for rent” ads will state “no pets” or have restrictions. Don’t let that stop you from inquiring. Ask for specific reasoning. Tell them you can provide a resume that includes all the positive credentials about your pet from the above list. You will be surprised how many will consider your pet when you exhibit responsible pet ownership.

Renting is easy when you do the ground work to be a successful and responsible pet owner. Be a positive example for your landlord or management company. This will make renting easier for other pet owners and be a positive change the “renting with pets” stigma needs.

When you’re passionate and committed, you can do anything. Thank you for reading and thank you for sharing this article with others. Please share any comments, story, and event ideas with me at



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