"You may have a dog that won't sit up, roll over or even cook breakfast, not because she's too stupid to learn how but because she's too smart to bother." (Rick Horowitz, Chicago Tribune)
"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive." (Gilda Radner)
If you've ever tried to find an apartment or other type of housing that allows pets, you know that it can present a real challenge. Animal shelters receive pets all the time where "no-pet housing" is the reason provided for surrendering the pet.
Locating pet-friendly housing can certainly be time- consuming, but there are things you can do to help persuade a landlord that you'll be a responsible tenant and pet owner. Go to www.petfriendlyrentals.ca for more information.
For example, reference letters from your dog's veterinarian can help to demonstrate that you're a good pet owner... likewise, a certificate from an obedience class can help to convince a potential landlord that your pet won't tear up his rental unit! This type of documentation can be especially helpful if you have a large dog; rentals that DO allow pets often have a "small pet only" rule.
If you can't immediately find long-term housing that accepts pets, please don't abandon your pet - instead, ask pet-friendly vacation accommodations whether they have long-term rates available. Don't limit yourself to hotels either; sometimes smaller lodgings can be more flexible if you just ask.
"I thought this was a great action shot, we took this on our walk in early spring, in Butterpot Park, on the Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland. Abbey is the Lab/Golden Cross and Molly is the Black Lab." - Kim Dunphy