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Pet Friendly Canada Newsletter - February 2009

"All of the animals except for man know that the principle business of life is to enjoy it." (Samuel Butler)

"A cat is a puzzle for which there is no solution." (Hazel Nicholson)


I wasn't really looking to adopt a new dog. But the search to adopt the perfect cat for my 18-year-old daughter had weakened my resistance and before I knew it I was reading the rescue boards again, this time looking for a dog.

Perhaps it was the loss of our 16-year-old Silky Terrier or perhaps it was the fact that my last and youngest child was moving out to her first apartment. Perhaps it was a middle age crisis or the realization that the title Senior Citizen was looming closer. Whatever the reason, the more I read the more tragedy I found and those old feelings that I had when I worked in the shelter came flooding back. So many needing homes, not enough to go around. What could I do to help? Surely we had room for one more. After all, how much room could one small dog take?

I found a story of a woman who rescued 11 Chihuahua’s from a puppy mill. Having 3 chi's myself, the story hit home hard. The mill breeder could not place them with the brokers because of various reasons and had threatened to sell them to a less than desirable reputable mill, if you can imagine that. I speculated lab specimens or bait dogs, a horror story repeated throughout the United States. [ Continue reading... ]



"Maxy, our 6-year-old Springer Spaniel, and Cupie (SPCA rescue 4 years ago), our 8-year-old Border Collie Cross, complete our lives in more ways than one."
- Vicky in Calgary, Alberta

"Lucy and Cloe's first Christmas together."
- Sandra H.

"Here is a photo of our Maxi (or Maximillion), our 8-year-old Bichon Frise ... and his 'bluey'."
Kent and Medina from Waterloo, Ontario

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Landlords want to protect their investment. As a pet owner, you want to show a prospective landlord that you are a responsible tenant and a responsible pet owner. You want to convince the landlord that it would be a good thing to have you as a tenant! Here are a few things to consider when renting with pets:

  • Create a resume for your pet. It might sound funny to have a resume for an animal, but it can help show a landlord that you are a responsible pet owner. Include helpful information like obedience and socialization classes, any volunteer work your pet might have done (eg. pet-assisted therapy work), references from veterinarians, dog trainers, pet sitters, neighbors, previous landlords, etc.. You could also include a copy of your pet's vaccination records to show that he's healthy and is up-to-date on vaccines. It also helps to show that your pet is spayed or neutered. Finally, include a short write-up about you as a pet owner.

  • Offer a prospective landlord the opportunity to visit you at your current residence. He can then meet your pet and see how well you keep your current rental unit.

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