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When We Can't Rent With Pets, We Usually Let Them Die

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Last year I was scrambling to find a place to live, frustrated because the vast majority of the apartments on Craigslist either did not allow pets or allowed only one (usually a cat or small dog).

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Ciara D (0)
Monday September 9, 2013, 6:49 am
There are more than enough people in America wanting a new companion animal, to empty all the shelters there. If people offer more pet-friendly accommodation that will only increase, and we can work towards ending the unnecessary killing of animals that most people contribute to daily.

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday September 9, 2013, 7:09 am
If I had to rent a home and they told me I can't have pets, I would most definitely not take it - I would sooner go and live in the bush with them!

Tim C (2420)
Monday September 9, 2013, 8:23 am

Past Member (0)
Monday September 9, 2013, 8:58 am
I have never understood this practice. In many cultures, when you save a life, you become responsible for that life. I could no more abandon my pets than I could my wife, children, or grandchildren. Pets are not disposable; they are not something to be rid of when they become inconvenient. We need to demand a change in the laws and end discrimination against people with pets.

Connie O (44)
Monday September 9, 2013, 9:02 am
My son is facing that problem now. I know a friend that managed a complex and stated that the liability rates for insurance are so much higher that they do not allow dogs. Something needs to change.

aj E (164)
Monday September 9, 2013, 11:26 am

penny C (83)
Monday September 9, 2013, 2:18 pm
So sad,sometimes a pet is a seniors only companion & family.How heart breakingly sad when they cant take them with them to an apartment.

Candy L (473)
Monday September 9, 2013, 10:47 pm
It is hard to find a place that will take pets. Lucky for me when I was renting that I always found a place. I would never give up my cats!

Kay M (347)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 1:16 pm
it's sad. I got kicked out of an apt b/c they changed ownership & wouldn't allow animals despite my prev signed lease. but I wasn't going to just get rid of my animals. and it's sad how many people commented how stupid I was in not just getting rid of them.

Shan D (49)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 1:17 pm
I had to pay a $500 non-refundable pet fee on top of my damage deposit when I moved into my current place ($250 per cat). People thought I was crazy, but the alternative would be that all 3 of us would have been homeless. My cats are my children, and we are a package deal. It's all or none.

One of my lottery ideas is that if I were ever to win, I'd find a way to rent ONLY to people with pets (under suitable health and safety measures, of course).

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 1:27 pm
I would never rent a place that didn't accept my pets, and would never get a pet if I knew that I couldn't offer it it's forever home. That is not fair to the pet. They could have went to a home that could have offered them a forever home if you didn't interfere. The people of the USA are such a bad 'throw away' society and expect others to fix their mistakes - like shelters who will end up euthanizing the pet, especially if it's over 2 - 3 years old. Over 9,000 pets are euthanized in the USA, EVERYDAY. We must make pets less accessible to those that can't commit to them.

Barbara V (51)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 4:18 pm
I happen to be a landlady, but there's no way I could refuse pets. Heck! Pets are half the fun!!! Another thing, people who would actually let a pet die, would drop it off on the side of the road, or would turn it in for euthanasia, deserve a hell of the worst sort. I've actually seen this to happen on TV--pets locked up in an abandoned or foreclosed house with no food or water. Pets wandering out on the highways; kittens left on the streets to get purposely run over. I tell you, I am on the edge of giving up with the human race. We have become a society of monsters.

Bette-Ann Libin (11)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:09 pm

Really, more than enough people? News to me....11,000 HOMELESS pets are put to DEATH every day in the USA!!!!

Carlene V (202)
Tuesday September 10, 2013, 5:36 pm
Agree with Barbara V. We own a condo in Concord that we've rented out for years. To help defray the costs of any damage from a pet, we charge an additional deposit. It is returned when they move out of the condo and I can't recall any damage a pet has done but have several I can think of done by the tenants. People who wantonly dump a pet are a poor excuse for the human race and what kind of lesson are they teaching their children?

Inge B (202)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 12:33 am
Never give up your pet, once you have been unified so you have a responsibility to take care of your pet until someone dies a natural death


Candy L (473)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:14 am
I lived in a condo type for 5 years & then they changed managers, & this butthole decided no pets, I could stay if I gave up my cats. I had 30 days to fine a place. At that time could not find a place, so had to move in with my mom & sister. I put up with them for 5 years because I would not give up my pets. & this Jan I moved into my own place & me & my cat family are very happy,

Danuta W (1249)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 3:28 am

Ruth C (87)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 6:17 am
I would never abandon my animals no matter what happens, there are always places that allow animals.

Shan D (49)
Wednesday September 11, 2013, 9:35 am
"...there are always places that allow animals." (Ruth S.)

Oh, really? ALWAYS? And are these places affordable? Are they in the same city you live in? Are there draconian rules attached (ie. cats must be DECLAWED)? Extra non-refundable pet fees? A clause in the lease that says if any other tenant becomes "upset" with your pet, you have to either get rid of it or move?

I've encountered all that, and I'm sure there's more. I never had my cats declawed, btw. I wish it were illegal for property owners to demand that.

And then there was the situation of "we'll take dogs, but not cats because cats are too much trouble." WTF!

Nan Towle (75)
Thursday September 12, 2013, 2:54 pm
What Brian M. said couldn't have been more beautifully written and is exactly right.

My pets are no different than me. We all are sentient beings that want to be with those that love and protect us, and we will return that love and protection in kind. As we live together our family bonds becomes interwoven, enriched and all the better for it. We would no more abandon our pets than we would a child, spouse, grandparent. Love transcends species and everything else is just stuff. We are responsible for the lives we take on.

Landlords are slowly learning that responsible pet owners and their pets are great tenants. There are bad human tenants that have no animals too. Its an old practice that has to be overcome like so many things.
And no, I would not go anywhere that my dogs could not go.
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