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The PupJoy Post

The Renters Guide to Pet Ownership

They’re your four-legged family, but as a renter, there is a lot to consider before you run and adopt a pet from the shelter! We asked our friends at Sequoia what to consider before you bring a furry roommate home.

Here are some of the suggested considerations:


Housing Availability

Many buildings don’t allow pets which makes the pool of apartments a little shallower. Property managers typically don’t like tenants who make messes, are noisy, don’t clean up after themselves or may damage the apartment.

If you already have a lease make sure you read over the details for the property pet policy. You may also want to contact the property manager to see if they’re willing to make an exception to rules for a reliable, trustworthy tenant.

Some properties may surprise you and offer to help contribute towards your adoption fees. Sequoia reimburses residents up to $250 each time they adopt a cat or dog from the local humane society! Some properties will even give you a welcome gift for your pup! But, whatever you do, don’t try to hide a pet!



Almost all apartment buildings ask for either a pet deposit, which is in addition to the security deposit, or monthly pet rent. In some cases, property managers ask for both. This helps account for the added risk that pets bring — soiled carpets, scratched door frames, torn screens, and so on. Understand your costs and liabilities before deciding to add a furry friend to the family.



Dogs need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy, and that’s difficult to accomplish in a small apartment. When considering an apartment,  scout the city for places that are near dog parks or walking trails. If you already have an apartment and these amenities are not close, then you will need to commit to packing up your new BFF and making daily trips to the dog park, or taking long walks.


Best Breeds

A Pyrenean Mountain Dog is probably not a good fit for your studio, but there are other breeds both large and small that aren’t suited to apartment life. If you’re hoping for a small breed, terriers, bulldogs, pugs, and the cavalier King Charles spaniel are some of the best dogs for apartments. In the Medium and even large category: Greyhounds, Great Danes, and Mastiffs are low-energy enough to get their exercise needs met with just a walk or two a day. Wag! can help you find certified pet walkers if you need some help giving your pup the exercise they need! What’s most important is that you research the breeds you’re interested in to make sure you pick a best friend that is compatible with both your home and your lifestyle.


Be Prepared

Your new best friend is arriving and everyone is excited! Make sure you have prepared the apartment for the arrival of your new BFF as failing to prepare could result in damage to your rental and the loss of your pet deposit. Here is a great article from our friends at Rover.com over on how to prepare for your new puppy.


Moving on

Remember that Pet deposit - now is the time to check it out and see if it was refundable!! When it’s time for you and your pet to move on to your next place, you’ll have quite a bit of cleaning up to do. Our best advice is to stay on top of damage and mess your pet may create, and do your best to clean the carpets yourself before leaving. This goes a long way to getting the maximum refund. If not, clean anyway - it just makes you a good human being!

It is always wise to think carefully before having a pet, you want to make sure you can provide the time, space, exercise and money to keep your furry friend happy and healthy. If you have any doubts, then wait to adopt until you have a place where your pup will thrive!