There are plenty of pets that need homes and there are many people willing to take those pets in. However, there can be difficulty finding a pet friendly home. Growing up, I always wanted a pet but my mom either wouldn’t allow it or our landlord wouldn’t allow it. Now that I have moved out on my own, I have realized how much there really is to finding a pet friendly home. It’s not as simple as it seems.
Step 1: Finding a Pet Friendly Home
The first step is finding a pet friendly home. If you are renting, it may be more difficult to find a place that allows pets as many landlords want to avoid the damage that can come with owning a pet. There are plenty of methods that can be used to search for a pet friendly home. The oldest methods are driving around searching for signs or looking through your local newspaper. In these cases it may not always be obvious when pets are allowed so a call should be made to ensure they will allow a pet. A more modern way to go would be to go online. There are plenty of websites that have been created for the purpose of helping you find the perfect home. Go to http://harnesslife.org/housing/ for a compilation of helpful links on the newly-formed harnesslife.org Housing resources page.
Step 2: Inspect Home for Pet Friendliness
The second step is to inspect the future home. Every pet owner needs to think about their pet’s comfort and well-being as well as their own. Traits of a pet friendly home include a lot of space, a safe yard, tough floors, and plenty of storage space.
Many pets need room to move around and a spacious yard and home to run and play in. Every yard needs to be fenced and checked for safety to avoid losing your pet, possible injury, or poisoning. Insecticides and fertilizers can be dangerous for pets so make sure pets aren’t allowed in areas where they are often used. There may also be plants that are toxic to your pet and these plants need to be removed or blocked off. You can check out which plants are toxic by checking out the list on this link: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants
Since some pets can be very active, it is also important to have tough flooring in your home. Hardwood floors are best and carpet should be avoided. Carpet can trap odors and stains. They are also more difficult to clean and are more likely to receive damage from a pet. Wall paint should also be something that is easy to clean so semi-gloss wall paint is suggested. Semi-gloss wall paint is easier to wipe down and less likely to stain so smudges can be avoided.
Storage space is another must when owning a pet. There needs to be an area where food can be stored properly as well as toys and other pet accessories. There should also be a proper feeding space as well as a proper litter box space when necessary. Pets need to be groomed so having an area that can be used for washing and grooming your pet is important. Last but not least, if possible, having an exit such as a doggy door is always a plus. If renting it may not be possible to install one but it never hurts to check.
Step 3: Be a Good Homeowner or Renter
The last step in being a successful pet owner with a pet friendly home is being a good homeowner or renter. If you are buying your home you will hopefully do your best to keep it clean and tidy so these tips work for homebuyers as well as renters.
First things first: pet proof your home. Pets have a tendency of getting into things and places they shouldn’t. This is why when you are done inspecting the home, note the problem areas and block them from your pet to avoid accidents.
Cleaning is extremely important. Make sure to vacuum and mop on a regular basis. Also bathe and groom your pet often to avoid messes. It is also important to train your pet so that it knows to potty outside and not chew on everything and everyone. Setting a schedule to feed and take out your pet is also handy. Buy toys for your pet to avoid damage to furniture, floors and walls and make sure store toys and pet accessories properly. If there is a doggy door, use it and make sure your pet knows to use it. Last of all, spay and neuter your pet. It is good for their health and it helps prevent overpopulation. It can also help lower the rising numbers of strays that won’t have homes.
Owning a pet is more complicated than it seems. You have to be prepared to worry about the well-being of your pet just as much as your own well-being. Having a proper home is a big part of this so make sure that before you get a pet, you have a pet friendly home in which to house them.