We all too often get surrender requests from folks who are moving to a new rental apartment or house and are being forced to choose between their pets and a place to live because of the new landlord's "no pets" policy.
The landlords' policies often stem from bad experiences with previous tenants whose cats peed on the carpets and hardwood floors or whose dogs angered neighbors with their barking, and a lot of expensive disasters in between. And sometimes the policies are a result of tenants who hoarded animals in their rented units, creating public problems with local health departments and law enforcement agencies.
Unfortunately, those "no pets" policies get extended to smaller animals that will never come in contact with carpets or make disruptive noise. The tenants-to-be acquiesce in the absence of any ideas for negotiating with landlords, and their pets wind up in rescues or shelters.
AAHA recently published an online article titled No Pets Allowed: Renting With Pets, which includes bargaining chips like separate security deposits for pets, contact information for previous landlords who let you rent with pets, and more. If you or someone you know is looking for a new rental home that will let you keep your pets, AAHA's article (and list of additional online references) is worth checking out.