It’s easier to have a pet now in a rental apartment. In recent months, more landlords have been allowing pets to sweeten deals on rentals and fill vacant apartments.
We get it: You’re planning on moving and would love to get a pet in your new apartment (all those new dog posts on social media have given you some serious dog envy). You’re aware that a lot of New York City landlords don’t allow dogs, so you’re thinking of sneaking one into your apartment. But do you really want to keep a secret that big where you live? Three words: Too. much. stress.
You may not have to sneak around. It’s easier to have a pet now in a rental apartment. In recent months, more landlords have been allowing renters to have pets to in order to sweeten deals on rentals. Some buildings are even allowing large dog breeds that were once a dealbreaker for getting approved.
However, the bottom line, says Mark Karten, a broker at Karten Real Estate Services, is that getting a dog or cat (or python) into a non-pet-friendly building is about as easy as finding a rent-controlled apartment in the West Village.
“Most landlords are just anti-pet,” he says, noting that for many buildings, the noise, messes, and conflict among tenants simply doesn’t make it worth the risk. But there are some tips and tricks for getting a pooch into what might be a pup-free pad.
[Editor’s note: An earlier version of this post was published in August 2017. We are presenting it again with updated information for July 2021.]
It used to be that landlords would require a hefty deposit in order to allow pets, but the 2019 changes to the rent laws prevent landlords from collecting additional money upfront other than one month’s rent for a security deposit—making “pet fees” illegal.
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1) Put your best paw forward
“Everything in life is about who you know, like and trust,” Karten says. “It depends on the pet and the person.” For instance, if you have sparkling references, stellar credit, and a small, well-behaved dog, you might still get greenlit.
“I’ve worked with a few buyers and renters with a pet slightly over the weight limit or wasn’t a common breed for the building,” says Katherine Salyi, a broker at Sotheby’s. But putting together a “pet resume” consisting of a reference letter, health history, training certifications, and a photo will help make a case by not only proving that you’re serious about pleasing your landlord, but that you actually have a responsible pet. It’s also important to have a letter from your vet saying your dog (or cat) is up to date on vaccines, especially the rabies vaccine, which is required by NYC law.
In a way, Salyi notes, it’s a lot like online dating. “It’s not uncommon for hopeful tenants to fudge the weight of their dog. They’re presenting the picture they want people to see.” Obviously, you can’t say your Great Dane weighs what a Corgi does, or the landlord will call your bluff. But neither is likely to begrudge a few pounds. Again it really depends on how lenient your landlord is.
2) Teach an old dog new tricks
If you’ve decided to move into a building that staunchly doesn’t allow pets, don’t expect your landlord to magically change his mind overnight just because you suddenly have to have a dog. That said, there are, of course, side doors to getting pets into non-pet buildings. One is the tricky “three-month law,” which says that if you have a companion animal in your apartment “openly and notoriously” for three months, “any no-companion animal clause in a lease is considered waived and unenforceable.”
That means you have to live your life as you normally would, just with your new pet, so no smuggling your Yorkie out the door in a handbag or hiding pee pads and water dishes. And, after three months, if your landlord hasn’t said anything or filed a suit, they cannot do a thing about the newest tenant. The city recommends keeping detailed notes about when and where an employee of the building saw you with your (non-notorious) pet and who else witnessed the encounter.
The law states that you shouldn’t fear threats of eviction if you’re discovered, and even if you lose your case in a lower court, you can appeal. And even if the court rules you have to get rid of your companion animal, you can still likely keep your apartment, albeit after some hefty legal fees, which, if you think about it, is an awful lot of stress and hassle just to keep a dog around.
3) Registered support animal
Although some abuse this to get around their building’s pet policy, if you need a pet as a support animal, the rules are different. Under the Fair Housing Act, persons with a disability are allowed to have a service animal even if the building has a no-pet rule. ( If you’re facing an eviction over a pet, head over to the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals, which offers legal advice.)
Karten’s advice: Skip the internet sites that sell ESA certificates, vests, and onesies because those are known scams. You need to have a letter from a licensed mental health professional that states you need an emotional support animal, he says.
Karten says the law even extends to exotic animals. “If my python makes me feel better and allows me to go outside, that will fly. But the average person has to know that if you have three pit bulls, nobody will take you unless it’s a private home.”
4) Landlord’s best friend
At the end of the day, nothing gets you more bonus points than actual friendship and camaraderie with your landlord—at least within reason. “If you have good credit and are a wonderful potential tenant, the landlord will bend a bit,” Karten says.
That means if you’ve been living in a non-pet building but want a four-legged friend, your best course of action is first starting a friendship with your two-legged landlord. Be honest about your desire for a pet, and, if you’ve been friendly and a good tenant, your landlord is more likely to bend the rules, since it’s ultimately more difficult for him to find a new quality tenant.
When you’re looking, also keep in mind that most new construction buildings allow pets as a way to attract new tenants, Salyi adds. But within reason. “The market really determines how selective a landlord can be,” she says.
If nothing else, these measures go to show the level of dedication pet owners and prospective owners have for their furry family members. “New York City dog owners will do almost anything for their pets,” Salyi says.
If you’re going on vacation, deciding whether you’ll spend the day by the pool or the beach should be your hardest decision. Vacations are about relaxing and being carefree, but for most pet parents, they can also be stressful. Unless Fido’s coming, pet parents need to figure-out what they are going to do with dogs and cats. Deciding what to do is a huge decision and can be very tough. After all, it’s impossible to have a relaxing vacation if you’re worried about your pets back home. Here’s a breakdown of the options pet parents can choose from:
1. Boarding kennels
Most people are familiar with boarding kennels. These are businesses that primarily exist to provide boarding for pets. In recent years, the number of pet boarding facilities has grown in the United States. In order to distinguish themselves from the competition, many have redefined what we can expect from boarding kennels. Some promote resort-style accommodations with luxury suites complete with plush doggie beds and high definition TV’s showing pet-specific programs. Cats often have luxury kitty condos with multiple levels so your cat has plenty of room to spread out. Others offer cage-free boarding for their canine guests to run amok. Most have pet cams that allow you to check on your pet while you’re drinking a Mai Tai in Hawaii. The best way to decide whether one of these facilities is right for you and your pet is to check it out in person, tour the facility, and see what they have to offer.
2. Veterinary hospitals
Not everyone realizes that many veterinary hospitals also provide boarding. Veterinary hospitals that provide boarding usually have a separate area to house boarders. While they might not offer resort-style luxury-suites or cage-free accommodations, medical staff has the advantage of knowing how to care for animals with medical problems. If your pet has a medical problem, experienced medical staff can insure she gets all medications and is carefully monitored while you’re away. Even if your pet is healthy, if she gets sick while you’re on vacation, medical staff will know what to do, and your pet doesn’t have to travel far to get veterinary care. Ask your veterinarian to find out if they offer boarding. Remember, most have limited space compared to boarding kennels, and some can’t accommodate large dogs.
3. Pet sitters
Pet sitters come to your house at scheduled times to care for your pet while you’re away. This is a great option for cats or animals that don’t adapt easily to new environments. Since cats are fairly self-sufficient, a pet sitter can come once a day to refill food and water and give them attention. Dogs need more frequent visits, and to be let out. You can find local pet sitters on Yelp or via word of mouth. I also suggest checking with your veterinarian to find-out who they recommend. Be sure to ask if any of the veterinary staff pet sit, since many do to earn extra money. Veterinary assistants and technicians make great pet sitters, not only because they are experienced with caring for animals, but also because they may already know your pets.
4. Home boarding
There are companies that provide in-home boarding for pets. Instead of taking your pet to a boarding facility, you bring her to the pet sitter’s home. While it’s still a new environment and may not be the best choice for anxious animals, it’s less intimidating than a large boarding facility. For social animals, it’s almost like a vacation for your pets. They get to stay in a supervised, pet-friendly home and may even make new pet friends. Some people prefer this to having someone in their home, and it is often cheaper than boarding kennels.
Leaving your pet while you are vacation is always stressful. At least having these options helps you make a choice you’ll be comfortable with. Bon voyage!
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Publié le Sun., November 04, 2018 by NmNomador
As a pet-owner, it’s easy to believe that you’re the ideal candidate for house-sitting. You can clearly demonstrate in-depth experience at looking after pets, plus of course a love of pets. But unless you’re planning on leaving your own pets behind, organizing a house-sit where you plan to bring your own pets along can be challenging. As someone who’s house-sat multiple times bringing along my own small dog, here are my tips.
The Difficulties in Finding a House-Sit as a Pet-Owner
To understand why a home-owner looking for a house-sitter may be hesitant to choose someone with their own pet, it helps to consider why the home-owner wants a house-sitter. Often the home-owner’s pets aren’t happy at staying in a kennel environment surrounded by other pets. Their pets may be defensive and easily provoked by other pets, or just easily scared.
If you are intending to bring along your own pet to a house-sit, the same issues apply. If the house-sit includes a dog and you have a dog, the dogs may not like each other, especially if they are of differing sizes and temperaments. If the house-sit includes a cat and you have a cat, their cat may not take kindly to another cat intruding on its territory. And then there are the complications of combining dogs and cats! Also, many house-sits include multiple animals, both dogs and cats, complicating the balance of relationships further.
Even if both yourself and the home-owner are confident that your pets will like each other (and it’s impossible to know for certain beforehand, especially with the complication of being on one pet’s home turf), issues may arise. There’s the dilemma of what to do when you head out to the supermarket, leaving all the pets behind. Plus possible arguments between the pets over food, treats and toys. And meanwhile, you may have a month or longer house-sit stretching out in front of you, with pets that don’t get on. No wonder many homeowners go for the simpler option of choosing a house-sitter without any pets, when they want to be assured that everything will go smoothly.
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Dealing with Potential Conflicts
The best way to deal with these potential conflicts, and convince a home-owner that you are the right house-sitter for them, is to anticipate the issues that could arise. That firstly starts with knowing your own pet and their temperament, and not applying to house-sits that you’re not confident your pet will also enjoy. For instance, I have a small dog and I know that he’s not always comfortable around large dogs. So, I avoid applying to house-sits with dogs over a certain size. I also avoid applying for house sits with cats, at least indoor cats.
When applying to a house-sit, be upfront with the home-owner about your own pet and theirs. The biggest no-no would be to not mention at all that you’re intending to bring along your own pet, and spring it on them at the last moment. Include plenty of details about your own pet, so that they can make an informed decision. And be gracious if they turn you down.
As it’s always difficult to know how animals will get on in advance, it would be ideal to introduce your pets in advance, before a final decision is reached. However, this will only work if you live locally. In the house sits I’ve completed with my pet, this hasn’t been possible; instead we’ve had a long Skype conversation so we can at least clearly see each other’s pets.
Finally, at the actual house-sit be cautious about contact between the pets. When the pets initially meet, it’s ideal if they can meet on neutral territory, not inside the house. Then keep a close eye on all the pets during the sit, and if necessary separate them at times, especially when being fed meals. If you are leaving the house, it’s best if you can leave the pets in separate areas – such as two separate rooms inside the house, or one pet inside and the other outside. Discuss your plans for this in advance with the home-owner.
An extra tip: if you haven’t previously house-sat, consider firstly getting an initial house-sit and recommendation under your belt, without taking your pet. Plus, the easiest house-sits to line-up are repeat house-sits, where you already know that your own pet fits in happily in the household.
Exploring Venice with my dog
Factors to Keep in Mind for International Sits
If you are intending to bring your own pet along, keep in mind the requirements for taking your pet across country borders, before applying to international sits. Sometimes it’s easy to move around with your pet, such as within the European Union, as long as your pet has a passport and a rabies vaccine. But there’re other countries that are more difficult to enter.
In particular, some countries require most pet arrivals to go into quarantine. Examples include Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Japan, and Singapore. When bringing a pet into Europe, there are specific rules to be followed until a PETS EU Passport can be obtained. In these cases, leaving your own pet behind (perhaps with their own pet-sitter?) makes the most sense.
Shandos Cleaver is the founder and blogger-in-chief of Travelnuity, a travel blog focused on dog-friendly travel around the world. Currently travelling in Europe with her Miniature Dachshund, Schnitzel, Shandos realised there was a shortage of information about travelling with a dog. Travelnuity aims to provide hands-on information to other dog-loving travellers, whether about sight-seeing, transport options or where to stay, plus inspire more people to travel with their dogs.
Getting along like cats and dogs has never been known as a good thing. Though they both are predators, even small dogs seem to think they should chase down cats. Most felines also don’t appreciate canine rambunctiousness and have no problem swatting a pooch in the face if he comes too close. So what can a lover of those who bark and those who meow do? Can the two worlds ever live in peace?
While some pups and kitties can figure things out on their own, lots need a little intervention to smooth things over. Basically, it all boils down to how much prey drive your dog has. Prey drive is a natural instinct that helps wild dogs get dinner. As pooches have been domesticated, this urge has been decreased, but it’s always still there to an extent.
This drive causes your pupper to go totally primal when a cat starts to run. The chase is then on, much to your kitty’s dismay. The amount of training it will take to convince your pets to cooperate will vary depending on your animals themselves, but be prepared to spend weeks of work before progress is achieved. If your dog is still a puppy, they may get used to cats sooner than an older dog who has never been fond of felines.
So now that you have your goal in view, you need to be prepared. Some handy things to have include:
- Treats: Food goodies are the mother of all positive reinforcements. Don’t be stingy, stock up on the yummy stuff for each training session.
- A Friend’s Cat: Preferably, find a cat who is at least semi-comfortable around dogs. A practice cat can help your dog get used to felines before you bring one home.
- A Crate: Use the crate as a tool so that both animals can be in the room safely. Your pooch will be able to sniff the cat fully from inside.
- A Calm Demeanor: Your four-legged friends feed off of your energy. If you aren’t calm, neither will he be. Set the right tone for an interaction by being in your most zen frame of mind.
- A Leash: Those first few meet and greets can get a little crazy. Keep your pup on a leash to control the situation.
Sometimes the animals are just on polar opposite sides of the spectrum. In these rare cases, you may have to consider finding a new home for one of the animals, for the safety of both.
Below are some great ways to teach your dog how to react to the presence of a cat. It’s best to focus on the dog’s behavior, as they respond better to training (and often are responsible for interactions going bad).
Pets are a very important part of our lives. For many people, a cat or dog is a miniature person with whom they share a meaningful bond. We love our pets like we love our best friends and even our children — and, like our children, our pets cannot always take proper care of themselves.
So, when work or family obligations take us away from our homes and beloved furry friends, the heroic Pet Sitter steps in to save the day. These people are veritable lifesavers at times when you really want to bring your pal but can’t, and they deserve to be thanked for the important service they provide.
Use these pet sitting thank you note templates as starting points for your own notes of thanks to your own pet sitter.
Petting Sitting Thank You Note Wording
Thanks so much for taking such wonderful care of Rufus while we were away last week over Christmas. He loves spending time with you because he knows he’ll have the most fun vacation out in the mountains, playing in the meadows and exploring fresh snowfall on the trails all day, every day! What a spoiled pup. We appreciate all your attention and love and care you give to our special boy, and we doubly appreciate that you keep us updated with photos and videos of his daily activities. The peace of mind your provide is priceless.
Thanks again from the three of us,
Thanks for tolerating Miss Priss and her fussy attitude all weekend. For some reason she has made an exception for you and allows your cuddles — congratulations! We loved that you sent us photos and videos of her playful side! A rarity indeed. And thank you for making sure she took her daily medication and for changing her litter box right away; we can always tell when you’ve been here (as opposed to other sitters). The place looks and smells great, and Miss Priss is contentedly hanging out in her fav spot on the couch, brushed and happy (at least that’s how we like to interpret her facial expression).
We hope you’re willing and available next time we go away, we’d love to have you back! And I’m sure Miss Priss is OK with that, too.
Thank you for taking such great care of Snowball over the winter; we were pleased to see your photos of her ‘hoppy’ and well taken care of. It looks as though you enjoyed her cuddles as much as we do! Sorry that she did not multiply, as you were expecting all rabbits to do (hah).
Thanks for agreeing to feed and water my two Mongolian gerbils over the past month, and at such short notice. I could rest easy knowing someone as responsible as you were looking after my furry little boys. They especially loved the fresh parsley from your garden — thank-you! You really helped me out when I needed a friend. Let me know if I may return the favour and look after your pet mice someday!
Universal “Thanks for Watching My Pet” Template
Dear [Pet Sitter],
Animal lovers are easy to find, but responsible animal lovers are a rare breed indeed. We are fortunate to have found you, a great person committed to providing love and care for our [pets], and at such short notice! Thanks for taking great care of our [pets], and for [doing all the necessary things] and beyond. [Describe the beyond things.] We loved receiving updates on what [our pet] was up to throughout the day; the regular photos and videos from you added up to a lot of peace of mind. Thank you again for all you do,
I like to climb mountains, read Nietzsche, and explore the West Coast. I have a BA from York University and yet on this site I sometimes spell like an American (know your audience). Thank you. Thank you very much.
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You would need their employer tax ID.
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Pet sitting is not like day care. They don’t need to have an employer ID. You are doing this as a “sole proprietor” which means if you are doing this as your own business, you need to keep track of you income and expenses (mileage is easiest; treats if you buy/make them; if you keep your own leashes on hand just for this purpose; toys if that’s how you introduce yourself by giving a gift). You’ll file a Schedule C-EZ and a Schedule SE when you do your income taxes at the end of the year. Any tax preparer can help with this. If you do your own, all software packages have this available. You should also plan to set about 13% aside for your self-employment taxes (same as your social security/medicare at a regular job), and I’d guess 12-18% for federal and state income taxes (these are pretty high percentage estimates. the self-employment is the same every year). Setting it aside the first year will help you to pay in if necessary; after that, you may be asked to file quarterly if you really make a go of it on a full-time basis.
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Also, I believe, if it is less than $1,000 per year, and I may be wrong, but that is what it was two years ago, it is income that you do not need to report. Again, this may be old information, but I would check with your local IRS office, call them up. It also is tax season now, so any H and R Block or tax preparer would know the answer, (we hope). Good Luck. D. Helm
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You might have heard this recent story: Several airlines have repeatedly denied a woman’s request to bring her pet hedgehog inside the cabin. In fact, this has spurred a Change.org petition urging air carriers to change their stance on pets. According to CNN.com, the passenger was told that Heloise the hedgehog could chew its way out of the container or cause other passengers to have an allergic reaction.
If you’re looking to bring your fur baby on a plane, the rules can be complicated. We took a look at carry-on policies by airline and collected them here, in one easy reference. Some rules, however, are universal: Passengers flying with pets must make reservations over the phone and check-in must be done at the airport counter. All pets (one per passenger) must be transported in a carrier that is leak-proof, escape-proof, provides ventilation on at least two sides, and fits under the seat in front of you – the carrier also counts as one of your carry-on items. Don’t forget to ask the airline the maximum size carrier it allows onboard when making flight arrangements.
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Fido must stay in his carrier from gate-to-gate, and is required to be able to stand up, turn around, and lie down in a natural position inside it. Airlines are not responsible for the well-being of pets, and if there is an emergency in the cabin, oxygen won’t be administered to your pet. Also, your airline reserves the right to deny boarding to pets if they are ill or aggressive towards your fellow passengers. As a precaution, make sure you have vaccination certificates and identification tags when appropriate.
Here’s a quick look at the individual carry-on pet policies of 11 airlines.
JetBlue: Passengers with cats and small dogs only — no other kinds of animals are allowed — have to pay an additional $100 each way on domestic and international flights. The combined weight of your pet and the carrier cannot exceed 20 pounds, and only four pets are allowed — total — per flight. Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. JetBlue recommends that you choose a window or aisle seat.
Delta: When flying with Delta, you’re permitted to bring an at least 10-week-old dog, cat, or household bird, though Tweety can only travel within the United States. The cost is $75-$200 each way, depending on the destination. Pets are not allowed to fly to or from about a dozen destinations — including Hawaii — so check before you book. Delta’s policy is that only one pet per carrier is allowed, though there are two exceptions: one female cat or dog may travel with her un-weaned litter if the litter is 10 weeks to six months old, or two pets of the same species and size between the age of 10 weeks and six months may be allowed to travel in one carrier — they just have to be small enough to fit comfortably together. Only two pets, total, are allowed each in first class and domestic business class; four can travel in the main cabin.
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American: Cats and dogs of at least eight weeks of age are allowed to fly with American when traveling within the U.S. mainland, Alaska, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, and St. Croix (for $125 each way, with no more than seven pets per flight — two in first class and five in coach or business). Leave your four-legged friends home if you’re going to or from Hawaii, or you’re heading to transatlantic/transpacific destinations, or to Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The airline also allows you to put two cats or two dogs in the same carrier, provided they are small enough to fit.
Southwest: Only small vaccinated domestic cats and dogs at least eight weeks old (up to six per flight, for $95 each way) can be taken on this airline when traveling on domestic flights; they’re not allowed on international routes. Here, too, you can you bring two appropriately sized cats or dogs in the same carrier. Passengers cannot sit in an exit row or in a seat with no forward under-seat stowage if they’re traveling with pets.
Spirit: The cost is $110 each way to bring a domesticated dog or cat inside the cabin on domestic flights and ones to Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. Small household birds can also come aboard, but they’ll have to sit out the flights to and from Puerto Rico and St. Thomas. A total of four pets, at least eight weeks old and fully weaned, are allowed on the plane, where you can sit anywhere except for the first and emergency rows. The combined weight of the pet and its carrier cannot exceed 40 pounds. If you have more than one friend of the same species, you can place them in the same container as long as they have ample room.
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Frontier: Tack $75 each way onto your airfare to travel with domesticated dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, or small household birds on flights within the U.S., with 10 allowed per flight. You’re allowed to bring up to two small animals (puppies or kittens ages eight to 10 weeks old, hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, and small household birds) in one travel container, and you cannot sit in an exit row.
United: Up to four total domesticated cats, dogs, rabbits, and birds are allowed aboard each United flight for a $125 service charge each way, plus the same amount charged if your itinerary includes a stopover of more than four hours within the U.S. or more than 24 hours outside of the United States. Two birds are permitted in the same carrier, while their owner cannot sit in the bulkhead or an emergency exit row. You cannot bring along your pet if it is younger than eight weeks and if you’re flying to, from, or through Australia, Hawaii, or Micronesia.
Virgin America: Bring along your pooch or kitty if you’re flying with this company, but they must be older than eight weeks, weaned, and the total weight of the animals and carrier cannot exceed 20 pounds. The cost is $100 each way.
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Alaska Air: Pets allowed in the cabin are dogs, cats, rabbits, and household birds, however, only canines and felines are permitted when flying to Hawaii. First class can accommodate one pet carrier per flight, and the main cabin can accommodate up to five pet carriers per flight. Owners cannot sit in the emergency rows, and dogs and cats must be weaned and older than eight weeks. The aforementioned rule of two pets per carrier applies here as well. Budget $100 each way for your companion.
Hawaiian Airlines: With this airline, you can only bring your cat or dog to a neighboring Hawaiian island or to North America for $35-$175. If your flight is international or originating from North America, you cannot fly with a pet. There are other conditions under which your pet can fly: the weight of your four-legged friend and the carrier cannot top 25 pounds, they must be at least eight weeks old, and up to two puppies or two kittens between eight weeks and six months old may be carried in one container as long as it weighs a maximum of 25 pounds.