There are some periods in our lives when relocation is required. It may either be temporary, such as needing a place to live during an intense part of a home renovation. In other cases, it may be permanent, like a job transfer to a new part of the province or country, where you need to find an immediate housing solution to live and work while at the same time eventually looking for a new home.
Of course, uprooting your life like this, especially when it was pretty well established, can leave you with some big concerns. One of the biggest, if you have pets, is finding pet-friendly accommodations. While people who don’t own pets may not “get it,” anyone with a beloved pet knows that this is a part of the family, and cutting off that bond is harmful and stressful for the owner and the pet.
If you’re looking for pet-friendly short-term rentals while you’re relocating yourself, you need to keep a few things in mind as you search.
Take More Time For Your Search
Obviously, the number of pet-friendly accommodations is going to be smaller than the number of temporary housing solutions available strictly to people. Take this into account when you begin your search. While you may easily find housing solutions in the areas you need to relocate to, finding ones that meet your pet requirements may need more time. Build this factor into your search time to avoid being cornered into last minute solutions.
Watch Out For Breed Restrictions
Like people, all dogs are not created alike, and there are big biological and behavioural differences from one breed to another. Some pet-friendly short-term rentals may take these breed characteristics into account. So while one housing solution may actually be open to smaller breeds like Corgis, for example, they may not feel comfortable with accommodating the needs of a much bigger, more athletic dog such as a Doberman Pinscher, which require much more room to move and may have more aggression issues.
Check carefully with any potential rental to see, if they do allow dogs, whether there are breed restrictions that you need to be aware of. For some people, this may be a deal breaker, and you need to know this before you sign and commit to anything.
Keep Exercise Needs In Mind
Cat owners have far less trouble in this respect, since most of the time they keep their pets indoors, and don’t even need to take them out for toilet activities since the litter box is all they use. For bigger dogs, however, like German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Greyhounds, and other breeds, access to good outdoor areas for exercise is an absolute must for responsible pet owners.
All dogs will need to be taken out for toilet activities, but big dogs, in particular, will need to have a large area in which to exercise. If you’re the type of owner that also wants to be able to let your dog run off leash, make sure there’s an area nearby that legally accommodates this.
We’ve Got What You’re Looking For
If you’ve got a pet, and you don’t know where to start looking for your pet-friendly accommodations, don’t worry; we do. City Gate Suites has temporary housing for a variety of situations, including people with pets! Contact us today for more information.