Meet baby Aspen, just 2 and a half months old when her owners moved to a new place where she wasn’t welcome. Imagine being just a tiny pup, abandoned by the only family you’ve ever known. Wouldn’t that be scary?
Even worse, imagine being an older pet that’s lived for years as part of a family and suddenly you’re all alone, discarded because your family moved and didn’t take you with them.
Two of the most common reasons people give for dumping pets at shelters are related to living conditions: moving and landlord issues. Families are moving to new locations where pets are not allowed, or there are issues at their current residence and the landlord is insisting that the pet must go.
Now I know not everyone has this option, but I can tell you that if I were faced with either one of these situations, I would find a way. I would not abandon my dog, no matter what. But I understand that sometimes people feel that they have no choice, no available options, but the truth is that there are other alternatives.
Sometimes You Have To Get Creative
Many years ago I was looking for an apartment and when I found one that I liked and could afford, one that was close to work and other amenities that I needed, I was discouraged to learn that pets weren’t welcome there. I had a cat who’d been my constant companion for 6 years, and as much as I liked this apartment, no way was I giving up my cat of many years for an apartment where I might live for one or two.
But then I had a bright idea. Why not have my current landlord write a reference letter for me to give to the new landlord? He could tell the new guy what a responsible tenant I was, and he could mention that my pet was well-behaved and never caused a problem. It might make a difference. I mean, at the very least, it couldn’t hurt anything.
I gave the letter to my potential new landlord. He read it and admitted that even though he appreciated knowing that I would be a great tenant, he was hesitant. He’d heard stories of cats causing lots of damage and he was concerned. I offered to purchase renter’s insurance and to pay an additional damage deposit to cover any potential expenses my cat might incur – knowing that it wouldn’t be an issue because my cat wasn’t going to tear up anything! – and the landlord finally agreed.
It ended up being a great decision for both of us. It was a wonderful apartment in a great location, and my cat and I lived there in happiness and harmony for 2 years. When we moved out, there was no trace of a cat to be found, and the landlord happily offered to write a reference letter if I ever needed one in the future.
Do Your Research
If you are moving and facing issues involving your pets, do your research. Ask questions, look for alternatives, don’t be afraid to ask for help. A lot of times there are resources available to help you find a way to keep your pet, but you’re going to have to do the legwork. If you care about keeping your pet, you’ll at least make the effort.
I really like this infographic about moving with pets. Take a look at it, and then let’s chat some more below.
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Oh and by the way, if you’re interested in making baby Aspen a part of your family, please contact my rescue partner, Pibbles & More Animal Rescue. Aspen is currently in a foster home in Queens, NY, where she lives peacefully with other dogs. She is also cat-friendly. This little beauty will make a fine companion for a family that wants to give her the loving home she deserves!