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Top 3 Ways to Find a Pet Friendly Home

Over the last few decades, pets have taken on more important roles within families. They have gone from being mere animals, to considered members of the family. Treated like children, it is common for a pet owner to communicate, discipline, and nurture a pet like they would their own children. When parents look to purchase a home, they are going to look for a home that is going to suit the needs of their children. They want the home, the yard, and the neighborhood to be kid friendly. Similarly, a pet owner is going to be in search for a home that will meet their pets needs. They will want a home, a yard, and a neighborhood that is pet friendly. Whether you have a dog, fish, or a goat, here are the top 3 ways to find a pet friendly home.

  1. Consider the requirements for the area.

    Cities and counties are going to have requirements that could affect your pet. As they institute ordinances to keep the people and area safe and clean, you may have to obey specific rules. For example, if you have a dog, you may have to keep the dog on a leash when you are in public or clean up after his or her messes. If you do not keep the rules put in place, you risk being fined. Look for areas that have pet friendly parks and beaches. You will have more freedom with your pet in those locations and are more likely to find other homeowners who have pets. To find information about whether or not an area is pet friendly, go to the local park or recreation department.

  2. Check the home layout.

    You want your pet to be comfortable both inside and outside the home. The type of layout you want will vary drastically depending on the type of pet you have.

    Inside:
    • The home will need to have a sufficient amount of space. If you have a larger pet, he or she is going to need more room to relax and play in. In addition to having the right space for the pet to roam around in, you will also need the right storage area to keep your pet’s belongings. Think through where you would like to keep your pets toys and food.
    • The home will need to be made out of specific materials. If your animal has nails, you are not going to want a floor that is going to be easily scratched. Or if you have fish, you may not want the fish tank over carpet where you risk the carpet becoming wet.
    • The home will need to have windows in higher locations. You do not want a home with low windows where the pet could accidentally runs into the window or fall out. If you do have low windows, you may need guard rails put in place.
    • The home will need to be a certain number of levels. Depending on the type of pet you have and where you want to keep your pet, having multiple levels in your home may not be ideal. If your pet is older or has trouble going up and down stairs, then maybe a single floor would be better.
    Outside:
    • The home will need to have an adequately sized yard. Similarly to inside the house, your pet is going to need a sufficient amount of space to live and play in.
    • The home will need to be enclosed. If your pet has a tendency to roam, get lost, or is not the most welcoming, you will need a fence.
    • The home will need special accommodations for waste. You will have to consider what type of space you want for your cat’s litter or your dog’s waste. Is there an area you can have it without causing problems to people coming to the house or playing in the yard?
  3. Consider the requirements for the type of housing.

    A typical single family home is going to be the most ideal for pets. If you are a homeowner, you will easily find accommodating homes for your pets. This is especially true if the pets are common house pets such as dogs, cats, fish, or rabbits. However, if you have a large number of house pets or farm animals, you will need to check the ordinances. Some areas are going to have a restriction on the number of house pets you can own. And farm animals as pets have their own set of restrictions, with specific zones that they are permitted in.

    If the typical single family home is not in your budget, then you can opt for a different type of housing that is still pet friendly: townhouses, apartments, or condominiums. Homeowner associations (HOAs) are going to have their own set of regulations for the homes under their jurisdiction. There are HOAs that only allow pets that are trained to help with a disability. Others may allow all pets but have limitations on the number of pets permitted and the area they can be in. Whatever the rules, they must be obeyed. The homeowner can be fined or the pet ejected from the property if disobeyed. For other condominiums, apartments, and townhouses that are not under HOAs, you will have to check the rules instituted in those areas.

People who really love their pets are not going to want a home that is not going to accommodate to their pet. Finding a home that is suitable for you and your family (including your pet) is going to make your home more enjoyable. Just as your pet brings joy to you and your family, make sure you bring joy to your pet by providing it with a good, accommodating home.

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