Living with a pet in rental accommodation, or in an apartment with management rules which may exclude pets, can be a challenge. A pet resume can help your pet be accepted. The following advice may help you design a pet resume to offer your landlord or real estate agency.

A pet resume provides an opportunity for you to present a summary of your pet’s best qualities and your awareness of your responsibilities as a pet owner.
Consider providing information about the following within your pet’s resume:

Formal details
Your dog’s breed if know, age, size and desexed status. If their breed or age is especially suited to apartment-living, be sure to emphasise this. Note: if your pet is microchipped and registered.

Pet’s rental history
Discuss any previous rental experience you and your dog have had, providing references if possible. State that you are currently aware and understand the rules and restrictions in the accommodation for which you are applying.

Your pet’s health
List your vet’s name and contact details. Mention that your dog is regularly health-checked and vaccinated. Also that your dog’s flea, tick and worming control are kept up to date.

Your pet’s behaviour
Mention any aspects of your pet’s behaviour that will make your dog a valued resident. Especially if your pet is:

  • Well trained
  • Quiet
  • Less active or walked regularly
  • Friendly towards humans and other animals
  • Pets previously kept in rental accommodation with no issues
  • Your responsibility
    Explain the ways that you are a responsible pet owner including:
  • Your pet is desexed and healthy, and all medication is up to date.
  • Any previous rental experience you have had with your dog and how successful this was.
  • That you provide suitable toilet facilities for your dog and, where appropriate, take your dog on toilet breaks. You always clean up after your pet.
  • You are aware of your pet’s needs and provide adequate stimulation and training. This may include obedience training and toys for your dog. You also regularly groom your pet or attend a professional groomer.
  • Describe your arrangements for your pet when you go to work or on holiday.
  • Any commitments you have to animal organisations or charities such as the AWLA.
  • Be honest about how many pets you have or intend to keep.
  • How much you love and care for your pet.

Landlords may look favourably on any references you can provide about your pet. These may include:

  • Letters from current and previous landlords and/or neighbours.
  • Letter from your vet.
  • Certificates of training in dog obedience or letters from your dog trainer or groomer.
  • A photograph of your pet.

This article, by Dr Jo Righetti, was first published at