Welcome to Four Paws Up!, the newsletter of The Happy Dog Spot.

I hope that you and your canine companion had a safe, happy summer and enjoyed lots of fun activities together!

As many people still deal with the realities of the economy and the housing situation, this month I would like to share with you a wonderful article from the Humane Society of the United States. This article, titled "13 Steps to Finding Animal-Friendly Rental Housing," provides some great tools and advice on what to do if you must rent with your pet.

If you are searching for pet-friendly rental housing and it is taking a while to find it, don't get discouraged! Pet-friendly rental housing does exist -- you just have to give yourself plenty of time to look around and know how to go about positioning you and your pooch as "model tenants." If you rent or will be renting -- for any reason -- I hope that you find this article useful in helping you locate the perfect rental situation for you and your canine companion.

Please be sure to follow the link to the rest of the article, as there are also many other great articles and tools on the HSUS site -- including sample reference letters from veterinarians and past landlords -- which will come in very helpful as you seek to find a new rental "nest" for you and your pooch.

I hope you find this information to be useful, and that it supports you in making the best decisions about your dog's care and well being.

Here's hoping that all dogs are happy dogs.

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Featured Article: "13 Steps to Finding Animal-Friendly Rental Housing"

1. Give yourself enough time. No one likes the hassles involved with moving, much less finding rental housing that accepts pets. If possible, start to check ads and contact real estate agents and rental agencies at least six weeks before you plan to move.

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2. Understand why many housing communities reject pets. Put yourself in the shoes of a landlord, housing manager, property owner, or condominium association board member for a moment: They may have had bad experiences with irresponsible pet owners who didn't safely confine their animals or pick up their feces, sneaked pets in, or left ruined carpets and drapes when they moved out. They may be worried about complaints from neighbors about barking dogs and wonder how they are going to deal effectively with pet owners if problems arise. All these concerns are legitimate.

That's why people looking for an apartment, house, or condominium to rent must be able to sell themselves as responsible pet owners, who are committed to providing responsible pet care and being responsible neighbors.

3. Make use of available resources. Contact the humane society or animal care and control agency serving the area into which you are moving; the agency may be able to provide you with a list of apartment communities that allow pets. If you know any real estate agents, rental agents, or resident managers who own pets themselves or who share your love of animals, ask them for leads. Look for a community apartment guidebook at the supermarket or near newspaper distribution boxes on the street. The guide may indicate which apartment communities allow pets and may list any restrictions, such as species allowed or weight limits. In addition, be sure to check local newspapers. Finally, take a look at our links to sites that list animal-friendly apartments.

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