Support can help change no-pet policy
Question: I want to get a pet, but I rent an apartment in a building that doesn't allow animals. Is there anything that I can do to help change this policy?
Answer: Start by surveying residents to see if there is an interest in pet ownership. You'll have greater success in championing your cause if you have supporters who want to amend the house rules. Then, approach your board and ask what information they would need to consider a change.
The Hawaiian Humane Society's Pets in Housing program offers ongoing education for landlords, associations, boards and management companies on why they should explore pet-friendly policies. The Humane Society can also share tips to help custom design pet policies. Call 356-2247.
Property managers, tenants, Neighborhood Justice Center representatives and experts in real estate and condominium association law contributed to the development of the Pets in Housing program and resources. Materials available include tips for owners, recommendations for house rules, and pet application and registration.
Q: How can I find pet-friendly rentals?
A: Resources include real estate professionals who specialize in pet-friendly rentals, rental agents and resident managers who own pets themselves. Talk to friends, neighbors and veterinarians who may be aware of housing options that allow animal companions.
Visit the Humane Society's Web site (www.hawaiianhumane.org, Pets in Housing link) to search for, or post, a pet-friendly rental on Oahu.
The society also offers an online listing of pet-friendly buildings, designed for use in conjunction with classified ads or with the assistance of a Realtor. The list reflects building policy only; individual owners may still prohibit pets in their units. If that is the case, refer to the society's tip sheet: "Showing Your Future Landlord that You are a Responsible Pet Owner."
The Hawaiian Humane Society welcomes questions by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
. Indicate "Pet Ohana" in the subject line. Or, write "Pet Ohana," Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 96826.