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Checklist – How to Find Responsible Pet Owners


The following is a list of questions to use when interviewing prospective residents with pets. These questions will assist you in getting to know a resident and his or her commitment to providing responsible pet care. We strongly suggest that you meet the pet, especially dogs; a well-groomed, well-behaved pet is one of the best signs of a responsible pet caregiver.

A Checklist for Rental Managers - How to Find Responsible Pet Owners


For All Pet Owners

  • What types of pets do you have?
  • How long have you had your pets?
  • Do you have a letter of recommendation from your veterinarian stating that each pet is in good health and up-to-date on vaccinations?
  • Do you have any written reference for your pets from your current landlord?
  • Have there been any complaints about your pet at your current address? If so, have you paid your landlord for all the damage done?
  • Does your pet have any medical or behavioral problems? If so, what treatment or training is he receiving?
  • May I visit you and your pet after you move in to see how your pet is adjusting?
  • Who will care for your pet when you are on vacation?

For Cat Owners

  • Has your cat been spayed or neutered?
  • Do you keep your cat indoors?
  • Does your cat use the litter box that you provide?
  • Does your cat wear a collar with visible identification?
  • Is your cat registered with the local animal care and control authority (if required by local law)?

For Dog Owners

  • Has your dog been spayed or neutered?
  • Is your dog licensed and wearing a collar with visible identification?
  • Is your dog housetrained?
  • Do you keep your dog on a leash when you go for walks?
  • How do you clean up your dog’s waste when walking him?
  • Have you and your dog completed a dog training class?
  • How much time does your dog spend alone each day?
  • How often do you treat your dog for fleas and ticks?
  • Has your dog ever bitten anyone?

Adapted with permission from materials originally produced by the Hawaiian Humane Society.

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