"we’d like to get your blessing"
Pregnant Ghost Bat having an ultrasound at Featherdale Wildlife Park
congrats it’s a bat
[delighted bat noises]
‘There is no real going back. Though I may come to the Shire, it will not seem the same; for I shall not be the same. I am wounded with knife, sting, and tooth, and a long burden. Where shall I find rest?’
Gandalf did not answer.
Hey tumblr! Did you know that if you suffer from depression / anxiety or any other mental illness, you can register your dog as an emotional support animal, making it illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to you? That’s right. No breed restrictions, no weight…
I find it funny how fate conspires against us.
I would have automatically guessed that it’s much easier to find a pet free apartment, than it would be a pet-friendly place.
Mostly because my experience is opposite yours.
When my nephew and sister were living with me, we were homeless for four months because we couldn’t find a place that would take my nephew’s companion dog.
Our local forums were abuzz with nothing but “Absolutely no dogs, especially big dogs.”
As if big dogs make bigger mess, which is actually the complete opposite of reality, it’s the little yappers that destroy things / pee everywhere.
Knowing and working with several of them I can tell you from experience that people with companion animals aren’t the problem with dandery houses.
Despite the way the OP made it seem, it’s not as if having a companion animal gives you a pass to have a pet anywhere you want.
They still don’t have to rent to you, and most likely, they won’t. They’ll just give you a different reason as to why.
And even if they do rent to you, there’s still the monthly pet deposit that goes toward cleaning and replacing carpets / pet damage between tenants.
Also despite what the website says, it’s often not all that easy to register your pet as a companion animal. There’s a fee and the hassle of proving your disability, which, if you’re already on assistance for MH problems you’re probably still reeling from the first time you had to do that.
No, the problem is those assholes who sneak pets into apartments they’ve already rented to avoid the monthly pet deposit. The deposit that’s supposed to pay for replacing the carpet between tenants… The deposit that an unscrupulous landlord might pocket, or upon not receiving it, ignore that process completely.
Those are the asshats that create this problem.
Most people with companion animals rent to pet friendly apartments and / or pay their deposits so it’s never an issue.
You know, I probably should have been more gracious in my original post. I guess I just wanted to say “hey, remember that there are legitimate reasons to need NO PETS just as there are legitimate reasons to need YES PETS, so if you’re going to keep a pet, do it ethically.”
Probably just because I found so many forums and discussions where pages and pages of people refused to comprehend the idea that “pet-free” means anything other than “cruel, unreasonable pet-hater.”
But yeah, honestly keeping a pet in an apartment is fine. Support animals are great. I don’t in any way think it should be difficult for people with companion animals to find nice apartments in the area of their choice. I guess some of this is probably a regional issue.
(Also, sorry you got screwed over in this area. That sucks. Turns out the world should really be a better place in general, I guess.)
Hey tumblr! Did you know that if you suffer from depression / anxiety or any other mental illness, you can register your dog as an emotional support animal, making it illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent to you? That’s right. No breed restrictions, no weight restrictions, no matter what, they are not allowed to refuse.
This includes cats, rabbits, birds, guinea pigs, etc.!! Go here to register your pet as an ESA :~)
Okay, but this is actually a really complicated issue. I remember looking up apartments in my area and finding mostly pet-friendly ones. However, since I’m allergic to pretty much every non-dog animal, I googled “pet free apartments in *my city*” instead.
What did I find? Pages and pages of forums and topics and blog posts about how to get a pet into a pet-free apartment. Oh, I was mad. I have no issue with people feeling entitled to owning a pet and being able to find housing, but feeling entitled to own a pet and also never be denied housing anywhere because of it? That’s like a smoker demanding to be seated in the nonsmoking section. Those people have a right to a smoke-free meal just as much as you have the right to smoke while eating. Yes, even if smoking calms your nerves and settles your stomach. What if you trigger an asthma attack? In a shared housing situation, pets affect other people.
This is probably an unpopular opinion, but I am a fan of having pet-free apartments that are actually…..you know……pet free. All the time, no exceptions. If I move into an apartment, I will have to be 110% sure that no one has ever owned a cat there. Ever. If they have, the dander will be in the carpet, in the furniture, in the walls, etc., and my face will swell up and get all itchy and I will cough and sneeze and need 7,000 tissues, and I will have to move out and get a new apartment. I’m afraid of apartment hunting because so many people want to believe that their love for their puppy overrides regulations. If someone in the room above me decides they need a cat an nobody can stop them, our shared ventilation system will screw me up in hours.
I recognize that this post isn’t trying to be underhanded, and I’m thankful that I don’t have a worse allergy. It’s enough to make me downright miserable, but I’ve never had a dangerous reaction. However, some people have, including people who work in pet-free apartments and are responsible for, like, maintaining the facilities. Those people suddenly can’t come fix your drain if you’ve got a surprise dog.
I mean, I don’t want to minimize the importance of animals, especially as support systems for people who suffer from mental illness. That’s totally legitimate. But this kind of seems to me like getting married and then saying that because my husband is such a significant bolster for my emotional health, we should be allowed to rent one of those one-person-only apartments. Those are still, you know, only for one person? It’s not like we can’t rent an apartment that legally accommodates two people. It’s not like I have to choose between my husband and a house. This would be an issue if there weren’t pet-friendly apartments, but there are. We need both. This link seems like something to pursue if you’re on, say, a college campus or still living with your parents or in some other situation where you literally only have one housing option. I don’t want to make it unreasonably hard for people to own pets. But at the very least, I would encourage anyone who wants a pet exception to actually GO THROUGH YOUR LANDLORD/LANDLADY/WHOEVER AND GET PERMISSION. One, so that you’re not violating your contract. And two, so that when you move out and they have to rent that room to someone else, they’ll be able to let the prospective tenants know that a dog/cat/guinea pig used to wander these halls.
(Fun story: I know a young couple who married last spring. They returned from their honeymoon to the excellent news that they wouldn’t be able to rent their apartment for FOUR MORE MONTHS because someone had brought in an illegal dog and the whole apartment had to be stripped and recarpeted/repainted. These newlyweds lived with the bride’s family for FOUR MONTHS because of this. DO NOT DO THIS TO SOMEONE. CLEAR YOUR PETS.)
The restrictions aren’t just there for the convenience of the management. We like to imagine that it’s all about fighting The Man, who has ruled against adorable animals because they’re a soulless corporation, but it’s also about people who actually need to be able to buy an apartment they can breathe in.