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A Web Site With Résumés For Renters With Pets

Posted by Mark Smith on October 31, 1999 at 10:37:23:

From the Real Estate section of The New York Times, Sunday, October 31st:

A Web Site With Résumés For Renters With Pets

It happens too often to people on the move, say officials of the Humane Society of the United States: that beautiful, affordable apartment across town or across the country would be just right for the family   —   except for that "No Pets Allowed" clause in the lease.

To bridge the gap between reluctant landlords and animal lovers, the Humane Society has created a Web site that addresses the needs and concerns of both parties.

The Web site points out how building owners can make a profit by adopting an effective pet policy and lists recommendations to help them choose responsible pet owners. It also offers a sample lease and pet registration forms.

For the pet owner, it provides guidelines for finding the right apartment. And it even offers samples of a written résumé for the pet and for a recommendation from a veterinarian or the previous landlord.

It might seem a bit humorous, except for the consequences for thousands of animals that are destroyed each year. "Cat and dog owners who relinquish their pets to animal shelters often report that they are moving," said Nancy Peterson, an official of the Humane Society, based in Washington, D.C. The Web site address is

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