Want to Rent an Apartment? Don't Forget Your Pet's Resume

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When you go apartment hunting, don't forget to bring a resume -- for your pet.That's right, some landlords in tight housing markets such as San Francisco are requiring potential tenants to submit a resume for Fido or Fluffy.
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And they're not joking, as Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan found out the hard way. SFGate reports that the couple missed out on a Bay Area apartment after they delivered a tongue-in-cheek resume for their 5-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback, Stella. Stella's college: DePaw University, grades K through 9. Stella's job: working as a dog year-round. That kinda thing.

The landlord had the last laugh and rented the apartment to somebody else. The official reason: The couple's vehicle was five inches taller than the garage stall.

Maybe, but landlords are not known for their senses of humor. And pet resumes are a real thing, an opportunity to tell potential landlords about "your companion animal's best qualities and examples of your responsibility as a pet owner," says the website for the Santa Cruz chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which has sample dog and cat resumes.

Here are some areas the resume should cover, according to the SPCA.
  • Pet's age, activity level and any traits that would make the pet a good tenant.
  • Mention obedience or any other special training.
  • If your dog is an active breed, point out how you'll fulfill his exercise needs. If your pet sleeps all day, point that out, too.
  • Discuss how you keep your pet flea-free.
  • Show proof that your animal is up-to-date on vaccinations, and mention if the animal is neutered, which benefits behavior.
  • Describe pet arrangements when you're at work or on vacation.
  • Attach reference letters from current and past landlords, groomers, neighbors and trainers.
  • Include a picture.
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