Dear Paris: I have two chihuahuas both almost nine. I’ve had one since a puppy and the second we adopted three years ago. My landlord just informed us that she’s selling the house and we are having trouble finding a new place that will take dogs. Many landlords don’t want pets. I love them and have been crying every night with the thought if having to give them up. If I had to do dogs adjust? I found a dog rescue that would take them in case. I wanted your advice.
Oh, your email just breaks me heart! Let’s try to find you a dog-friendly apartment! Have you checked sites like ApartmentGuide.com and tried dog-friendly apartment searches? I know it’s tough and can be difficult but one thing in your favor is the size of your dogs. Many more landlords are welcoming of small dogs rather than large dogs.
One thing you can do in advance of looking is to get a letter of recommendation from your current landlord stating that your dogs were good tenants and didn’t disturb neighbors or destroy property. That will be beneficial when you talk with new, potential landlords.
Another idea is to check with local rescue groups and ask them about pet-friendly housing. Many people in the rescue community will do everything they can to keep dogs with their families rather than them going into the rescue system.
In answer to your question, dogs can readjust at all ages. It is difficult because they don’t understand but they can readjust. If the dog rescue you’ve found can possibly keep your two dogs together in a foster home or new home, it will be easier for them to adjust to their new homes.
I hope you’ll be able to find a new home that you and your dogs can share, though! Please check out this article on the Humane Society of the US website with lots of tips on finding a rental home or apartment with pets. They also have an extensive list of both rental sites with pet-friendly searches and a state by state breakdown of apartments that welcome pets; you’ll find that all here.
All the best of luck in your search!! I hope, hope you are able to keep your family together! Paris
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