I hope you’re having a pawesome week!
I wanted to share with you today a little story:
Recently me and the rest of the DOGTV team have moved to San Francisco. One of the reasons we chose San Francisco as our headquarters is because we learned, during the past few years, that it is extremely dog friendly. It even topped Animal Planet’s top 10 list of dog friendly cities! “San Francisco is not only one of America’s best-loved tourist destinations – it’s also a great getaway destination for dogs and their human companions” according to Animal Planet in their Top 10 Pet-Friendly Destinations guide.
So all is great? well, not quite. Arriving in SF, I was really surprise to learn how difficult it is to find an apartment, which allows dogs in it. My wife and myself have seen so many beautiful apartments, which we both loved – but non of them allowed dogs.
Rental search website Lovely reports that just 17 percent of the rental apartments on their site specifically indicate that dogs are accepted, compared with 40 percent in Los Angeles and 48 percent in Chicago. When you look at other cities and metros across the United States, San Francisco is on the extreme low end in terms of listings that allow pets,” says Lovely co-founder Blake Pierson. “Which is odd, because you see so many pets in San Francisco. It’s such an outdoorsy area. You wonder where all these pets live.”
This situation is both sad an annoying. I guess wherever demand exceeds supply there is an opportunity for landlords to charge more money, ask for crazy guarantees – and refuse pets. Dogs cause enormous damages, they say, and strictly ban pets in their apartments.
And we? all we really wanted was a small chihuahua…Maybe in the next apartment 🙁
What do you think? Do you find it easy to find an apartment for you and your pooch? Do you have any tips for me? Please, share in the comments!
Have a nice week,