Pet Friendly Housing in Fort Collins

Pet deposits, pet rent, and restrictions on species, size, and breed- finding pet friendly housing is a headache for pet owners.

I rented for years with my cats, rabbits, and iguanas, struggling to find affordable housing that didn’t nickel-and-dime renters, and let me assure you none of my pets caused property damage and I always received a full refund of any refundable deposits, but even as a responsible pet owner, finding pet friendly housing was a challenge.

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Fort Collins Pet Friendly Housing

A friend of mine recently asked me if I knew of any pet friendly housing in Fort Collins, as her and her husband are moving here from out-of-state. What a great topic for a blog post, I thought to myself! I mean, ummmm…., what a great opportunity to help my friend find affordable pet friendly housing!

As it turns out Larimer Humane Society has done most of the work for me! They have a fantastic resource page listing pet friendly apartments and pet friendly property management companies in the area! Huzzah, Larimer Humane Society!

So what’s the deal with breed restrictions?

I’m going to take the topic a step further because pets are close to my heart. Perusing the list of pet friendly housing I noticed a disturbing trend- breed restrictions. I couldn’t find one single property that didn’t have some kind of breed restriction! Not one property- yikes! :(

Restricted breeds, and restricted mixed breeds, make up a large number of dogs in our community. Of the dogs currently available for adoption through Larimer Humane Society, 12% are breeds commonly restricted. 30% of the dogs currently available for adoption through Animal House Rescue and Grooming are likely classified as breeds commonly restricted. (I say “likely” due to the fact that identifying breed of a mixed breed dog is difficult, even for experts, and always highly subjective.)

Dog breeds, and mixed breeds dogs including any of these breeds, that are commonly restricted include:

Alaskan Malamute
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Chow Chow
Doberman Pinscher
German Shepherd
Presa Canario
Siberian Husky
Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Let me take a moment to make this very important point- “pit bull” is not a breed. The term “pit bull” is a slang term that may include the American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier, or ANY dog that is short-haired, or medium-sized, or has a square head, or a wide chest, or any number of other physical characteristics.

Other options for pet owners

So let’s say your furry friend is one of those restricted breeds- what’s a renter to do?! The good people at BAD RAP have a list of helpful tips for renters with commonly restricted dogs.

Even following BAD RAP’s awesome tips, renting with a commonly restricted breed causes loving pet owners even more headaches and often results in these types of dogs being surrendered at the shelter. For those of you working to keep your dogs while renting- kudos to you!

For my part, I’m more grateful than ever to be a homeowner. I take back all my laments about home ownership, at least for today.

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  • Mary Allen

    Going through this right now. It’s been one of the worst issues I’ve had to deal with. Can’t wait until next year when we buy a house. Until then it’s back to begging every owner I can find in Fort Collins to rent to us! My goal in life is to offer breed friendly housing.

  • Katrina Pfannkuch

    It can be really frustrating, absolutely! Trying to make sure you have a good relationship with the rental owner can go a long way, so you are definitely on the right track. Dealing with HOA’s can also pose another challenge; my neighborhood just recently started allowing dogs. Keep up the good search and best of luck!

  • Teryll

    I’m looking to move to loveland area and need a place to rent for a couple months till my house sells here. I have 2 breed restricted dogs…. can someone pleaase help me out. thank you in advance. My job needs me start in 4 weeks.