How to build a great pet resume

Help a prospective landlord get to know your furry friend

A pet resume is an excellent way to share information about your pet in a fun and friendly way. It should summarise your animal's best qualities and include examples of your responsibility as a pet owner.

Importantly, a pet resume could help you overcome any prejudices that a landlord may have about pets.

What is a pet resume?

A pet resume is a responsible pet owner's most powerful tool when applying for rental properties. Pet resumes provide an opportunity to present potential landlords and property managers with a summary of your animal's best qualities and examples of your responsibility as a pet owner. Pet resumes may help you overcome any prejudices or previous negative experiences that a landlord may have about pets.

Your pet resume could include a description of characteristics of your pets that make them good neighbours, how you keep your pets free of infectious disease and parasites, and how you take care of wastes from your pets.

What can I include in a pet resume?

  • Description of your pets breed, age, activity level, and temperament
  • Characteristics that make your pets suitable for city living
  • Something special about your pets' personalities
  • Examples of your pets' good behaviour
  • Obedience training, include certificates if available
  • Flea and external parasite prevention
  • Intestinal parasite prevention
  • How pet urine and faeces are cleaned up and disposed of
  • Whether your cats use scratching posts or mats
  • Where your pets will be kept on the property
  • Vaccination status
  • Desexing status
  • References from your veterinarian and pet trainer
  • References from previous landlords and/or neighbours
  • Microchip and registration
  • Pet insurance or health insurance
  • Beautiful photos of your pets
  • Arrangements for taking care of your pets when you are at work or out of town
  • If you have multiple animals describe how well they get along, and how they keep each other company when you're not home
  • Work experience in the veterinary industry, pet care, pet training, animal rescue, animal protection societies

Sample pet resume

Use our Word or PDF templates and the sample resume below to build a description of your own pet’s characteristics and the way you intend to make sure they’ll be the best possible resident.

Screenshot of sample pet resume
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