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I miss my dog, Kai. He got loose in early March, and I searched and searched. I called every vet withing 20 miles. He's chipped....so I held out hope. I posted in all the "lost and found pets" groups locally. For 3.5 months there was no sighting or word. I eventually began to face the fact that my beloved rescue pet had met some end that I didn't want to think about.

He hates thunderstorms you see. But dogs need to go out. So one night, in the wacky south Louisiana weather.......I took him out in a break in the storm. A quick out if you get my drift. He's part lab, with the extra skin and fur. He zigged and I zagged when there was a clap of thunder. His head was half out of the collar before I could blink. Then another crash of thunder and he was free of the collar. Yes he is normally in full harness for a walk....but I thought a trip to the bush 15 feet from my doorway on a dark and stormy night was safe. I was wrong. He ran off, tail between his legs, scared.

Then I got promoted at work, and an opportunity to move from my little apartment to a nice rental house on the other side of town came up. I had looked at the house before, but it was a lease by private owner and there was a no pets clause. Which is why I had never taken it seriously before. But it did some with an option to purchase, and that's my end goal....to own a home.

So I moved. It had been over 2 months. Despite all the flyers, and calls, and reporting to the local shelters etc.....nothing

3 weeks later....this Tuesday in fact.....I get a call. A local vet had my dog,....he'd be brought in and they scanned the chip. But I can't have him here. I talked to the property owners and they are not budging on the "no pets" clause. Not even with the offer of an extra month of rent upfront and hefty deposit. I even have a little fenced in yard (little by local standards....about 800 sq ft of fenced yard with trees etc.

So I had to formally surrender my pup. I know.....I hate it. And I currently hate myself for moving. In the early stages of grieving a much beloved pet..... I had planned to have the full purchase deposit in a year....and then begin looking for a dog.

But MINE is 15 miles away. Half starved from being loose....likely dehydrated and still terrified. But in once piece. ALIVE. OK.

Do I try to break a lease and move again? If I can find a pet friendly place fast? Do I give up? He has a good month of tests and checks and such ahead of him to be "healthy" again. Or do I let him go? I'm trying to fight the owners and offering an even bigger deposit and another months rent in advance. Essentially $3k cash upfront to them to allow me to have the sweetest and gentlest dog. Never chewed a shoe or furniture. And the fenced yard.....he could play outside during the day.

I'm hoping I can wear the owners down. And hoping that the shelter would let me re-adopt him. Or that I can find a place and move again in time. He went back to the same rescue shelter I adopted him from in the first place.

Sorry for the long post. This feels like losing my son only to now find out there are rules against children living here once he has been found alive somewhere. I feel like the worst dog dag ever.
 

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Oh, man, that's a difficult situation. I don't suppose you have a friend or family member who'd be willing to take Kai in until you own your place?
 

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That's hard. Parus' suggestion of having a friend or family member take temporary custody of Kai is a good one, though.
 

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Oh, man, that's a difficult situation. I don't suppose you have a friend or family member who'd be willing to take Kai in until you own your place?
I have only been here 2 years, and I haven't made may friends. Just "work acquaintances". Kai was my local family.
 

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That's hard. Parus' suggestion of having a friend or family member take temporary custody of Kai is a good one, though.
Kai is my local family.....at least within a 3 hour drive for a distant cousin or so. I moved here for the job in late 2017, and adopted him Feb 3, 2018. Yes I remember the date very well. I walked through the shelter over and over looking at each pup. Kai sat at the kennel gate each time I stopped, and wagged his tail like he knew me and had been waiting for me.

They brought him out for me to meet, and even though he pulled the poor shelter volunteer like crazy.....when he got close i said "sit boy"......and he paused. And sat. Cocked his head and looked at me like "Ok. What's next?"

I mainly work remotely......once or twice a week I have an in-person thing to attend.

I wish I had made more friends.
 

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Break the lease. It'll be less expensive than the extra rent and hefty deposit you are offering. Also, the owners are not moving.......

You may need the cash for the recovery of Kai.

There are always places to rent. Have you checked for open units at your previous place? Or advance your plans to buy a home. Then you don't have to mess with owners.
 

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Break the lease. It'll be less expensive than the extra rent and hefty deposit you are offering. Also, the owners are not moving.......

You may need the cash for the recovery of Kai.

There are always places to rent. Have you checked for open units at your previous place? Or advance your plans to buy a home. Then you don't have to mess with owners.
My attorney friend actually had the same advice. And I'm looking. Dang covid crap gets in the way though.

From the description of him being down about 20 lbs from his ideal weight (which hurts my heart so bad) the ETA on "adoption ready" is 2 months. Provided he didn't get HW or something while he was on walkabout.

Should hopefully be long enough to sort everything and get moved.....again. I am suddenly glad I have procrastinated much of the unpacking and stuff.

The former place is an apartment......no yard, but he loved the long walks along the neighboring golf course. There are a couple of other really nice apartment complexes in BR that allow pets. Including one with 2 onsite dog parks. Nothing huge.....1/8-1/4 acre each but with things to jump and climb and run through. About the size of a soccer field each.

Had an email from the wife of the owner where I currently am today. She and her husband disagree on the pet policy. She is all for pets if they are temperment tested and non-destructive etc. In the 2+ years I had him, Kai passed all the tests to be a certified assistance dog. ALL the tests. (it was a random thing........I had a friend who is a trainer and it got coupled with his training and he was doing so well.....etc)

We'll see.
 

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If you have a little mom and pop style pet supply store there, go meet the owners and tell them your story.
They may know of someone who would care for him for you while you get everything situated. Be sure the shelter knows you want him back.
I ended up in a bad situation and thought I would probably have to give up a dog. Thanks to the owners of our local pet supply store, I found a gal who watched my Aussie for 3 months, no charge even. Now I have a new friend too.
Please let us know how it goes.
 

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Even thought the husband/wife owners disagree. You still have no grounds to bring a pet into that unit. Consider this......say the owners allow you to bring the pet. Later, they change their minds......... you could be up for eviction plus any perceived damages. IMHO, not worth the risk.

Break the lease. Find another place to live which allows pets or push you home purchase ahead.
 

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Still working all the angles. He's still under vet care with having been malnourished for 2 months and dehydrated. HW + now (Omfg!!!!!!!). I see those "don't miss a single dose" warnings are indeed correct. Thankfully VERY early and easier to treat.

I have appointments set up to view multiple places in the next 2 weeks, all pet friendly. The shelter is being cooperative in their way. they will give me 2 weeks exclusive rights to re-adopt after his "clear to adopt" date. After that, it first come first serve.

So all in all I have about 8 weeks. Which is totally doable!!!!!!! A friend loaned me their tax refund for the penalty to break the lease once I find another place.
 

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Typically, when you break a lease the owner will keep the last month's rent and deposit.

You can just walk out forfeiting the last month rent and deposit. There should not be a penalty.

Suggest to review your rental contract and contact your lawyer again on the subject.
 

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Typically, when you break a lease the owner will keep the last month's rent and deposit.

You can just walk out forfeiting the last month rent and deposit. There should not be a penalty.
It varies by state and municipality, but generally speaking, if you have a lease, landlords can continue to charge you for the remaining months the place is left empty, if they can document that they are seeking a qualified tenant. So you can end up on the hook in small claims court for quite a bit of money, if the local market is slow and/or the landlord is tricky. Breaking a lease can also cause a massive hit to your credit rating if your landlord reports it to the credit agencies.

If someone wants out of a lease, it is much better to attempt to negotiate an early termination with the landlord rather than "just walking away." If you do come to an agreement, it is important to get an unambiguous signed lease cancellation in writing in case the landlord pulls shenanigans later.
 

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Ah.....this is true also.

That is why I suggested to "....review your rental contact and contact your lawyer....."
 

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First question: What Happened?

Suggestions - If interested, what do you need to do to discuss the option to buy the house? You don't need to buy it right now, but you might negotiate to pay extra (10%) each month as a pet deposit to be applied to purchasing the house in some number of months or years. ... to be more clearly defined when the CoronaVirus stabilizes next year.

At the same time, go to the shelter and lockdown what you need to get the dog back.

In today's environment, I think finding a rental house or apartment that accepts pets shouldn't be difficult. You might consider talking with a real estate agent, also mentioning the desire to lease to buy.
 
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