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Finding a dog-friendly vacation rental

There are lots of vacation rental sites out there, so how do you choose among them? The local rental agencies I’ve used in Paris and Rome worked out fine, but didn’t make it easy to tell if a property is pet-friendly (on the other hand, the staff did respond rapidly to e-mail inquiries). Two of the bigger sites, however, do make it easy to identify pet-friendly properties, and they have inventory around the world. A good friend has used VRBO — Vacation Rentals by Owner several times, and is enthusiastic about her experiences, and a travel blogger I trust recommends HomeAway.

For both VRBO and HomeAway, type your chosen destination in the search bar and then, after a comma, the phrase “pet-friendly.” On VRBO, you’ll know that the results are what you want if they all have a green paw icon showing. On Homeaway, you’ll need to click on each property’s “Amenities” button, and then check the “Suitability” entry to confirm that the owner at least considers pets.

3 comments

  • Emily

    Great website with great information! I rent flats in Paris and have used LOGIS a couple of times and they have many dog-friendly listings for long, mid and short term furnished rentals. However, when you actually sign the contract they ask you the specific breed of the dog, so I don’t know if they are ALL dog friendly or just the cute and tiny ones like yours. 🙂

    Keep up the great work,

    Emily and Brogan (the not-so-small-and-fluffy traveling Rottweiler)

  • Thanks so much for your comment! How useful! I’m going to take a look at LOGIS right now — a girl can dream, right?

  • I was just followed on Twitter by Vacation Home Rentals, so of course I looked to see whether you can identify pet-friendly properties on their site — and the answer, glorioski, is yes. Type in the location you’re interested in on the home page. Once you have that list in front of you, click on “More Filters” in the left side-bar, and click on “Pets Allowed.” http://www.vacationhomerentals.com

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