How To Find Airbnb Pet Friendly Listings

How To Find Airbnb Pet Friendly Listings

Are you a pet owner who wants to take a trip but can't leave your furry friend behind? If you are, Airbnb might be the perfect solution for you! 

Airbnb allows people to find rooms and houses to rent for short periods of time, and many of these properties allow pets. So, whether you're looking for a place to stay during your summer vacation or just need a temporary place for you and your pet while you're out of town, Airbnb has got you covered. Keep reading to learn how to find pet friendly airbnbs!

What Is Airbnb?

A cat yawning

Airbnb is an online marketplace that connects people who need a place to stay with others who need to rent out extra space. Airbnb allows for whole-house rentals, private rooms, shared rooms, and even experiences.

What Is Airbnb's Pet Policy?

A dog hiding between its owners legs

The pet policy for Airbnb states that pets are allowed in certain listings if the hosts have indicated that they do. One reason why a host might not allow pets is because of allergies. 

Others dislike cleaning, and many simply don't because Airbnb does not cover pet damage. Every Airbnb host must evaluate whether or not to make their home pet-friendly since they will either gain or lose guests as a result.

There are some things you should keep in mind when considering bringing your own pets with you on vacation:

  • Pet owners will be charged a pet fee, which is usually around $50 - $100 per night. (Pet costs might cover cleaning expenses or serve as "pet insurance" for injuries or wear and tear.)

  • Some hosts may require that you sign a pet addendum.

  • You might be responsible for any damage your pet may cause to the rental property.

  • If you have a service animal, you won't need to pay a fee.

Pet Policy Violations

A cat snuggling a dog

If you violate the pet policy, you may be subject to a fee that may be charged separately or deducted from your pet deposit. 

Additionally, your account may be suspended or canceled, and you will not be eligible for a refund. If your pet is disruptive or causes damage to the rental property, the host has the right to ask you to leave, and they may also charge you for any damages caused by your pet.

Finding An Airbnb That Hosts Pets

Two kittens lying down

Now that you know the Airbnb pet policy and what to keep in mind, let's look at how to find an Airbnb that hosts pets:

Go to the Airbnb website on airbnb and create an account. 

 Airbnb's website

Click on the "Search" tab and enter your travel destination and dates. 

Airbnb's website

Then click on the "Guests" button and select the number of pets that will accompany you on your journey. The maximum number of pets allowed is 5. Once done, click save.  

Airbnb's website

After this, a new page will pop up with all listings that allow pets. Next, you can start looking through the listings to find the perfect place for you and your pet. 

Airbnb's website
Make sure to read the description and house rules section carefully to know what amenities/pet supplies are included and what the check-in and check-out times are. 

Airbnb's website
You will also want to look at the photos to get an idea of what the property looks like. Once you have found a listing that you're interested in, contact the host to ask any questions that you may have. Some hosts offer suggestions for where to buy pet food and necessities, as well as referrals for dog parks, pet sitters, and veterinarians.

Airbnb's website
Note: Airbnb recommends that you book your stay as soon as possible so that the host can confirm your reservation.

Things To Consider

A woman holding her pup

When choosing an Airbnb that allows pets, you should keep a few things in mind. First, consider the size of your pet and whether or not they will be comfortable in the space. You will also want to think about whether or not your pet will be able to handle being in a new place. If your pet is shy or anxious, it may be better to leave them at home.

In addition, you will want to make sure that the property is safe for your pet. For example, if you have a dog, you will want to ensure a fence around the property. You will also want to check to see if there are any poisonous plants on the property. 

Ensure that you are comfortable with the pet policy. Remember, you are responsible for your pet and any damage they may cause.

A woman holding her puppy

When looking for a pet-friendly Airbnb, keep in mind that some hosts may have rules about pets. For example, the host may require that your pet is potty trained, or they may have a weight limit for pets. They may also require that you keep your pet on a leash at all times. Be sure to read the listing carefully to know what the host's requirements are.

Also, Airbnb's pet policy varies from country to country. Pets are not allowed in certain countries, such as Japan and India. If you're traveling to a country where pets are not allowed, you must make other arrangements for your pet.

Does Airbnb Allow Emotional Support Animals or Service Animals?

A dog and a cat sitting on a couch

Yes, Airbnb does allow emotional support animals and service animals. However, there are some restrictions. Service animals must be trained to perform a specific task. Emotional support animals do not need to be trained, and they can provide companionship.

If you have a service animal, you do not need to pay a pet fee. However, you will need to provide documentation from a doctor or licensed mental health professional. This documentation must state that you have a disability and that your animal provides assistance for your disability.

If you have an emotional support animal, you may be required to pay a pet fee. You may also need to provide documentation from a doctor or licensed mental health professional. 

How To Find A Dog-Friendly Airbnb

A man sitting down with his dog

Pet-friendly hosts who welcome dogs may impose restrictions on individual actions and/or breeds. Some hosts refuse to accept breeds with a reputation for shedding excessively or that are recognized to be highly energetic. 

Some may refuse to take a gender because it might create a territorial conflict between their pet and another animal. Size (usually owing to constraints) is one of the most common reasons why landlords prohibit dogs.

Hosts may include specific pet rules for your dogs, including:

  • Weight limits

  • Potty training

  • Leash rules

  • No Barking

  • Age (at least one-year-old)

  • Mattress protection

  • Etiquette around other guests

  • Breed restrictions

  • Should be leashed outside private areas

  • Must not be left alone (or must be kept in a kennel)

  • Dogs are not permitted on the guest bed (a dog bed is sometimes provided).

  • Dog owner cleans up after dog outside (waste bags sometimes available)

  • You must use a mattress cover on your bed (protectors are sometimes provided).

Be sure to read the listing carefully to know what the host's requirements are. 

You may incur additional fees from your host if your dog causes damage. Prior to check-in, some hosts charge a dog fee or a deposit. Some houses provide amenities such as a dog blanket that can make your pet's stay more pleasant.

Service dogs will not be denied entrance to a home, according to Airbnb's rules. However, it is vital to contact prospective hosts ahead of time to ensure that the accommodation is suitable for you, your dog, and your host.

Finally, remember that you are responsible for your dog while staying at an Airbnb. This means that you will need to pick up after them and ensure that they are not disruptive to other guests.

How To Find An Airbnb That Allows Cats

A woman sitting on a bed with her cat

The most common pets among Airbnb guests are dogs, with cats coming in a distant second. As a result, when an Airbnb host establishes a pet policy, it is generally aimed at dog owners.

Hosts may also provide certain rules for your cat, including, but not limited to, requiring that the cat be kept indoors at all times or have certain vaccinations. 

As always, make sure to read the listing description carefully before booking to be aware of any pet restrictions. By following these steps, you can easily find a pet friendly listing that allows cats! Also, keep in mind that more people are allergic to cats than dogs.

Why It's A Bad Idea To Sneak In Your Pet

A cat standing on a shelf next to a dog

Some people choose to sneak their pets into their Airbnb rental, even if the host doesn't allow animals. This is not a good idea for several reasons. First, you could get caught and be asked to leave. Second, you may damage the property or disturb other guests if your pet is not well-behaved. Finally, you will likely have to pay a pet fee if you are caught. It's just not worth it to sneak your pet into an Airbnb rental.


Two cats laying on a bed

If you're looking for an Airbnb that allows pets, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. First, check the Airbnb pet policy to see if your destination country allows pets. Second, read the listing carefully to see what the host's requirements are. Finally, remember that you are responsible for your pet while staying at an Airbnb. If you follow these tips, you'll definitely find a pet-friendly accommodation that suits you and your pet!

Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.