I recently got a job in Santa Barbara, and I’m super stoked to move out of my Orange County digs and into Santa Barbara life. But renting with a dog is almost impossible there. So many great places but all say “no pets” or “cats only”- no dogs considered.

Landlords put a lot into their units, I get that, but I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life. Everywhere you go in town, dogs are allowed, even in the restaurants and bars. Every store has a dog-bowl of water outside and treats for the pups when you go inside. Even this paper lists favorite adoptable dogs. But where do all these dogs live? Is dog-owning in Santa Barbara only for the wealthier peeps who can afford to buy their house and not rent?

Out of over 450 listings I found four that allowed dogs. Of those four, I didn’t like a one of them. They were either run down or ridiculously small (200 square feet). I have only been looking for three weeks, but I think this is buzz-worthy.


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