Think you can’t have a pet and be a traveling nurse? Think again.
The staff at Freedom Healthcare Staffing represent, collectively, the biggest group of animal lovers in the industry. Obviously, that is an unproven fact, but it is hard to imagine a group more devoted to our furry friends. And, traveling with them is just one of many benefits of travel nursing. The following questions are a compendium of issues brought up frequently by both new and experienced Travelers about traveling with pets. Get the answers you need today!
Should I travel with my pet?
The answer to this question depends on what is best for you and your pet. Traveling medical jobs can be a whole new experience, and our pets are part of our family. They are a wonderful companion when traveling by yourself, and help deal with the occasional loneliness of traveling to a new town when not knowing someone. You will also have the peace of mind of knowing you are taking care of your pet. If the pros are a resounding “yes” – bring your furry child along. Just remember, it won’t be long until you do make friends and are exploring that new town or socializing with new people. You need to determine if your pet will deal well in your new environment – especially when you are not home.
How does company provided housing work when traveling with a pet?
While traveling with pets our housing department will do its best to find suitable housing to accommodate you and your pet. Some properties require an additional amount per month to accommodate “pet rent”. Often, an additional “pet deposit” is required. Any additional cost is the Nurse Traveler’s financial responsibility. Sometimes the “pet deposit” is refundable, other times it is not. This is based on the requirement of the housing property. Just like any dependent, you are responsible for any damage your “fur baby” may incur. As much as we all love Fluffy, clawing the side of a sofa off or Rover chewing the legs off a table will create a problem with most landlords. You need to assess if your pet has the temperament to deal with a new environment without being destructive. Many experienced Travelers have dealt with these issues and often opt to take the housing stipend on their assignment so they can obtain the housing that is most suitable for themselves and their pet.
Does the size of breed of my dog impact my housing?
The honest answer to this is maybe. Unfortunately, some cities have chosen, most often unfairly, to restrict certain breeds of dogs. Some landlords do have size restrictions in renting. The best thing to do is tell your Recruiter up front about your pet. Sharing with your Recruiter that you travel with three cats or a 150-pound dog is important information to have up front when deciding what traveling nurse jobs you want to explore. For example, there are some cities, like Denver, that are particularly welcoming to dogs, others are not. Again, advance conversation with your Recruiter is the key to a successful placement.
How can I be proactive in this situation?
We have placed Travelers with pets that have left their temporary dwellings impeccable. If you have a good track record with a landlord, whether you have chosen company provided housing or to take the stipend, make sure you get a letter of recommendation from the property manager. A good track record will go a long way in presenting your case that you are a responsible pet owner. This, of course, is not a necessary step, but often a great one to do when considering traveling with pets.
What about pet sitters?
Traveling with pets requires a lot of considerations. If you do decide to travel with your pets, don’t forget that there are many cities that offer pet sitters or services like doggie daycare to assist while you are at work. The cost of these services will be your responsibility but may give you some additional peace of mind while you are working and enjoying your new city.