Pet Policies

A select number of our homes that welcome one small dog, under 25 pounds  are advertised as “Pet Friendly.” This will be specifically noted on each property’s information page. Any guest found with a pet in a property that is not pet friendly will be required to vacate the premises without a refund. This is strictly enforced.

General Pet Rules:

Guests with one small dog under 25 pounds are asked to please respect the comfort and safety of other guests, both during and after your stay. For this reason, we ask that you please follow these guidelines during your time with us:

  • Please clean up after your dog, both in public areas and in the yard of your rental property.
  • Please do not allow your dog to bark excessively or to roam onto neighboring properties. Many of our homes are located in residential neighborhoods, and we must respect the comfort and privacy of those residents. Complaints may lead to eviction without refund. This will be at the sole discretion of Historic Key West Vacation Rentals

For your own comfort and for the comfort and safety of our homeowners and other guests, there are certain restrictions that must apply to Pet Friendly Properties:

Size, Age, Number of Pets:

  • All pets must comply with the following specifications (documentation from an accredited veterinarian must be provided by Guest upon request)
  • May not exceed 25 lbs and must be pre-approved by Historic Key West Vacation Rentals
  • Must be at least 1 year(s) of age or older.
  • Must be spayed or neutered.
  • Must be up-to-date on rabies vaccinations and all other vaccinations. Heartworm preventive is highly recommended.
  • No Cats Allowed unless specifically requested and approved by the property owner.

The following breeds are not allowed:

  • Pit Bulls-Pit Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, or Miniature Bull Terriers
  • Crossbreeds with American Pit Bull Terriers. No Full Bred or Mixed
  • Rottweiler-No Full or Mixed Akita-Including Japanese and Akita Inu.
  • Bermese-Including Mountain Dog, Berner Sennenhund and Bernese Cattle Dog.
  • Canary Dogs-Including Perro de Presa Canario
  • Chow Chow
  • Doberman
  • German Shepherd
  • Husky-Including American, Eskimo and Greenland (Siberian Okay) Karelian Bear Dog
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback Russo-European Laika-Including Russian Laika and Karelian Bear Laika
  • Wolf Hybrids
  • Any Breed of Guard Dog trained to Attack

The foregoing policies apply to all dogs, pure breeds and mixed breeds. It is our hope that you and your dog have a wonderful time in Key West, and we hope these rules will create a harmonious stay for all our guests!

Please note that if a pet is found to be in a home, but not listed on the reservation, the applicable Pet Fee will be immediately applied for each pet for the entire length of stay, provided the home is pet friendly.

If the home is not pet-friendly, the pet must be removed and special cleaning fees will be applied to the guest credit card on file. If you must leave us as well, no refund for the rental will be given.

Non-Refundable Pet Fee:

A non-refundable “Pet Fee” will apply per each pet ($150 fee plus taxes for Nightly Rentals and a $300 fee plus taxes for Monthly Rentals). This fee is to cover additional cleaning costs and does not cover damage to the interior of the property or its exterior resulting pet damages. These damages include, but are not limited to, chewing, scratching, digging and unreported house training accidents. 

All local laws and regulations must be followed, and may vary depending on the location of your property.

All pets must be leashed at all times in common areas.

Pet must be taken off the property for all potty breaks.

Guest is responsible for cleaning up any/all pet refuse.

Pets are not allowed on furniture at any time. Any evidence of pets on furniture may incur extra cleaning fees and will be charged to your credit card.

All pets are to be treated with a topical flea and tick repellent three (3) days prior to arrival. Fleas and ticks are very rampant in this area and can cause harmful/fatal illness to humans and pets.

Please groom your dog, particularly if it is a breed prone to shedding. Pet hair can be difficult to remove, and the next renter in your property may not have a pet.

Please do your best to clean and dry your dog after a walk; this will help to ensure you will leave the property in good condition without being charged an extra cleaning fee. Please do not allow dogs in swimming pools or hot tubs.

Please trim your dog's nails. As a rule of thumb, a dog’s nails should be trimmed when they just about touch the ground when he or she walks. If your pet’s nails are clicking or getting snagged on the floor, it’s time for a trim. This might mean weekly pedicures.

Pet must not cause damage to premises or furnishings. Please crate your pet if destructive. If damages are caused, the cost of the damage will be charged to your credit card on file.

Guest should prevent pets from producing excessive noise at a level that disturbs neighbors. Pet shall not be left alone if pet is a barker.

Please take your pet with you. Please don’t leave your dog unattended for long periods of time.

Pet is not to be left unattended on the balcony, patio, or porch.

Homeowner and Historic Key West Vacation Rentals assumes no responsibility for illness or injury that may incur to pets or humans while on the premises.

You will be asked to remove your pet from the property and board your pet for the remainder of your stay if your pet becomes disruptive to other guests or neighbors.

It is not only you that must adjust to the temperature change! Bring lots of water with you on walks, watch for the signs of your dog overheating and never, ever, ever leave a dog in the car — even on days that don't seem that warm.

The very pavement beneath your dog's paws could be sizzling hot. And hot pavement can have painful consequences. Key West asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws. If walking your dog on hot pavement is unavoidable, there are things you can do to be prepared, like using special dog booties or dog paw wax designed to protect your dog's sensitive paw pads from the heat.

The Guest shall be solely responsible for the pet while on the property.