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Ask a Travel Nurse: What travel RN companies provide pet friendly housing?


travel nurse with her large dogAsk a Travel Nurse Question:

Hi there. I am a L&D nurse that has traveled on several assignments through the years, but I haven’t traveled in the last three years. Every assignment I went on previously had either a rental house or an apartment, which is necessary not just ideal for the doberman and cane corso that travel with me. I’m now looking to travel again and there is no shortage of L&D positions available around the country. However, most of the places are pushing extended stay housing. Is this a new trend or am I looking at the wrong companies? The company I used in the past is based solely in CA, and I want to travel to a compact state this go around. Are there any companies around that are pet friendly and provide housing that is not an extended stay? Joy

Ask a Travel Nurse Answer:

I’m not sure with which companies you are traveling, but it has been my experience that a lot of the smaller companies or those that have not been in business very long opt for extended stay housing. All of my assignments have been with larger companies and have included a one bedroom apartment; however, I do not have any pets with which I must contend.

If you are looking for “pet friendly companies”, it would be my opinion that they are ALL pet friendly or they are not companies of mine. What I mean to say is that if you tell a company that you need pet friendly housing and they cannot accommodate you, tell them you will be traveling with another company based solely on that. I bet many of them will change their tune, and if not, they just won’t be one with which you will have to associate anymore.

What you are asking is really not something out of the ordinary. However, you are also not talking about taking along a few Chihuahuas either. The size of your dogs may present a challenge for housing coordinators, but if you make this known up front, your recruiter should be able to coordinate with housing to see if a potential assignment will have the type of place you need. Just make sure that you have it put into your contract that your acceptance is conditional upon your company finding suitable housing for you and your pets.

You can also help things along by letting housing know you will work with them if it becomes a financial issue. If your company said, “We have a place, but it’s about $100 extra each month”. If you went back and said, “fine, secure the place and I’ll give up my $300 travel money to cover it”, then it will show that you are willing to work with them to secure housing that suits your needs. It’s often not that companies CAN’T find you a place, it’s just that someone may not be willing to spend the time trying.

You can also try on your own. I have found housing in some locations and then called my company’s housing department and said, “I wanna stay here. See if you can get me a lease”. It never hurts to present options to them. The worst they can say is no and even then, maybe something can be worked out if everyone is willing to discuss all possible options.

If you are not with these type of companies, I have a few people I might be able to send you to if you like. I work with a few recruiters at different companies, and if you are not already with them, I could forward your name to them and see what they can work out for you. If you’d like to try this route, let me know all the companies you are currently on file with and how many other companies you’d like me to indroduce you to.

I hope this helps and if you would like assistance with companies, you can email me personally, with the info I mentioned, at

About the Author:

Hello everyone. I’m a travel nurse originally from Ohio who graduated in 1993 from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in Columbus. I completed a critical care fellowship at Riverside Methodist Hospital in 1994 and started traveling in that specialty a year later. My first travel assignment was in Maui and since that time I have completed close to 40 different contracts in various states with multiple travel companies. I am the author of Travel Nurse’s Bible (A Guide to Everything on Travel Nursing), in addition to my writings here and in the pages of Travel Nursing publications such as Healthcare Traveler Magazine and American Nurse Today. I am presently on assignment in Phoenix, AZ and travel anywhere from six to eleven months of the year.

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  1. Barbara says:

    I understand the sentiment exactly. I am not a travel nurse, but I do a lot of nurse consulting all around my state. I am often in hotels and on the road driving 2-3 hours to get to a location and work as an expert witness. I have 2 dogs which I leave with a pet sitter. At first I felt guilty leaving them so much, but now they have another playmate besides me to love and I think it’s good for them.

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