Pets are allowed to live at SpringWater on a case-by-case basis, and then only with execution of a written pet agreement, and payment of a pet damage deposit for each pet. Click on the "Deposits & Fees" option on the "What it Costs" menu for details about the pet deposit.

Disallowed Pets
The following living creatures are not allowed inside SpringWater under any circumstance, whether or not housemate has a pet agreement: insects, arachnids, ferrets, crocodiles, alligators, camines, snakes, pot-bellied pigs, monkeys, chimpanzees, and any wild undomesticated animal. Vicious breeds (Dobermans, Pit Bulls, and Rotweilers) are not allowed.

Conditional Pets
The following living creatures are only allowed if they are always contained in a lockable cage or glass-sided tank with secured lid (even during cleaning of the primary container), and never allowed to run freely on the floor or furniture: rodents smaller than a typically-sized Guinea Pig.

Guinea Pigs, Hampsters and other typical pets not listed above are acceptable without special conditions.


Maximum Number of Dogs & Cats Allowed
The lease allows a maximum of one (1) dog, one (1) dog and one (1) cat, or two (2) cats. Dogs must be small to medium size, no large breeds.

Pet Behavior
Regardless of whether there is a pet agreement, housemate may not keep a dog at SpringWater that is not already house trained, or a "paper trained" dog that uses a "piddle pad" (or similar device) exclusively.

Dog Guide / Service Animal / Companion Animal
Applicants are required by law to disclose whether they have a trained "dog guide" (guide dog) or "service animal" as defined in RCW 70.84.020 and RCW 70.84.021. Washington State anti-discrimination laws, the Federal Fair Housing Act, and the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA), do NOT define "assistance animals" (therapy, emotional support/companion) as "service animals", however, with a prescription/letter issued by a licensed medical professional and verified with them, "companion animals" will be accepted as if they are a "service animal".

Visiting Pets
Whether or not there is a pet agreement, housemate's visitor's pets are not allowed inside for any reason, or for any length of time.

Additional Pets / Replacing Pet
If there is an animal agreement, that fact alone does not mean that the housemate can add another pet or assistance animal, or replace a pet/assistance animal that has died without permission and signing a new animal agreement (although no new deposit will be required IF the new animal is allowed).

Dog Waste
The homeowner has found that no matter how well intended a housemate is at cleaning up their dog's waste, most stop doing it, therefore, a dog waste clean-up charge is added to the monthly reimbursement for anyone with a dog. Since this charge will not cover an entire month's worth of waste pick-up, the housemate must still make an effort to clean up the waste when they can, or additional charges will be taken from their pet deposit at move-out.

Undeclared Pet
As has happened in the past, IF you show up on move-in day with a pet, but without a signed Pet & Assistance Animal Agreement with the Homeowner (because you supposedly didn't have an animal), you will be required to postpone your move-in for 24-48 hours - without benefit of pro-rated reimbursement, then [1] if the animal is not allowed, you will be asked to find it a new home before you move in, or [2] you will be asked to sign a Pet & Assistance Animal Agreement and pay a deposit prior to move-in as provided for in your lease, or your lease will be voided and your security deposit will be forfeited to the homeowner in-full. If you bring an animal with you without an already signed agreement, at the very least have enough money with you to pay for several nights at an animal-friendly motel.

The Pet & Assistance Animal Agreement will require the payment of the standard animal deposit and a "Undeclared Animal Deposit" (see "Pet Deposit" and "Undeclared Pet Deposit & Fee" topics at "Deposits & Fees" on the "What it Costs" menu). There is also a non-refundable fee for re-doing paperwork. The additional deposit is partly to discourage housemates from trying to hide the fact that they have a pet, and partly because secreting the pet could mean that there may possibly be a higher risk of damage that could be caused by the pet, which the housemate was trying to hide.
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