Dogs are an integral part of our society today. While the benefits arising from dog ownership are widely accepted, proper care of a dog is also time consuming and can be expensive. This paper presents the concept of renting dogs as a substitute for permanent dog ownership and specifically details the business practices of Flexpetz, Inc., a for-profit company that provides such a rental service. Given the possibility of negative physical and emotional effects on the dogs that may flow from being involved in a “renting” business, the paper surveys various anti-cruelty and animal welfare laws (Federal, State, and in the United Kingdom) which, if applicable, would greatly restrain the practice of renting dogs or prohibit it altogether.
5 J. Animal L. 129