Pet rentals keeps shelters empty for Easter

Pet rentals keeps shelters empty for Easter

OREM, Utah – An Orem man has found a way to bring animals closer to home.

Dan Bowman started out in sociology, but his family’s passion for pets took over.

“We do love animals,” he said.

Bowman started Creature Comfort Pet Rentals with his wife to allow people to interact with different animals before they decide whether to adopt them. Creature Comfort Pet Rentals started with a hedgehog and sugar glider and have now expanded to include miniature pigs and rabbits.

“Usually on one of my rentals, after a couple hours, people either can usually decide ‘Okay, this is the animal for me’ or ‘I could never own this animal’ and that’s a good thing, that’s what we want,” Bowman said.

Bowman said many parents buy animals for specific holidays like rabbits for Easter.

“It doesn’t take people long to sometimes regret that decision,” Bowman said. “We give people this experience to have fun with the rabbit and have almost none of the burden.”

Parents who rent never even have to leave their house – Bowman delivers.

“One of my favorite parts about this is seeing both the kids’ and the parents’ faces light up. It’s just not something you see all the time. In this rare case I think everybody has a ton of fun,” Bowman said.

But renting out animals is far from simple – getting permits is challenging.

“It’s been difficult in Utah. Utah has a lot of very strict animal policies,” Bowman said.

Bowman said his company works very closely with the United States Department of Agriculture in order to meet regulations.

“You definitely have to demonstrate to them that you can properly handle these animals and take care of them,” he said.

Bowman also said he plans to expand in upcoming months and bring more animals to loving homes.

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