Pets at the Captain Morse House

We generally advise against bringing animals into the house as they can bring in ticks and sand fleas. That’s not mentioning the possibility of your animal being sprayed by a skunk.

Recently we have had guests show up a the house with a pet that they claim is an emotional support animal. For the safety and comfort of ALL of our guests we do not allow any animals at the house. There are many (2,000 plus) vacation rentals on Martha’s Vineyard. Please find accommodations elsewhere.

We are sure that your pets will be more comfortable at home with a pet sitter or in a quality kennel. If you really can’t live without them accompanying you on your trip there are local kennels available however your pet is not allowed on the premises during your visit.

Our previous pet policy that has applied in special circumstances while booked at the same time as the lease. For example when we have had to make an exception for a small animal that is part of a wedding celebration.

  • $500 in additional rent
  • $2,000 additional security deposit
  • Pets cannot be left unattended in the house.
  • Pets must be crated in the evening from 10pm to 7am
  • A receipt provided by fax to 888-675-3294 or by email showing that a dog has been professionally groomed and nails clipped within one week of the visit to the house.

Consider your pet’s health before you bring them with you to the island. 

Airbnb (and other 3rd Party Bookings) Policy and Service / Emotional Support Animals

According to AirBNB Policy
“Guests are not required to disclose the presence of an assistance animal before booking”
Our response: The presence of a animal at the residence shall be considered a violation of the lease and security deposit shall be forfeit.

“Airbnb’s Nondiscrimination Policy, hosts cannot charge extra fees to guests with an assistance animal.” See above.

“Airbnb recognizes that some jurisdictions may require prohibitions on all animals, including assistance animals, and we do not require hosts to violate local laws or take actions that may subject them to legal liability.”
Landlord considers the presence of an animal a potential legal liability. Allergies are common amongst our renters. Ticks and Fleas are prevalent on Martha’s Vineyard and we cannot have the liability of allowing animals to bring them in on their fur.

Following is Airbnb statement NOT allowing landlord to inquire about a animal. Landlord will not ask these questions.

Is it okay to request documentation for an assistance animal?

Airbnb does not require documentation when traveling with an assistance animal. In the United States, guests are not required to provide documentation for a service animal and there is no legally recognized certification process for service animals. Where a guest indicates that he/she has a service animal, a host may ask:

  1. Whether the assistance animal is required because of a disability
  2. What work or task the animal has been trained to perform