I would call and ask!! There's nothing weird about that.
I came back to this thread again with my hand over my eyes, haha.
I also kicked around posting my view of things with landlords...I am an owner/landlord for some apt complexes but I'm a small private business, not a huge company where someone calls and talks to a manager or receptionist. They talk to me or hubs. A manager or person who is not the owner is following rules they have to abide by.
With that said....
I don't allow pets in my apts. When a person asks about a pet, I immediately say no. The person will then continue on telling me about the animal anyway but if they don't (they do!) I would ask- just for curiosity after saying "no".
IF I really, really have a good feeling for the person, approve of the small animal and
one particular apt happens to be open, I will then offer a negotiation.
If someone has a small animal, are really responsible and clean with it and want to keep it bad enough and have the means...it's a shot to look into a smaller rental company where you can negotiate with the owner directly. I know others that *do not take pets* but will also make exceptions occasionally with a rental unit they feel maybe isn't as nice as the other units and/or the person is willing to pay a small pet fee.
The problem with pets, and I know this from first hand experience unfortunately, is that one pet such as a cat or dog, can completely destroy a brand new unit and when that happens we will be out the repair money. People who care enough to compensate for the damage wouldn't have let it happen to begin with. :/
1000's of dollars in carpet, wall trim, heater/vents/AC's, etc.
I am so hoping this bun got adopted, that makes my heart happy.