I'm from Long Island as well and would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have regarding rentals and surrounding Cary areas that may fit your needs.
While the rental market is tight, there are homes on the market that do accept dogs and I can send them to you if you'd like. It really depends on what you're looking for as far as price point.
My cell is 919-939-4000 if you would like to contact me.
Keller Williams Realty
First off, thanks for recognizing that Realtors don't make squat serving the rental community (on the tenant side). Most people take that for granted!
The rental market is so hot here, that you literally have to call the listing first to see if any applications were taken on it within the previous 24 hours, then go see it, and, if you like it, complete an application IMMEDIATELY.
I can send you properties to look at, but unless you preview what you like on the same day and complete an application, you probably severely limit your chances of getting what you want.
If you think we can help, let me know. Good luck!
The J. Davison Realty Group
Coldwell Banker Advantage