Australia is home to 29 million pets with two thirds of households experiencing the joys and health benefits of having a companion animal. Yet, less than 10 per cent of rental properties are advertised as pet friendly, contributing to thousands of animals being surrendered every year.
But now the Rent with Pets program, an initiative of Companion Animal Network – Australia (CANA) is set to change the ‘status paw’ on rental laws to allow more renters to experience the joy of the human-animal bond and prevent beloved pets from becoming homeless.
“The Rent with Pets program aims to increase awareness around the surrender of pets to shelters due to difficulty finding pet-friendly rental properties, and how we can all help to stop this,” CANA national executive Trish Ennis said.
“We want to work toward better rental laws in each state to support responsible pet owners and create a national law similar to what Victoria brought in this year.
“The Rent with Pets program aims to change attitudes towards pets and renting and increase awareness about responsible pet ownership and landlord/ property managers’ understanding of the opportunities the responsible pet owner can bring to a rental property.”