COVID-19 has made pets more important than ever. B.C. needs more pet-friendly housing!

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven many of us into our homes, separating us from loved ones and increasing our isolation. It is no surprise that during this unprecedented and stressful time, more and more people are seeking the comfort and companionship of animals.

Even before the pandemic, British Columbia had a severe shortage of pet-friendly housing — COVID-19 has made this crisis even more urgent.

Each year, one in every four pets surrendered to the BC SPCA are given up by their guardians due to a lack of available pet-friendly housing. That means somewhere in the province an animal loses their home roughly every seven hours.

Finding safe, affordable housing that fits one's needs is stressful enough when you don't have to factor in a global health crisis. Imagine, on top of all that, being forced to surrender your beloved companion animal — your family member — because you cannot find a home that will accept them.

Pet owners are often forced to use up more of their monthly budget on housing, since lack of availability makes pet-friendly real estate much more competitive. Owning a pet is an investment, but should not bankrupt a family. Pet ownership should also not be limited to only high-income families since pets offer such important emotional and physical support, either informally or as highly trained therapy and assistance animals.

According to a 2008 poll, an overwhelming majority of B.C. residents support one's right to keep companion animals — a whopping 80% of participants. The government has a responsibility to its people, and the people have spoken: the companion animals of B.C. deserve the right to safe, affordable housing where they can remain with their families for their entire lives!

Sign this petition to voice your support to government and landlords on the need for more pet-friendly housing in B.C.
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