The SPCA claims the shortage of pet-friendly leases is likely one of the commonest causes folks have to surrender their pets and take them to shelters.
New Zealand has one of many highest charges of pet possession on the earth and Kiwis overwhelmingly take into account their pets a part of the household, based on the SPCA.
Nevertheless, 33 % of New Zealanders who don’t at the moment personal a companion animal and would love one, mentioned they may not as a result of their landlord didn’t enable them.
Simply final week, an SPCA in Auckland claimed they have been encountering a backlog of cats needing rehoming as a consequence of successive COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and the longer-than-usual kitten season.
Greater than 400 stray cats are at the moment ready to be accepted right into a south Auckland centre for essential veterinary care that features de-sexing, deworming, vaccination and flea remedies – earlier than they will doubtlessly be fostered or put up for adoption.
SPCA Auckland claims the backlog of cats is the worst workers have ever seen they usually merely haven’t got the assets to supply a rehoming service.
With homeownership turning into extra of a wrestle for a lot of annually, the SPCA believes modifications to folks’s circumstances can power households into the heartbreaking determination to rehome their much-loved pet.
New Zealand Property Traders Federation CEO Sharon Cullwick mentioned whereas she permits all of her tenants to have cats and canine, it’s a dialogue between the renter and the owner.
Nevertheless Auckland renter Emma Adams was advised by her landlord that she couldn’t undertake a stray cat regardless of her rental promoting that they often enable tenants to have the animal.
Adams mentioned she was given no probability for dialogue regardless of the backlog of stray cats round Auckland.
“It saddens me as a result of we’ve the privilege of a heat and loving residence that we might present to an animal in want, and to have that waved in entrance of your face with the likelihood to have an animal after which get it rejected is upsetting.”