Call for rentals to accept pets
MORE Tweed rental homes should be open to families with cats and dogs, according to Friends of the Pound.
Devoted Murwillumbah member Yvette Brown, who is currently fostering six dogs for the group, said one of the main reasons people had to surrender their pets was because their living situation no longer allowed them.
“There should be more rental homes that are open to accommodating pets,” Mrs Brown said.
“Most of the time it’s a change in someone’s living arrangement that sees them surrender their pets to us. There should be references for dogs to make sure they are okay (as tenants).”
Mrs Brown has been a Friends of the Pound member for four years.
She has fostered 22 dogs and 18 kittens and cats this year alone.
“Fostering is good for people not settled in one spot but who want a temporary pet to care for,” she said.
“I’m lucky I can care for a few more where I am.”
Friends of the Pound president Narelle Shallcross said the lack of pet-friendly rental properties was an ongoing problem.
“We have to take in a dog in the next week from a family that have been renting for eight years, but the house has been sold and now they can’t find rental accommodation that will take an animal,” Ms Shallcross said.
“It’s an 11-year-old dog. They got it out of the pound when it was three.
“They have to give her up and they’re just devastated, but they just can’t find the proper rental accommodation.”
Ms Shallcross said property owners should be more considerate to the needs of families with pets.
“I think they should just be a little more caring,” she said.
“Most dogs are well behaved, but it’s one of those things that happen across the board. It doesn’t matter if it’s quiet and 11 years old or not.
“It doesn’t make a difference.”
Ms Shallcross suggested property managers should look at prospective renters with pets on an individual basis to see if the pets were acceptable.
To adopt a FOP pet call (02) 6679 3190