Australians love our pets. We have one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world with 62% of Aussies having pets. Many see their pets not just as companions, but as treasured members of the family.
So, imagine having to move house but not being allowed to take your beloved pet to your new home. Having to abandon the family pet in order to have a place to live should not be a choice that anyone has to make. But this is a heartbreaking reality for many South Australians.
According to the RSPCA SA, “Each year hundreds of families are forced to surrender loved pets to animal welfare and rescue organisations simply because owners cannot find pet-friendly rental accommodation.”
Surely, as a compassionate society, we can do better than this.
The Victorian Parliament passed new laws in September 2018 to allow pets in rental properties, except in exceptional circumstances. The Greens want to see similar laws passed in South Australia.
Let's make pets more welcome in SA!
We, residents of South Australia, call on the SA Parliament to support laws that make pets welcome in rental properties.