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Every summer, around moving day, thousands of Quebec residents are forced to make the gut-wrenching decision to part with a beloved pet, whom they consider a member of their family, in order to secure affordable rental housing. Indeed, by the Régie du logement’s own estimate, only 3% of landlords accept tenants with dogs. This disproportionately affects low-income families, who have more limited opportunities for housing.
The situation is devastating, not only to the families who find themselves unable to keep their pets, but for the animals themselves. In the months surrounding moving day, the number of animals abandoned at the Montreal SPCA nearly triples, from around 600 a month to approximately 1600.
Faced with a similar problem, the Ontario government responded by enacting legislation invalidating no-pet clauses in leases in the 1990’s. The Montreal SPCA believes it is time for Quebec to follow suit. Currently, the law allows landlords to penalize all pet owners who are looking for affordable rental housing, regardless of how their animals actually behave. This unfairly favors landlords’ rights over tenants’ rights. Responsible pet owners whose animals are well behaved should be allowed to keep their animals.