Two Additional Ways to Support Access to Housing for Families with Animals

Press release – For immediate release

Montréal, June 20, 2022 – The Montreal SPCA announced today the launch of an exclusive tshirt pocket created in collaboration with the Montréal-based company Poches & Fils as part of its Keeping Families Together campaign to ban no-pet clauses in residential leases. 

“As moving season approaches, the Montreal SPCA is doubling its efforts to ban no-pet clauses in residential leases. The Poche & Fils t-shirt is a great way to proudly further the animal cause while also supporting a Quebec company,” says Élise Desaulniers, Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA. What’s more, 25% of the profits from the sale of the t-shirts will be donated to the shelter to support its mission. 

“We are proud to help the Montreal SPCA, in our own way. At Poches & Fils, we are all animal lovers” says the Poches & Fils Team. 

The Montreal SPCA launched a petition last April asking the Government of Québec to abolish no-pet clauses in residential leases. Signed by 33,423 people, the petition was tabled at the National Assembly on June 7 by MNA Manon Massé.   

Since the government has 30 days to respond to the petition, the Montreal SPCA is inviting the public to sign a letter addressed to their member of the national assembly and to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Hon. Andrée Laforest, asking them to respond favourably to our request and ban no-pet clauses in residential leases. 

A few facts: 

  • According to a Leger survey conducted in November 2021, 52% of Québec households include a dog or cat; in 2021 alone, approximately 200,000 animals were added to the population of approximately 3.25 million companion animals.   
  • Only 4.2% of landlords allow dogs, despite the fact that 25% of Québec households include a dog as one of their members.  
  • Throughout the year, nearly one animal per day ends up being abandoned at the Montreal SPCA due to a move, notwithstanding the hundreds of calls the SPCA receives from people who have difficulty finding a pet-friendly home. 

More details here


Source: Montreal SPCA

Media contact: Anita Kapuscinska, Senior Consultant, Corporate Development and Media Relations, Montréal SPCA, 514-656-2760, anitak@spca.com.

About the Montréal SPCA – Founded in 1869, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (now known simply as the Montréal SPCA) was the first animal-welfare organization in Canada. Today, the Montreal SPCA is the largest animal protection organization in Quebec, speaking on behalf of animals wherever there is ignorance, cruelty, exploitation, or neglect.

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