Union of BC Municipalities supports pet-friendly housing

Union of BC Municipalities votes in favour of pets for renters

Union of B.C. Municipalities delegates vote in favour of pets for renters, and guidelines being changed by provincial government.

Union of BC Municipalities delegates voted yesterday, September 21st, that BC Housing should develop strategies in support of pet-friendly housing in the non-profit sector.

The vote recognized the important physical, emotional, and mental health benefits of pet guardianship, as well as the risk of loved animals being surrendered to the shelter and rescue system if their guardians could not access pet-freindly housing.

“The approved resolution asked that the provincial government direct BC Housing to develop strategies and guidance that support pet-friendly housing in the non-profit sector.”

“Further, it asked that the government update the BC Housing strategy and work with stakeholders such as landlords and tenant associations, animal welfare organizations, public health, mental health and seniors organizations, and poverty reduction and homelessness advocates to find cooperative solutions to increase the availability and affordability of pet-friendly housing.”

This is a positive step in recognizing companion animals as an important part of many families in B.C.

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