Pet-friendly homes sought

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Land­lords are be­ing urged to open their eyes and rental prop­er­ties to pet own­ers to help stop an­i­mal aban­don­ment and im­prove their own bot­tom line.

As a fur­ther in­cen­tive, An­i­mal Wel­fare League Aus­tralia is run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to find Aus­tralia’s most pet-friendly land­lord.

Sav­ing An­i­mals from Eu­thana­sia founder Sue Hedley said the tran­sient na­ture of Pil­bara towns ex­ac­er­bated the prob­lem of own­ers hav­ing to aban­don their pets to put a roof over their fam­ily’s heads.

“We see a range of be­hav­iour in re­lin­quished pets, from fit­ting in quickly to foster care to show­ing signs of trauma from be­ing taken from a long-term home and moved to a dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tion,” she said.

“When in­dus­try changes, sud­denly peo­ple are left with­out (work-pro­vided) ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“It is of­ten such a big up­heaval for fam­i­lies with chil­dren that pets of­ten don’t rate highly in the move.

“This is why fos­ter­ing is ideal for peo­ple who are here for con­tracts with un­cer­tain fu­tures.

“They can have the joy of a pet dur­ing their stay and help save lives at the same time.”

Ms Hedley said many land­lords had ex­pe­ri­enced “far worse” house dam­age caused by adults and chil­dren than by the av­er­age dog or cat.

First Na­tional Real Es­tate Kar­ratha busi­ness de­vel­op­ment man­ager Mee­gan Moses said around 65,000 pets were sur­ren­dered to the RSPCA an­nu­ally in Aus­tralia be­cause of dif­fi­cul­ties find­ing rental prop­er­ties. Ms Moses said just 9 per cent of Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion were able to rent prop­er­ties with their pets.

“Cap­i­tal growth has far out­paced rental growth na­tion­ally and this has forced yields to record lows,” she said.

“Yet many in­vestors refuse to con­sider ap­pli­ca­tions from ten­ants with pets, de­spite re­search that shows some are will­ing to pay slightly more rent and that they tend to stay longer.

“The re­al­ity is that when land­lords agree to flag their rental prop­erty as pet-friendly with First Na­tional Real Es­tate Kar­ratha, the chances of get­ting their va­cant prop­erty leased quickly grows ex­po­nen­tially.”

Ms Moses said prop­erty man­agers could take steps to pro­tect a land­lord’s in­ter­est such as adding clauses to the lease, re­quir­ing ex­tra clean­ing, or pay­ment of pet bonds.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Mee­gan Moses from First Na­tional Real Es­tate Kar­ratha with dogs Narla and Diego, and Sav­ing An­i­mals From Eu­thana­sia founder Sue Hedley.

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