Pets die when landlords say ‘NO’.

The figures are out and they’re shocking. Only 4% of Australian rental properties allow pets – making it almost impossible for pet-owning tenants to find a home.

For people like Susan, the rental pet ban can have devastating consequences.

Susan lost her job when the company she worked for went bankrupt. Fortunately, she was offered a new one – but it was more than a two-hour commute from home.

The obvious solution was to find a new home closer to her job. But Susan couldn’t find a single rental property that was both affordable and pet-friendly. She was forced to choose between losing her beloved pets, Betty and Lucky, or travelling five hours each day for work.

Like most of us, Susan simply couldn’t bear to part with the dogs she had raised and loved, so she opted for the exhausting commute.

Then one night, disaster struck. During her long drive home from work, an exhausted Susan lost concentration and narrowly avoided causing a terrible accident. She simply couldn’t keep this up.

Her only choice was to move. When she couldn’t find them a home, she faced an impossible choice: to surrender her beloved Betty and Lucky to the local animal shelter, or to become homeless and live in her car.

No-pet rental policies have a terrible impact on people like Susan and her beloved dogs. Will you please donate to help change the law, and save the lives of pets like Betty and Lucky?

Tragically, Susan’s story is all too common. Research led by the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation’s Emeritus Professor Jacquie Rand, shows that a staggering one in five pet surrenders are because their owners can’t find a pet-friendly home to rent.

When a dog or cat is surrendered to a pound, the outlook can be bleak. Current data shows that some pounds kill every second dog they receive – and 85-95% of cats.

With a third of Australians living in rented accommodation, that means that thousands of cherished pets are losing their lives each year because of landlords’ no-pet policies – and thousands of heartbroken owners are losing their best friends.

We want that to end – and we need your help. Our dedicated team are lobbying hard to make sure that one day, pets in rental properties are the norm, not the exception.

Read the Australian Pet Welfare Foundation submission to Victorian government’s review of banning unreasonable ‘no pets’ clauses in tenancy agreement for an example of how we influence policy to save lives.

Susan’s story could happen to anyone – there’s a good chance someone you know has already had to make the heartrending decision to give up their pets. So please contribute today towards a happier, healthier and ‘paws approved’ Australia.

Help us bring hope to homeless pets.

4 ways you can help
  • If you are a landlord, allow tenants with pets. Do not have breed and size restrictions, because they are not evidence-based.
  • Lobby your state government to ban unreasonable “no pets” clauses [see APWF’s submission to the Victorian government].
  • Lobby your local real-estate agent to allow pets – it is better for landlords and real-estate agents [read more].
  • Support our work with a donation to bring hope to pets and people.