Today the Companion Animals Taskforce – a NSW Parliamentary taskforce comprising animal welfare experts, vets council officials and breeders – releases its discussion paper for public comment. Changes proposed by the taskforce are designed to slash the number of cats and dogs euthanised by pounds in NSW each year. Pet registration and microchipping would be streamlined to fund animal management programs and crackdown measures introduced to eliminate “puppy farmers”. Proposed changes up for public discussion include the payment by tenants of a “pet bond” for residents with cats and dogs in rental properties. The taskforce found that “pet-unfriendly” rental homes and residential strata properties drove up pet dumping rates and severely inhibited the pet adoptions from pet rescue shelters and pounds.
CATitude is a strong advoCAT for the adoption of pet-friendly practices and greater flexibility in the rental market to accommodate the choices and the needs of socially responsible cat owners in NSW’s rental and property market.
Any vendor will tell you of the number of enquiries they receive from prospective purchasers regarding the pet friendly status of their unit or apartment when they place it on the market for sale. Canny executive committee/owner corporations with an eye to enhanced property values will know that adopting a pet-friendly policy for their strata block will add value to their property at selling time. It’s a win-win for strata residents and property owners – residents with small pets enjoy the social and physiological benefits of their companions pets in a regulated pet-friendly home environment.
Companion pets bring immense joy to pet owners, and happier pets and their owners can only contribute to a more harmonious and enjoyable strata living experience for residents of all ages whether they are children, families, singles, seniors or retirees.
The advoCAT from CATitude – 7 May 2012