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Pets OK BC has received a startling amount of press coverage since launching in February, 2017. We are calling on the provincial government to remove one of the largest barriers to housing: “no pets” policies.

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VIDEO: Protesters rally for affordable housing ahead of B.C. budget – Trail Daily Times

Chants for affordable housing filled Downtown Vancouver Sunday afternoon as hundreds of people rallied for affordable housing in Jack Poole Plaza. The protesters were there just two days ahead of Tuesday’s provincial budget, where the NDP government is expected to unveil action on the hot-rod issue.

Hundreds rally in Vancouver to demand affordable, secure housing

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Vancouver Sunday to demand changes to make housing more affordable in the city. “Oh it’s a struggle, it’s a nightmare,” said Paolo Succi who attended the rally with Meghan Kennedy. “We don’t have pets, we are non-smokers and even with that it’s virtually impossible to find solid rental housing that isn’t decrepit for a reasonable price,” he said.

Lack of pet-friendly housing due to low supply or no-pets policies?

Pets OK BC is calling out the B.C. government for what they say is harmful rhetoric around the lack of pet-friendly housing in the province. Pets OK BC says they are biting back after a learning of a citizen who was “lectured” by the residential tenancy branch this week after expressing concern over B.C.’s lack of pet-friendly housing.

Vancouver’s reptiles are being ‘renovicted’ due to no pet policy

If you have ever considered adding a reptile or amphibian to your home, Reptile Rescue, Adoption, and Education Society can help Due to a rise in “renovictions” and “no pet” policies in many Metro Vancouver’s rental properties, some people have to give up their pets, including reptiles.

Middays With Jody Vance – Eliot Galan (Jan 30, 2018)

Eliot Galan, Pets OK BC organizer, discusses why the provincial government has to change its rhetoric on supply is the problem, not the rental policies.

1,700 pets were surrendered due to lack of pet-friendly housing in BC in 2017

Some 1,704 pets were surrendered to the BC SPCA across British Columbia in 2017, citing housing-related issues as the reason. Amy Morris, BC SPCA manager of public policy and outreach, told Daily Hive that figure does not include animals that were simply abandoned on the streets.

 

Little room for pets in current rental market – Surrey Now-Leader

Jayne Nelson, executive director of LAPS. File photo Some people are giving up their animals in order to find accomodation No-pets policies and an extremely tight rental market are forcing some pet owners to abandon their animals.

Non-profit B.C., landlord launches pet-friendly policy

Housing pressures forced 1,700 pet owners to surrender their animals to the BC SPCA in the past year, according to an advocacy group that’s trying to persuade the provincial government to ban pervasive no-pet rental policies. Jordan Reichert, the Vancouver Island representative for Pets OK BC, said the group has been turned down for a meeting with B.C.’s housing minister on the issue.

‘They’re my babies’: Renters forced to give up their pets over lack of housing

Just before Christmas, Grant Clarke was living in Surrey with his two cats. But when his landlord kicked him out of his housing, he was put out on the street with nowhere to go. He is now living on the so-called ” Whalley Strip ” along 135A Street.

Amid housing crunch, B.C. group wants to stop landlords from banning pets

Should tenants have the right to have a pet in their unit? One B.C. group thinks so, and is renewing its call to the province to change rules that let landlords ban pets from rental suites. Pets OK BC said about five pets per day are surrendered to the BC SPCA because of housing issues.

5 pets a day surrendered to shelters in B.C. due to housing issues | Metro Vancouver

An average of almost five pets are surrendered to the BC SPCA every day due to a lack of pet-friendly housing in the province and that trend shows no sign of slowing, according to advocates. The BC SPCA said there were 1,704 animals turned over in 2017 by people who said housing issues forced them to give up their pet.

Pets OK BC renews call for end to ‘no pets’ rental policies with new data from the SPCA

Pets OK BC is renewing calls for the provincial government to void the discriminatory “no pets” policies in all rental, stratas, and manufactured home parks after a lack of response from the Ministry of Housing.

Middays With Jody Vance – Eliot Galan (Jan 9, 2018)

Eliot Galan of Pets OK BC discusses the renewed call on the government to void discriminatory policies against pets in all rentals, strata and manufactured parks.

Why not allow dogs where we eat and drink?

KAMLOOPS – On a trip to Scotland a few years ago, I was struck by how pleasant it was to go into a pub or a restaurant and, as often as not, see one of the locals sitting at a table with their faithful canine lying nearby. How perfectly civil.

2017’s Top Stories: Kelowna’s vacancy rate lowest in Canada – Kelowna Capital News

Construction is ongoing in Kelowna where the city hopes an influx of rentals will help the market in the coming years. Here, Jonathan Elbrace works on a building in Rutland.

Pets OK BC: Why some landlords are hesitant to rent to pet owners

Landlords are divided on the issue of pet-friendly housing in B.C. While some have no problem with it, others see it as their right to deny a tenant based on whether or not they have a pet.

Lake Country couple struggles to find housing – Lake Country Calendar

Felipe Burtch and Shianne Etzerza – Credit: Facebook After losing their home in a fire, a couple can’t find housing that accepts pets The Oyama couple who lost their home in a fire last week is still searching for a place to live.

Kelowna resident fears giving up pets for lack of affordable pet-friendly housing

Valerie has not been able to find a place to live for almost two years. Right now, she is living with her niece, but come December when their house sells, Valerie may not have anywhere to go because of a lack of affordable pet-friendly housing.

Searching for home sweet home – Salmon Arm Observer

Christal McFadden “Nothing in life is permanent, not even our troubles.” Many people desperate in their hunt for housing. Christal McFadden keeps this quotation from Charlie Chaplin close at hand. A single mom of four children, one who is in university, McFadden had to give up the home her family had lived in for five years because the owner needed a place for a family member to stay.

Five Policies That Would Have Helped Me Stay in Vancouver | The Tyee

The weeks since my essay on leaving Vancouver came out have been surreal and humbling. I’ve been asked to recount my story in numerous interviews, received countless messages of commiseration and support (as well as a few snarky comments) and I’ve been written about in columns portraying me as the ultimate poster child for a city that has developed a troubling habit of “eating its young.”

BC Today – Pets OK BC Talking Pet-friendly Housing, on CFAX, Nov 13, 2017 by Pets OK BC

Eliot Galán, co-founder and organizer of Pets OK BC is the guest on BC Today, talking pet-friendly housing and their work to end “no pets” policies in the province. Recorded November 13, 2017.

Kelowna resident fears giving up pets for lack of affordable pet-friendly housing

Valerie has not been able to find a place to live for almost two years. Right now, she is living with her niece, but come December when their house sells, Valerie may not have anywhere to go because of a lack of affordable pet-friendly housing.

Pet-friendly housing campaigners to meet with BC ministers

Advocates, who gathered 10,000 signatures in support for ending explicit pet restrictions in housing across BC, will meet with three provincial ministers on Thursday. Grassroots campaigners Pets OK BC want to stop people being outright barred from rentals, strata and mobile homes simply because they have companion animals.

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@PetsOkBC is meeting with ministers in Victoria today to talk about removing the pet ban for renters. Should landlords be able to ban pets flat out?

NOV. 9, 2017 Pet legislation. Gardener Brian Minter.

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Pets OK BC to meet with BC Housing Minister Thursday

Pets OK BC to meet with BC Housing Minister Thursday A group representing pet owners is set to meet with the Provincial Housing Minister Selena Robinson Thursday to make arguments aimed at getting the no-pets policy removed from the Residential Tenancy Act. Eliot Galan co-founded Pets OK BC.

Pets OK BC- Eliot Galan and Jordan Reichert Co-founder and Organizers of Pets OK BC

Pets OK BC- Eliot Galan and Jordan Reichert Co-founder and Organizers of Pets OK BC

Episode 44 – Jordan Reichert by Sons of Richard Podcast

Jordan Reichert is the West Coast Campaign Officer for the Animal Protection Party of Canada. He is working with Pets OK BC, you may have seen him on the television, heard him on the radio advocating to ban ‘no pets’ policies in BC. Thank you again for joining me, I appreciate the time you have given.

B.C. group wants government to prohibit landlords from banning pets in rental units

People looking for looser restrictions on pets in rental apartments brought their fight to the lawn of the B.C. Legislature on Sunday. They are trying to convince the B.C. government to bring in legislation that prohibits landlords from banning pets in rental units. Landlord B.C.

Victoria renters call on changes to no pet policies

Finding a place to rent in Victoria isn’t easy and for people trying to find a spot that takes pets it’s even tougher. Some pet owners are being forced to make a heart-wrenching choice and give up their pet to secure a home.

‘No pets allowed’: B.C. group rallies for legislative change for renters

Finding a home to rent in many parts of British Columbia can be tough at the best of times and, throw a pet into the mix, can become nearly impossible. Pets OK BC, a grassroots advocacy group, is trying to remove what it says are unfair restrictions on pet owners.

‘No pets, no way’: group rallies in Victoria calling for the end of pet restrictions in housing

WATCH: More than 10,000 people have signed a Pets OK BC petition calling for changes to the residential tenancy act. Isabelle Raghem reports. Please enable Javascript to watch this video Dozens braved the rain and wind Sunday to rally with Pets OK BC on the legislative lawn.

Joining paws in support of pet-friendly housing

Unlike the weather, the crowd was anything but dreary on Sunday, Oct. 21 as pet owners and pet lovers alike congregated in front of the B.C. Parliament Buildings to rally for affordable pet-friendly housing across British Columbia. Dozens of families stood in the rain, side-by-side with their furry friends, to support Pets OK BC, an organization lobbying the B.C.

CityNews – Tom Walsh

 

Tenants face stark choice: Give up pets or pay more

Esquimalt resident Rosemary Collins is frustrated with a choice that seems increasingly common: affordable housing or keeping her dog. At 70, Collins says her rent is eating up her retirement income, but she doesn’t want to surrender her seven-year-old Australian kelpie, Tipper, to move to a more affordable place.

Middays With Jody Vance – Eliot Galan (Oct 23, 2017)

Jody speaks with Eliot Galan of Pets OK BC about last Saturday’s rally, calling for an end to ‘no pets’ policy in rentals and stratas across BC.

Metro News – Wanyee Li

B.C. animal lovers call for end to rental discrimination against pet owners

Nearly 5 pets are surrendered to the BC SPCA every day due to lack of housing

 

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WATCH: 10,000 signatures gained to stop ‘no pets’ rental policy – Chemainus Valley Courier

Pets OK BC said about 1,700 animals were surrendered to the BC SPCA last year due to housing issues The rental crunch across B.C. is proving to be a barrier for many residents looking for adequate and affordable housing and it’s even worse for those with animals.

A dog sits on a trail in a rain jacket, looking into the distance

Petition for more pet friendly housing in BC – BCIT

 

Pets OK BC gets the ear of Housing Minister to change no pets rental policies

It is an issue that resonates with many people, and one grassroots advocacy group is leading the movement to make a big change. Pet Ok BC aims to change B.C. rental policies around pet ownership – which they say is often a huge obstacle for renters in finding a place to live in the provinces already tight housing market.

Pets OK BC to rally on Victoria’s Legislature lawn to end “no pets” rental policies

It’s no secret that finding a place to rent in Vancouver is a challenge. With a less than one per cent vacancy rate, and prices for units steadily increasing, the market is strongly skewed in favour of the city’s landlords. As a result, homeowners often place restrictions on prospective tenants and still receive multiple offers.

Petition to end “no pets” rentals and strata gets 10,000 signatures

A petition aimed at getting the new BC government to end explicit pet restrictions in housing across the province has now been signed by 10,000 people. Grassroots campaigners Pets OK BC want to stop people being outright barred from rentals, strata and mobile homes simply because they have companion animals.

Petition to end “no pets” rental restriction in BC reaches 10,000 signatures

Pets OK BC announced today that they have reached their goal of 10,000 signatures for their petition to change the no pets rental restrictions in B.C. Pets OK BC is a movement advocating for the abolition of unreasonable pet restrictions in rental housing across the province of B.C.

Petition to allow pets in BC suites gets over 10,000 signatures – NEWS 1130

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Finding a place to live in the Lower Mainland is hard enough, but having a pet makes the search all that much worse. However a group with a petition fighting for your furry friends is getting a lot of support.

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Housing advocates say 5 BC families a day give up their pets to find a home – Roundhouse Radio

Finding a place to live in Vancouver is hard enough, if you have a pet in your family, the search is nearly impossible. That was the sentiment from a rally held at Trout Lake’s dog park today put on by the advocacy group Pets OK BC who are speaking on behalf of those who can’t …

Making Change for Companion Animals: Pets OK BC on Rental Housing Policy, & Paws for Hope on the Harmful Existence of Breeding Mills

We start this show with a brief discussion about what’s at stake for animals in British Columbia’s general election on Tuesday, May 9th. We then cover two topics affecting companion animals, both locally & around the world: restrictions on companion animals in rental housing, and the harmful existence of breeding mills.

Petition asks BC parties to end “no pets” rentals and stratas

Pets OK BC has launched a formal petition ahead of the upcoming BC election, hoping to get the next government to end explicit pet restrictions in housing across the province. The grassroots group of activists want to stop people being outright barred from rentals, stratas and mobile homes simply because they have companion animals.

Low vacancy, strict policies causing pets to be surrendered: lobby group

The combination of pet restrictions and Victoria’s low vacancy rate means animals are being surrendered to the BC SPCA and a lobby group says it’s time to change that. Pets OK BC says pet owners are at a disadvantage if they live in the Capital Region because lack of housing means they may need to make a heartbreaking decision: lose their home or say goodbye to their four-legged friend.

Advocates aim to abolish no-pet policies in B.C. rental properties

VICTORIA – A public meeting in Victoria this weekend will bring together animal advocates, landlords and government officials to discuss the increasing shortage of rentals for pet owners. “The idea is to have an honest conversation,” said Jordan Reichert from Pets OK B.C., a community organization that wants the provincial government to repeal parts of the Residential Tenancy Act that allow blanket no-pet policies in residences.

Is it time to end no pet policies in BC rental housing?

Anyone who has searched the web for rental housing is familiar with the “no pets allowed” criteria. In most cases, when it comes to renting new or multi-room properties, no pets is a given. According to the BC Residental Tenancy Act and the Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Act, B.C.

Pet owners rally to change B.C. rental laws | Metro Vancouver

Animal advocates are launching a campaign to change B.C.’s renter laws that they say put pet owners at a disadvantage at a time when vacancy rates in cities are at one per cent or lower. Less than 10 per cent of rental listings in Vancouver are available to people with pets, said Eliot Galan, co-organizer of Pets OK BC.

Pet-friendly Housing Advocates to Eliminate “No Pets” Clauses – Victoria Animal News

BRITISH COLUMBIA – The BC SPCA has recorded an alarming 1774 pets surrendered in B.C. in 2016, due to lack of affordable, pet-friendly housing. A new advocacy group, Pets OK BC is trying to change all this with their new petition asking the provincial government to make “no pets” clauses invalid in the Residential Tenancy Act (RTA).

Petition calls for end to ‘no pets’ policies in rental housing

Victoria activists are calling for new provincial legislation to protect pet owners’ rights as tenants. Jordan Reichert and others with the Animal Protection Party of Canada have started a petition calling for clauses to be made invalid in rental agreements that prohibit pets.

 

 

Further reading, from before our campaign began:

No Pet City: How Vancouver became Canada’s least pet-friendly city Vancouver Magazine

Do Vancouver landlords discriminate against pet owners? Vancity Buzz

Vancouver considers making it illegal for landlords to ban pets Global News