SPCA Says Housing Crisis Forcing Owners to Give up Pets

San Francisco’s housing crisis is affecting pets as well as people, according to officials with San Francisco’s Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The San Francisco SPCA has handled 207 pet surrender cases since last March 1 because of housing issues, SPCA officials said Monday. In about half of the cases, residents could not find pet-friendly housing.

Changes to the resident’s lease prompted 25 cases. SPCA officials said the most pet surrender cases have come from residents in the city’s Mission District.

SPCA officials suggest pet owners put together a pet resume, as property damage is the main reason landlords ban pets from their buildings.

The resume should include the qualities of the pet that make it a good tenant. SPCA officials suggest including the pet’s past rental history, referrals from former landlords, a list of obedience classes taken and proof that the pet has been spayed or neutered.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

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  • Brad Chestnut

    What is worse is what the SPCA charges at its hospital on Fillmore. $500 is what they want to clean my cat’s teeth. A Senior Wellness blood profile is a staggering 200 dollars. If you want an emergency appointment they double the price because you can’t get an appointment with your vet to begin with.

    Only techies can afford pets and pet bills.