Pets increasingly losing homes due to SF's housing crisis 

click to enlarge The San Francisco SPCA says it is seeing a growing number of pet owners being forced to surrender their cats and dogs due to housing issues - COURTESY SAN FRANCISCO SPCA
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  • The San Francisco SPCA says it is seeing a growing number of pet owners being forced to surrender their cats and dogs due to housing issues

San Francisco’s housing crisis is a widely documented phenomenon that has plagued residents of The City for years. But another victim appears to be struggling from the squeeze as well: pets.

The San Francisco SPCA is seeing a growing number of pet owners being forced to surrender their cats and dogs due to housing issues, a concern highlighted by the increasing scarcity of pet-friendly housing in The City, agency officials said Tuesday.

Since March 1, 2014, the SPCA has handled 207 pets that were surrendered due to housing issues. Half of those cases were specifically due to San Francisco residents who were unable to find pet-friendly housing, according to SPCA.

The highest number of pet surrenders recorded at the shelter – 42 percent – came from the Mission district, the agency said.

The SPCA has potential solutions to help renters address a landlord’s animal-related concerns. Pets are banned from buildings primarily due to property damage, so the SPCA advises pet owners to provide potential landlords with a pet resume that summarizes a pet’s best qualities and explains why the pet would make a good tenant.

Pet owners should include a cat's or dog’s past history in rentals, referrals from former landlords, and any obedience classes as well as proof of spay/neuter.

Additional tips for tenants with pets can be found here: https://www.sfspca.org/resources/tenants-landlords.

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Laura Dudnick

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Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for Patch.com, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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