Tenants forced to surrender their pets – Mandurah Mail

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Dedicated: Jake King at a recent dog adoption day held by K9 Dog Rescue Group. Photo: Facebook.

Dedicated: Jake King at a recent dog adoption day held by K9 Dog Rescue Group. Photo: Facebook.

“Heart-breaking” is how president of K9 Dog Rescue Group Jake King describes the current rental crisis and it’s affect on families who are having to give up their beloved pets.

“I know I use the word a lot,” he said, “but I can’t think of any other way to describe it.”

The team at K9 are currently getting 10 to 15 requests a week from people who want them to take their dogs and Mr King said the majority of those are because of landlords not allowing them to have pets.

“I know there’s two sides to every story and technically landlords aren’t doing anything wrong, but there has to be some give and take,” he said.

Since the MandurahMail’s story on the issue in April 2021, Mr King said the numbers have increased and he doesn’t know what the solution is.

“I’ve made calls to MPs David Templeman and Robyn Clark about the issue. I’m trying to educate myself as much as possible,” Mr King said.

“Dean Morris from Give Our Strays A Chance is giving a speech at Parliament House on October 26 and I’ve been invited. It’s my chance to speak to people who can have an impact on the issue.”

Mr King also confessed to being quite concerned about Christmas time and the busy puppy season. With limited space already at capacity, he doesn’t know how they’ll cope with increased demand.

“It’s not just the public either, we need to get dogs out of pounds too. It’s like trying to play a game of chess. Moving pieces around but not getting anywhere.”

Mr King is passionate about helping as many dogs as he can, but the daily pressures do start to take a toll.

“It’s every day. It’s just horrible to see kids crying. I give my number to people who didn’t want to give up their dog and I send them photos of how they’re doing. It’s time consuming but I hope it helps them in some way,” he said.

Although Mr King acknowledges some landlords may have good reason not to want tenants with pets, he said it seemed a bit selfish too.

“Everyone’s faceless these days. That personal touch is gone. It’s just like ‘too bad, too sad’. I know there may have been issues in the past when they’ve allowed pets, but you’ve got to have some more empathy.

“I would just say to landlords out there, I understand where they’re coming from, but please just show some empathy for others. A lot of people are still struggling post COVID and this just adds to it.

“One family I spoke to had been in the same house for a long time, then the landlord suddenly changed their mind and said you’ve got to get rid of your dog.

“We’re the one’s giving them the hugs and seeing the heartbreak; they don’t see the impact of what they do.”

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