At Montreal’s SPCA, we believe that companion animals are lifelong commitments; however we understand that there are circumstances that can arise in which guardians are legitimately no longer able to look after their pet(s). Unless you aren’t able to properly care for your animal, the best place for them is with you! The abandonment of a pet should always be the last resort. For tips, click here.
An annual crisis
Every summer, around moving day, thousands of Quebec residents are forced to make the gut-wrenching decision to part with a beloved pet, whom they consider a member of their family, in order to secure affordable rental housing. Indeed, though one in two Quebec households has a pet, only 4.2% of landlords accept tenants with dogs. This restriction disproportionately affects low-income families, who have more limited opportunities for housing.
The situation is devastating, not only to the families who find themselves unable to keep their pets, but for the animals themselves. In the months surrounding moving day, the number of animals abandoned at the Montreal SPCA nearly triples, from around 600 a month to approximately 1600.
Looking for pet-friendly housing?
Click here for some suggestions on how to facilitate your search for pet-friendly housing.
Visit Appartmap to find pet friendly rentals in your area.
Currently experiencing difficulties with your landlord in relation to your pet?
Click here for information on your rights and obligations, as well as for some tips on how to deal with your landlord.
Download a model letter to send to your landlord by clicking here.
Currently experiencing difficulties with your co-owners association in relation to your pet?
Any clause prohibiting the possession of pets in a declaration of co-ownership is invalid and thus without legal effect. However, at all times, a condominium owner who wishes to exert his/her right to have an animal must do so in a reasonable fashion and in such a way as to not interfere with other owners’ enjoyment of the property.
Download a model letter to send to your co-owners association by clicking here.
For additional information on the issue of no-pet clauses in residential leases, consult our frequently asked questions (FAQ) by clicking here.
To express your support for the right to posses animals in residential units and to obtain legislative change on this issue, we encourage you to communicate with Martin Coiteux, Minister of Municipal Affairs, Regions and Land Occupancy at: firstname.lastname@example.org. For a model letter to send to Mr. Coiteux click here.
Please note that the information contained on the Montreal SPCA’s website is provided for general information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or opinion of any kind, nor does its provision form the basis of a lawyer-client relationship. The Montreal SPCA recommends obtaining independent legal counsel regarding any specific legal issues. While The Montreal SPCA has made reasonable efforts to ensure that the information contained on this website are accurate, it does not guarantee the accuracy, currency, or completeness of the material.