New data from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has found that one in two tenants fear they will never buy a home, limiting aspirations of pet ownership.
The charity, which often takes in pets from people who cannot find pet-friendly accommodation, is campaigning for more pet-friendly attitudes in the rented sector, allowing tenants to enjoy the mental wellbeing that owning a pet provides.
With the number of households occupied by private renters almost doubling in size over the last two decades, only 7 per cent of private landlords have listed their properties as allowing animals.
Battersea's chief executive, Peter Laurie, discussed the issue: “At Battersea, we take in much-loved pets for many reasons – but one factor we see owners cite time and time again is not being able to find a rental property that allows animals.
“It’s heart-breaking to see owners having to give up their cherished pets for lack of housing options.
“With long-term renting firmly on the rise, we’re calling on the Government to do more to increase the number of pet friendly homes across the country.
“Not only will this help ensure more dogs and cats are able to stay in their original, loving homes, it will also allow more people to enjoy the many benefits of responsible pet ownership.”
Among other suggestions, Battersea has recommended that more landlords and tenants should be informed on the benefits of taking out insurance against pet damage.
Further information on Battersea's Pet Friendly Properties campaign can be found here.