This coming Monday is not only Canada Day but the infamous Moving Day in Montreal... and while that should mean excitement about a new apartment, some renters in Montreal will be facing a very difficult decision this weekend.\nEvery year in Montreal, countless pets must be left behind by pet owners that are moving into new apartments with no-pet clauses in the lease or building by-laws.\nIn the best scenario, these pets are given to family, friends or acquaintances that are able to keep pets in their apartments. Alternatively, the pets are given up for adoption to a facility like the SPCA.\nBut in many, heartbreaking cases, pets are left in old apartments or on the street.\nWe had our very own Olivia Lyle head to the Montreal SPCA to speak with a spokesperson about the difficulties facing pet owners in Quebec, where landlords are able to deny tenants the right to keep a pet.\nThere are, of course, exceptions to this rule. According to Educaloi, The Regie du Logement has ruled that a tenant can keep a pet because of its therapeutic benefits.\nService animals are also deemed necessary for some Canadians under the Charter of humans rights and freedoms, which overrules any stipulations in a lease or rules within the building by-laws.\nRecently, the Civil Code of Quebec was amended to consider animals sentient beings with "biological imperatives." The Act to improve the legal status of animals makes it clear that it is now prohibited to abandon an animal.\nView this post on Instagram En décembre 2018, le Bureau des enquêtes de la SPCA de Montréal a reçu un signalement concernant un petit chien vivant à l’extérieur depuis plusieurs années. Lors de sa visite, notre agente de protection animale a pu constater que le petit chien, nommé Felix, vivait effectivement à l’attache, seul, avec seulement une petite niche pour se protéger des intempéries. Felix était aussi négligé, ayant grandement besoin d’un toilettage et d’une dentisterie. Malgré tout, Felix était docile et sociable. En discutant avec la famille de Felix, notre agente a appris qu’il avait 9 ans et avait toujours vécu à l’extérieur. La famille a avoué ne plus vraiment s’occuper de Felix et a accepté de le céder à la SPCA de Montréal pour qu’il trouve une nouvelle famille qui saura lui donner l’amour et l’attention qu’il mérite. Aujourd’hui, nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que Felix a trouvé sa famille pour la vie! ❤️🏠 In December 2018, the Investigations Department of the Montreal SPCA received a complaint regarding a small dog who had been kept permanently outdoors for several years. During her visit, our Animal Protection Officer noted that the little dog, named Felix, appeared to be, in fact, living alone and tethered outside with only a small doghouse to protect him from the elements. Felix was also neglected and in great need of dental care and grooming. Despite all this, Felix was friendly and sociable. When speaking with Felix’s family, our Officer learned that Max was 9 years old and had always lived outdoors. Felix’s family also admitted no longer really taking care of him and agreed to surrender him to the Montreal SPCA in order for him to find a new family that will give him the attention and love that he deserves. Today, we are excited to announce that Felix has found his forever home! . . . #dog #bureaudesenquetes #animalprotection #animals #shelter #investigations #chiens #shelterdogs #adoption #adoptdontshop #spcamontreal #montrealspca A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on Apr 20, 2019 at 6:44pm PDT\nMany feel that a landlord's ability to deny pet owners their pets in new apartments is in direct opposition with this amendment that prohibits abandonment. While bringing an animal to the SPCA isn't abandonment on the street, it certainly feels the same to pet and pet owner.\nThere is currently a Change.org petition with over 22,000 signatures to abolish the law that allows landlords to discriminate against pet owners. In Ontario, for example, a no pet clause in a lease is against the Residential Tenancies Act.\nREAD ALSO: MacBook Laptops Recalled In Canada Due To Sudden Fire Hazard\nThe Educaloi page also indicates that it is worth appealing to your landlord and letting them meet your pet, as they may come around.\nAlso, if you're someone who lives in an apartment that does allow animals, consider becoming a foster for the SPCA!\nView this post on Instagram 🎁 Pour marquer notre 150e anniversaire, nous souhaitons offrir aux animaux le plus beau des cadeaux : 150 nouvelles personnes fidèles, prêtes à soutenir notre action sur une base mensuelle. Cliquez sur le lien en bio pour faire partie de cette formidable communauté! 🎉 To commemorate our 150th anniversary, we would like to give animals the most wonderful gift: 150 faithful new friends, who are ready to look out for them and support our work on a monthly basis. Click on the link in the bio to join our amazing community! . . . #animallovers #helpanimals #donate #animals #animaux #dogs #dog #puppies #doglovers #shelteranimals #shelterdogs #shelter #montrealspca #spcamontreal A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on May 30, 2019 at 12:43pm PDT\nWhile the SPCA accepts something like 600 animals a month on average, according to TVA Nouvelles that number jumps up to 1600 between June and August. To learn more about fostering for the SPCA head to their page here.\nTo read the full page on Pets in Rental Housing written up by Educaloi, head to their site here. To read the amendments to the Civil code concerning animals, head to the MAPAQ page here. To sign the petition against this law, head to the Change.org page here.