The Montreal SPCA has started a petition calling on more landlords to show open-mindedness when it comes to accepting renters with animals.\nIts goal is to reach 25,000 signatures.\nFind out how you can help below!\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nOwning a pet in Montreal, unfortunately, comes with a wide set of challenges, especially when it comes to finding a property to rent. Knowing this, the Montreal SPCA started a petition with the name "Call To Landlords: It's Time To Rent To Families With Animals." As our city's famous moving day, July 1, rapidly approaches, the SPCA is calling on more landlords to accept renters with pets into their buildings.\nÉlise Desaulniers, the Executive Director of the Montreal SPCA, reminds people that "refusing to rent to families with an animal often imposes a heart-wrenching decision: abandoning their companion."\nShelters are currently operating with reduced services and staff due to the unexpected turn of events the world has laid on us.\nWithout the help of landlords, shelters will be flooded with abandoned animals once moving day rolls around, which is why the petition is addressed to the Corporation des propriétaires immobiliers du Québec (CORPIQ) and its members.\nThe SPCA is asking anyone who believes in this cause to sign its petition asking landlords in Montreal to be more understanding when it comes to accepting renters with pets.\nView this post on Instagram PÉTITION | En ce temps de crise, demandons aux propriétaires immobiliers de se montrer solidaires envers les familles qui ont un animal. Aux pertes de revenus et au stress causés par la pandémie s’ajoute la rareté des logements. Trouver un logis dans ces conditions s’avère donc extrêmement difficile. Signez la pétition ➡️ Lien en bio — PETITION | During the crisis, let’s ask landlords to rent to families with animals. With the current vacancy rate of 1.8% in Quebec, tenants are facing a scarcity of rentals in addition to lost income and stress caused by the pandemic. Finding a rental unit in the present context is therefore extremely difficult. Sign the petition ➡️ Link in bio . . . #animals #petition #spca #takeaction #spcamontreal #montrealspca A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on Apr 21, 2020 at 7:24am PDT\nSo far, the petition has received over 11,670 online signatures, with a goal of 25,000.\n"We are writing to you, in this time of crisis, as Quebecers concerned about human rights and animal welfare. We ask you to show openness and compassion by renting to families with animals," the beginning of the petition reads.\nThe reality is if landlords refuse to let animals in their buildings, where will they go?\n"A new disaster will soon be upon us if landlords do not heed this call," the SPCA states.\nThe SPCA's website says that "with the current vacancy rate of 1.8% in Quebec, tenants are facing a scarcity of rentals in addition to lost income and stress caused by the pandemic."\nAnd, of course, this shortage affects people with animals looking to rent even harder, which is something to be mindful of.\nView this post on Instagram Vous avez trouvé un petit chaton qui semble abandonné? 🐱 Pas de panique! Vérifiez d’abord s’il a vraiment besoin de votre aide. Avant de retirer le chaton des lieux où vous l’avez trouvé, prenez le temps d’observer la scène. À moins qu’il se trouve en danger, laissez-le sur place pendant trois ou quatre heures et surveillez de loin le retour de sa mère. Elle était peut-être simplement partie chercher à manger ou encore en train de déplacer ses bébés un à la fois! Si la maman ne revient pas, suivez les étapes suivantes afin de prendre bien soin du chaton en attendant qu'un.e vétérinaire puisse l'examiner! (Lien dans notre bio) // So you found a little kitten who seems abandoned? No need to panic. First of all, make sure the kitten actually needs your help. Before removing the kitten from where you found her, get a sense of the surroundings. Unless the kitten is in danger, leave her where she is, for up to three to four hours, and keep an eye on her from a distance to see if her mother shows up. She may simply have gone scavenging for food or she may be relocating her babies one at a time. If the mother does not return, follow these steps to properly care for the kitten until you can get to a veterinarian. (Link in the bio) . . . . #kittens #shelterkitten #cats #cat #cute #cutemoments #adopt #kittensofinstagram #adoptdontshop #cutenessoverload #love #kittenlovers #spca #spcamontreal #montrealspca A post shared by SPCA de Montréal (@spcamontreal) on Apr 8, 2020 at 6:52am PDT\nIf ever you'd like to help the SPCA during this difficult time, you can make a donation here.\nREAD ALSO: The Montreal SPCA Is Taking Steps To Protect Animals During The COVID-19 Outbreak\nIf your beliefs are in line with those of the SPCA's, you can sign its petition here.\nThe SPCA has also provided tips for finding somewhere to rent that will allow pets, which you can see below.\nSPCA\nWe hope you and your animals are staying safe during this time.