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Jo Gideon MP joins leading cat and dog charities to support pet-friendly renting

Stoke-on-Trent Central MP Jo Gideon lent her support to new pet-friendly rental laws at a parliamentary event hosted by the UK’s leading cat and dog charities.

After years of campaigning, Cats Protection and Dogs Trust have both welcomed the proposed Renters’ (Reform) Bill. According to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, renters will be given the legal right to request a pet in their home, which the landlord must consider and cannot unreasonably refuse. Landlords will also be able to require pet insurance to cover any damage to their property.

At an event at the House of Commons on 7 June, the two charities outlined the importance of modernising the private rented sector when it comes to allowing pet ownership.

Jo Gideon MP – Member of Parliament for Stoke-on-Trent Central said: “I was pleased to join Cats Protection and Dogs Trust to support the new Bill, which could have a hugely positive impact on the lives of people who rent their home. Pets play an important role in the lives of their owners and it’s only right that everyone should be able to benefit from the companionship they bring.”

Cats Protection’s Head of Advocacy & Government Relations Madison Rogers said: “For too long, renters have been denied the chance to own a pet cat simply because they rent rather than own their home. We hope these new proposals will finally give renters the chance to experience the comfort, joy and companionship that comes with owning a cat, along with the security of knowing they can feel settled in their rented home.

“We were pleased to join up with our friends at Dogs Trust to highlight why these new proposals are so important to millions of people. We are looking forward to continuing to work with the Government to ensure the proposals give more renters the chance to finally own a pet in way that is fair and affordable for all.”

James Hickman, Head of Outreach Projects at Dogs Trust said: “For years, we have helped pet owners find a home in the private rented sector, but sadly we still receive thousands of calls from desperate dog owners forced to hand them over because of issues with accommodation. We are thrilled to see such wide-spread backing for Dogs Trust and Cats Protection’s work advocating for a more pet-welcoming private rented sector and hope the new Bill will help keep pets and their owners together where they belong.”

The event comes after Dogs Trust reported a record number of enquiries from people being forced to rehome their dogs as they struggle to meet their needs as the cost of living continues to rise. Around one in ten of those owners calling Dogs Trust charity cite issues with housing as the reason for needing to rehome their dog. This includes people being forced to move or downsize as rental prices increase, but are unable to find suitable, affordable pet-friendly properties.

Meanwhile, Cats Protection says that last year it took in around 1,300 cats – the equivalent of at least three cats each day – due to landlords not allowing them in their properties, making it the eighth most-cited reason as to why cats are given up to the charity.

Both charities will continue to work with the government to ensure the details of the proposals benefit both renters and landlords in a way which is fair and reasonable.

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For more information or photos, please contact Cats Protection’s Media Office on 01825 741 911 or email [email protected] or for the Office of Jo Gideon MP, please contact Matthew Bridger, Constituency Support and Communications Officer to Jo Gideon MP; [email protected] or 01782 497379 Notes to Editors About Cats Protection:
  1. Cats Protection’s vision is a world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
  2. Cats Protection is a registered Charity No. 203644 (England and Wales) and sc037711 (Scotland). A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (06772997). Registered office National Cat Centre, Chelwood Gate, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 7TT.
  3. Founded as the Cats Protection League in 1927, the charity adopted the name Cats Protection in 1998. We ask that you use the name Cats Protection when referring to the charity in all published material.
About Dogs Trust : Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and normally cares for around 14,000 dogs across its network of 21 rehoming centres in the UK and one in Dublin. Dogs Trust has a non-destruction policy and will never put a healthy dog to sleep. The charity also focuses its efforts on understanding dogs and sharing that knowledge with the wider public to prevent problem behaviours that can result in relinquishment or abandonment. We are working towards the day when all dogs can enjoy a happy life, free from the threat of unnecessary destruction.

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