The Winnipeg Humane Society sees hundreds of pets turned over to the shelter every year due to the limited number of pet friendly apartments in Manitoba, many of which already have long waiting lists.
People who don't own their own home, for whatever reason, deserve the ability to experience the love and affection of furry family members. Seniors who are no longer able to upkeep their house should not have to surrender their beloved cat of 12 years, and those who are unable to afford a mortgage are entitled to the immense health benefits of owning a dog.
The Winnipeg Humane Society has teamed up with Manitoba Liberal Leader, Jon Gerrard to support Bill 218, The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act, introduced by Dr. Gerrard on December 8, 2009. This Bill, commonly referred to as "Fluffy's Law" will make no pet clauses in tenancy agreements null and void.
The bill has already passed its first reading in the Manitoba Legislature and will be presented for a second reading during the current spring legislative session.
You can download a petition in support of Bill 218, circulate it and then return it to either The Winnipeg Humane Society (45 Hurst Way) or Jon Gerrard's Office at the following address:
Room 169 - 450 Broadway
Also, call, email or mail your local MLA and ask them to support Fluffy's Law.
Visit the Manitoba Liberal website for more information at www.manitobaliberals.ca or search "I Support Fluffy's Law in Manitoba" on facebook to become a fan.
According to a study conducted by the Baker Medical Institute of Australia, pet owners had lower blood pressure and lower levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides in comparison to non-pet owners, which can reduce the rate of heart disease. The study also noted that seniors with pets made 21 per cent fewer visits to their doctors than seniors who were non-pet owners.
The Baker study also shows a relationship between pet-ownership and reduced government health care costs. The results show a savings of almost three billion dollars over four years or an overall reduction of 1.5 per cent in health care costs.
Owning a dog also requires more activity than not. Dogs need to be walked, taken outside regularly and generally support a more active daily lifestyle. Apartment dwellers who walk their dogs regularily can feel a stronger sense of community knowing others are out and about with their pets enjoying the day.
There are countless mental health benefits to owning a pet. For example, people who suffer from illnesses such as depression find meaning in caring for someone and fell comforted knowing a pet relies on them and loves them.