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The decline in adoptions is because if you rent the Landlords charge a high deposit and a monthly fee. People can't afford a pet for their children.
That is definitely a big part of the problem Linda!!!! $500 deposit for a cat, then $35/month! Seriously!! That, along with all of the costs associated with having a pet. Rents are already insane! I am sad to hear about this issue and will be thinking about and hoping for a solution. Spay and neuter your pets people!!!!!
Yes,Laurel and Linda are absolutely correct! I would love to get a companion kitty for my cat, who is missing his brother kitty that went to kitty heaven this year. But that would mean another $500 deposit and an additional $50 per month (not to mention the $50 a month I already pay for the one I have). Landlords know that people will pay to keep their pets but it still makes it very difficult.
Having been a landlord for nearly 30 years I can tell you that people with pets just do not care about the damage done to a home they do not own. I have had to replace carpets, drapes, subfloors, hardwood floors and even sheetrock because of the damage done by pets. The pet deposit and the added monthly rent does not come near the actual cost to the landlord to repair and replace damaged items and the constant need to spray for fleas and other pests. For the last years of my life as a landlord I had a strict policy of no pets and no smokers. Amazing how the properties stayed in nice condition during that time. Rarely even needed new paint.
I am a landlord that just cleaned out a vacated apartment where the first thing we had to do was haul out buckets of dog excrement. Then I had to replace all the carpeting, replace the furniture, replace the front door, patch the drywall, and repaint -- all due to dog damage. I thought about raising the security deposit to $10,000 for pet owners, but decided it's just must simpler to make our units pet free.
I live in a senior housing complex that is very animal friendly and we do not experience any problems. People do put down a small deposit, which is normal, but this place is very pet friendly for seniors.
Now.....I do have a big problem with the City Of Pleasanton's Ridgeview Commons Senior Complex located on Case Ave. They allow NO!! pets anywhere on the property. I have never received an answer from anyone in the City Of Pleasanton's government as to why.... I have asked about this many times as I know that many of those seniors living there would dearly love to have a cat or small dog. Animals help keep seniors alive and they are so much company.
Hundreds of animals (adoptable dogs and cats) are euthanized every month, seriously, that could otherwise go to nice and responsible pet owners. While not everyone can take responsibility for a pet due to whether or not they are homeowners, landlord doesn't allow pets or deposit is too high, there are indeed many who can take a pet in as either a foster or adopt. Instead, many people breed their pets for a profit or support appalling puppy mills and the suffering that goes on there, etc. and these are the dogs/cats that end up in the shelters only to be euthanized.
We humans need to wake up to the fact that masses of pets are being euthanized and either donate, foster, adopt, help educate. It breaks my heart daily to see what is happening all around us these days.
If you can't adopt, please consider giving/donating to the local shelter or rescue and trust me, even if you can't have that pet, you'd be saving it. I am not affiliated with the local shelter or rescue but I do my part to help save pets anyway I can all over, regardless where they are. Thanks for reading.