Many people in San Francisco have to give up their pets

Having a pet and living in San Francisco, an impossible mission? According to the city's SPCA, San Francisco's housing crisis is accompanied by a wave of dog and cat drop-outs . One in four abandoning his four-legged companion in San Francisco does so in order to be housed, says association spokeswoman Krista Maloney at CNN.

"The connection between housing and pet has become an increasingly common problem , she explains.

Rents have increased in San Francisco as more high-income people come to work in Silicon Valley. The housing shortage has naturally led to fierce competition and price is no longer the sole criterion of selection today.

"Housing your pet with you has become a luxury"

"The competition for each apartment is so fierce that the owners allow themselves a very high degree of selection of their tenant, "said Mark Campana, president of Anchor Realty. This agency has more than 1,000 properties in San Francisco and does not accept pets.

"Given the current demand for housing, an owner has no interest in accepting pets. If some homeowners can be flexible, just by kindness, they know they can still find another tenant without pets, "says Michael Harrington, president of Pacific Union Property Management.

Result? If you have an animal and would like to settle in San Francisco, your rent will be 12% higher than if you did not have a 4-legged companion, compared to 3.5% in other major US cities , reveals a recent study published by HotPads. In New York, for example, the share of housing where animals are accepted is three times higher.

They are few in number, but fortunately there are animal friends who agree to rent their property to the owners of dogs and dogs. cats. This is the case of Jackie Tom, whose agency manages 35 homes where animals are welcome in San Francisco. "There are lots of wonderful pet owners and there is not enough housing for them, so keeping your pet with you has become a luxury," she laments. Residences claiming to be pet-friendly often charge the privilege, becoming out of reach of low-income people.

Pushed to lie

animal, some do not hesitate to lie, passing their dog for a service dog or therapy.

This phenomenon would have taken place as much as some agencies, such as Eric Andresen, president of the San Francisco Apartment Association and Viking Services Corp., which manages 2,300 rental properties, now encourage homeowners to accept animals to keep a check on the presence of animals in their buildings. And that will make your relationship with your tenant more cooperative, "he says.

Should we see a glimmer of hope for San Francisco's pet owners and the overcrowded refuges of the city?