Making Non-Profit Housing Pet-Friendly

Registration is now closed. For more information contact

Video Recording:

People and pets can be a tricky combination in non-profit housing, but there are ways we can meet the needs of housing operators, residents, and those who have animal companions. This 60-minute webinar will provide attendees with tools to help make informed decisions about pets in their non-profit housing community. Developing a knowledge of animal health and behaviour will ensure that animal welfare does not suffer due to inadequately enforced or inaccurately written restrictions.

This session will identify common issues – including liability of the housing association for animal issues; how to screen; what animals can be appropriately housed and what they need; what kind of policies ensure responsible care; and how to resolve common animal-related issues, such as potential conflict with other tenants, allergies and damages. Participants will have the opportunity pose questions about their own situations and seek suggestions to take back to the workplace.

What you will learn:
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Assess and mitigate risks related to housing pets
  • Provide recommendations regarding pet policies
  • Understand basic animal welfare needs
  • Counsel pet guardians that are not well-matched with their pets (e.g., cannot afford continued veterinary care, too many animals to care for, unable to provide basic care requirements)
  • Know where to refer staff who need guidance related to pets

Who should attend:
Front line support staff in non-profit and affordable housing facilities, as well as anyone responsible for setting and/or administering building policies.

Presenter: Amy Morris works with the BC SPCA on policy and outreach for companion animals, an organization that assists more than 47,000 animals each year. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and works closely with domestic and exotic animal experts to develop positions and policies for the organization, as well as building greater understanding between pet-lovers and housing providers who are hesitant to welcome their animal companions.

Webinar date

May 09, 2019


6/17/19 10:00 am - 6/17/19 11:00 am


$20 plus GST for members $40 plus GST for non-members

How to register
To register, click the large green button at the top of this page: “Login to account”, or “Create an account” (if you do not yet have one). Note: We require a unique email address for each participant. If you need further instructions, click Course registration instructions. You will be sent an email with access instructions at least 48 hours (2 working days) prior to the webinar date.

This webinar will be recorded. Participants will have access to the recording from the BCNPHA website at a later date.
Note: Registration cutoff deadline is 12 noon, May 7, due to lead time required to process registration accounts, and provide participants with advance webinar access instructions.

Need help?
Having problems with your account? Email
Having problems completing your online registration? Email

Back to Courses, Modules and Webinars