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Making Non-Profit Housing Pet-Friendly

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.



May 9, 2019


10:00 am - 11:00 am



Member Cost:


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.

What you will learn

  • 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


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.