Real estate agents urged: warm up to animals

Rugged-up Rex the Jack Russell is cuddled by carer Hayley Stepchuk at the RSPCA at Mowbray. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Rugged-up Rex the Jack Russell is cuddled by carer Hayley Stepchuk at the RSPCA at Mowbray. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

LAUNCESTON RSPCA manager Lorraine Hamilton is concerned that real estate agents are not doing enough to promote the welfare of animals.

With winter approaching, Ms Hamilton has reiterated that cats and dogs need to be kept inside, so they have companionship and are sheltered from the elements.

But the 24-year animal carer admitted rules and regulations surrounding pet-friendly rental properties often made it difficult for pet owners to take proper care of their furry friends.

``Renting properties is a big one,'' she said.

``Often real estate agents and property owners will have this thing where they state that tenants can have a dog, but it can't come inside.

``But dogs that are left outside are more likely to become destructive and become a nuisance, compared to dogs that are brought inside.''

Ms Hamilton said there were several measures local pet owners could take this winter to ensure their pet was kept safe and sound.

``Our animals are like us. They start to feel the cold and get a bit arthritic as they get older,'' she said.

``So it's even more important that they are kept warm and dry.

``Ideally, dogs would always be inside with their families. People often think the dog doesn't come inside, but stats show when dogs don't come inside, they are more likely to end up in shelters and pounds.

``I think that's because they get anxious about being on their own and that leads to stress.''

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