Dear Friends & Colleagues,
I’ve often opened workshops by saying, “Loving animals is the easy part.” Over the past 5 months, we have been living and persisting through the hard parts. And as we dig in and make our way through the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, we look up to see there is a new crisis demanding our attention.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates 30 – 40 million renters are at risk of being evicted by September 30th, and with 72% of renters owning pets, the number of animals displaced with their people could be catastrophic. In the coming months, we can expect to be called to support the people in our communities in new and, probably, challenging ways. As an industry, we must respond to this sobering forecast with a wholistic approach to keeping people and pets together.
The Association is proud to partner with The Humane Society of the United States in creating and disseminating the Eviction Response Toolkit. In it you’ll find background information on the projected crisis, community support programs you can replicate, advocacy resources, and sample documents for everything from temporary placement agreements to press releases to letters to the editor – all designed for you to consider in your organization’s approach to keeping people and pets together.
Content highlights include:
- Eviction Crisis One-Pager
- Denver Animal Protection Displacement/Eviction Relief Program
- Regional Housing Legal Services’ Eviction Moratorium Maps
- Animal Welfare League of Arlington’s Safekeeping Agreement
Together, we are one. Through collective preparedness, we can help mitigate instances of families faced with the heartbreaking decision of choosing between a place to live and the pets they love. Please help us spread the word about this critical issue and the resources available to help us navigate it. If you know of any helpful materials to add to the toolkit, or or have suggestions for improvements, please reach out to email@example.com and let us know.
Stay safe. Stay healthy.