The Montreal SPCA is looking for someone to adopt the cutest furry BFFs

She got the rest of the kitchen utensils, as well as her entire collection of baseball cards, including a 1995 Vladimir Guerrero rookie card in mint condition. He made a fuss before giving in, but in no way wanted to part with the dog.

While COVID-19 has put a strain on many marriages in Quebec, producing a windfall of broken relationships, the Montreal SPCA is trying to avoid these kinds of high-conflict scenarios by facilitating the divorce of four-legged and two-legged creatures. paws with its Lasting Relationship campaign.

“Acquiring an animal is a long-term commitment,” said Sophie Gaillard, director of animal advocacy and legal affairs at the Montreal SPCA in an email interview. “Statistically speaking, a relationship with a cat or dog has the potential to last considerably longer than a romantic relationship. It is therefore within the framework of a responsible pet owner to consider what will happen in case of rupture.”

The Montreal SPCA encourages couples to sign a custody agreement for their pet

As part of the campaign, the Montreal SPCA has come up with an agreement to help couples decide who gets the dog (or cat, I guess) when a relationship breaks down.

The first document of its kind to be publicly available in Quebec, the Standard Pet Sitting Agreement can be obtained pro-bone-o on the Montreal SPCA website.

“The signing of the pet care agreement we are making available today is at the discretion of pet owners,” Gaillard said. “However, we hope that such agreements will become common practice during the adoption process, not only at the Montreal SPCA, but throughout Quebec. ”

Divorces have increased during the pandemic

Montreal SPCA

Quebecers are apparently very fickle when it comes to marriage, with about half of all unions ending in divorce. This is according to the Quebec Institute of Statistics (ISQ), which found that the highest risk of a breakup was around the fourth year of the relationship.

Conversely, dogs (11 years old) and cats (15 years old) can live much longer than average, according to the SPCA, and their relationship commitment skills are rock solid.

Additionally, COVID-19 has put a strain on many marriages, producing a boom time for divorce lawyers who report “an increase in the number of separation consultations since the start of the pandemic,” according to a press release. .

In addition, common-law unions, which represent 38% of couples in Quebec, “tend to be more unstable than marriage, according to demographers from the University of Montreal and the ISQ,” he continues.

The SPCA urges animal lovers to sign their petition

Montreal SPCA

Currently, the law treats our precious fur babies as mere furry possessions.

In the event of a divorce, the courts decide who keeps the animal based on who bought or adopted it “without considering the best interests of the animal,” Gaillard said.

Along with the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Quebec, Simon Jolin-Barrette, who has undertaken a reform of family law in Quebec, the Montreal SPCA has also launched a petition asking that the Civil Code of Quebec be updated. to ensure that animal welfare is considered in matters of separation or divorce.

“Such a provision would not only promote animal welfare, but it would also save a lot of grief for estranged spouses who, overnight, could find themselves completely deprived of contact with an animal they considered a true member of their family. family,” said Gaillard.

“It would also make Quebec law much more consistent when it comes to animals,” she continued. “The Civil Code of Quebec was updated in 2015 to recognize that animals are not things but rather sentient beings. Yet family law continues to treat them as things, rather than family members.

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