Adelaide couple put down family cat after struggling to find pet friendly rental

Shattered couple are forced to PUT DOWN their beloved cat after struggling to find a pet-friendly rental home which left them on the ‘verge of homelessness’

  • Adelaide couple put down pet cat after finding no pet friendly rental homes
  • Jason and Fiona Bateman are devastated they’ve lost their pet cat named Kitten 
  • The couple say they were ‘genuinely on the verge of being homeless’
  • They’d asked a vet for help who said she’d likely be euthanised in a shelter 
  • Couple decided to put down their beloved cat in order to have roof over heads 

A couple have been forced to make a heart-wrenching decision and put their seven-year-old cat down after struggling to find a pet friendly rental home. 

Jason, 64, and Fiona Bateman, 54, had to move out of their Adelaide home that they’d rented for 14 years in April this year when their landlord sold the property. 

The pair battled to find somewhere new to live in the middle of a rental crisis and say finding an affordable home that allowed pets was even harder.

The pair claim they were on the ‘verge of homelessness’ before they found a home but it sadly didn’t permit animals.

The couple considered surrendering their cat named Kitten to a shelter but were told most were already overcrowded and she’d likely be euthanised.

Tragically, the pair decided to put down Kitten. 

Adelaide couple Jason and Fiona Bateman has made a heart wrenching decision to put their cat of seven years Kitty (pictured) down after being unable to find pet friendly accommodation

Adelaide couple Jason and Fiona Bateman has made a heart wrenching decision to put their cat of seven years Kitty (pictured) down after being unable to find pet friendly accommodation

‘We didn’t really have another choice and that’s been devastating for us and for Fiona in particular, having to give her only friend pretty much,’ Jason Bateman told Seven News. 

‘There was no reason for her to lose her life, but she did just purely so we could have somewhere to live.’

Mr Bateman said Kitten was Fiona’s constant companion and spent 99 per cent of her time with his wife, often sitting with her in a chair and sleeping on top of her.

The couple has been on South Australia’s social housing waitlist for 28 years and Mr Bateman said they were ‘genuinely on the verge of being homeless’ when they made the decision to give up Kitten.

Mr Bateman suffered a significant stroke three years prior meaning he is unfit to work and is also the carer for his wife, who suffers her own health issues. 

The couple considered surrendering their cat named Kitten to a shelter but were told most were already overcrowded and she'd likely be euthanised

The couple considered surrendering their cat named Kitten to a shelter but were told most were already overcrowded and she’d likely be euthanised

The pair had called their local vet and were informed the clinic had been getting similar calls every second day from other house hunters.

Mr Bateman said he and his wife are reminded of Kitten’s absence everyday.

‘Quite often in the night you’ll think ”oh is that the kitten”, you can hear her little feet wandering around or a noise, you think she must be eating something, but of course she’s not here,’ he said. 

Animal welfare charity Companion Animal Network Australia (Australia CAN) said the rental crisis is hard enough as it is for Australians without having to choose between a home and their furry companions.

CEO Trish Ennis is calling for governments to impose regulations preventing landlords from discriminating against renters with pets.

Ms Ennis said there had been ‘far too many pet surrenders’ based on rental and housing issues.

In Victoria landlords have to give a sufficient reason for denying a renter if they have pets. 

The pair have been on South Australia's social housing waitlist for 28 years and Jason said they were 'genuinely on the verge of being homeless' when they made the decision to give up Kitten

The pair have been on South Australia’s social housing waitlist for 28 years and Jason said they were ‘genuinely on the verge of being homeless’ when they made the decision to give up Kitten

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