Wellington could be leading in pet friendliness, Share a Pet say
I f your landlord won't let you have a pet, there's a solution.
Wellingtonians everywhere can start sharing their pets through a website called Share My Pet.
Some of their fur members include dogs, cats, rabbits, horses, mini ponies, chickens and recently the first Cockatiel.
The human members can pop over to people's houses to hang out with their furry friends, or volunteer to walk dogs - whatever the parties agree to.
It was launched in Nelson last year and the owners visited the capital over the weekend to talk to the pet owners sharing their animals.
Co-founder Lili Wenzel said they want more of the city's students to get involved.
"Some of them can't have a pet or they live in accommodation where they can't," Wenzel said.
"I think pets and students work beautifully together and they can bring happiness to each other."
Currently Wellington has about 150 pet sharers registered on the website.
But Wenzel said there was room for more, and said Wellington could be leading the way to New Zealand being a more pet-friendly country.
"Europe is so pet friendly ... New Zealand could learn from that."
Visiting Wellington this weekend, Wenzel said she was able to visit many cafes and bars where animal sidekicks could hang out, too.
"There's a lot of potential for Wellington to become leaders for pet friendliness in New Zealand."
To get involved, pet owners or pet sharers can sign up for a profile on the website sharemypet.co.nz.
Similar pet sharing websites exist in the UK and the US.
Long-term, Wenzel plans to direct profits into animal welfare non-profits, both in New Zealand and abroad.
They also have an interest in raising awareness of animal welfare and creating a more pet friendly New Zealand.