Case study: Stroud District Council, Gloucestershire
In 2013, Stroud District Council in Gloucestershire, having consulted with tenants, rolled out a new pet policy to its sheltered housing tenants to allow pet ownership with the permission of the Council.
Previously, tenants had been allowed to bring existing pets when moving in but were not allowed to acquire new pets. Councillor Mattie Ross felt this ignored the obvious benefits of pet ownership, particularly with tackling social isolation and improving mental health, and wanted to improve the pet policy.
The new policy allowed sheltered housing tenants to keep a pet with the Council’s permission and specified that cats must be neutered, microchipped and have up-to-date vaccinations. This new policy was a hit and in 2014 was extended to all of the Council’s social housing tenants. The requirement for cats to be neutered has helped prevent problems with multi-cat households and stray cats and feral cat colonies.
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