Pets

Pets

Pets in South Cambs Homes

Having a pet can hold a huge value and we feel that it is important to promote responsible pet ownership.

Here you can find guidance and advice for adding a pet to your family, and an overview of our policy for pets.

To request permission to have a pet in your home, please fill in the online form below. Download our Responsible Pet Ownership leaflet to find out more.

Request permission to have a pet

Things to consider

Pet ownership can bring you comfort and companionship, but also the responsibility of looking after another. Before introducing a pet to your home, do consider:

  • Are you prepared for the time and money investment having a pet brings?
  • Will you be able to care for them during their whole life?
  • Are you able to meet their exercise needs?
  • can you meet their emotional needs?
  • Will you be able to properly train your pet and prevent any anti-social behaviour? (for example, noise)
  • Is your home suitable for them? Can suitable care, shelter, food and water be supplied?
  • if you have children, will your pet be suitable around them? What is their temperament like?
  • will you be able to look after medical conditions, whether it be worming, de-flea or specific medication if prescribed by a vet
  • have they been vaccinated, spayed, and/or neutered? 
  • Who will look after them if you are unable to? (for example, holidays and health) Can friends or family help or is there a kennel/cattery you could use?
  • will you be able to factor them into your daily routine and any emergency plans that you have in place?
  • if you are thinking of a dog, have they been microchipped? (dogs must be microchipped before the age of eight weeks) 

Dogs must also wear a collar in public to display its owners name and address. The collar doesn't need to have the dogs name, in fact leaving their name can help against theft as the dog may respond to their name. For full information please see Article 2 of the Control of Dogs Order 1992.

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Conditions of keeping a pet

You are responsible for your pet’s welfare and it is expected, without question, that you will act responsibly in relation to the welfare of your pet, other members of the household, visitors, the surrounding community, and yourself.

In addition to this:

  • please keep us informed of how many pets are kept at your home
  • make sure your pets are well behaved to avoid causing nuisance or anti-social behaviour in your community
  • we expect dogs to be appropriately microchipped
  • dogs legally must wear a collar that displays their owner’s name and address when in public, and walked on a lead whilst in built-up areas
  • Do keep dogs unchained
  • we recommend microchipping pet cats as this improves chances of them being returned to you if lost
  • breeding or sale of animals is not allowed in your home
  • boarding kennels cannot be run from your home
  • you hold responsibility for your pets behaviour
  • any damage caused by pets will be rectified and paid for by the pets owner
  • do regularly clear and clean any litter trays
  • communal areas must be kept clear of pet housing (such as hutches) and litter trays for safety reasons
  • make sure your pet has  proper care in place for them if they will be alone for long periods of time
  • clear up any fouling from your pet straight away and properly disposed of it afterwards
  • keep your pet under supervision when they are in communal areas
  • additional items needed to keep your pet safe and under control (such has additional fencing) must be source and paid for by yourself

Find out more about this from the Animal Welfare Act 2006

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What our tenancy agreement says about pets

Anyone living in a house or bungalow may have one domestic pet without needing to ask for permission from us, though we do ask that you inform us so we can make sure your households records are up to date.

If you live in a flat, upper-maisonette, or would like more than one pet, do fill out the Pet Permission Request Form first. We wont withhold permission without reason, but some conditions must be considered, including:

  • the size of your home
  • what kind of home you live in
  • your location
  • what kind of pet you are planning to keep
  • access to open spaces

The types of pets we generally would consider suitable to provide permission for are:

  • Domestic dogs
  • Domestic cats
  • Non-venomous/poisonous reptiles, snakes, spiders or insects

Applications are assessed on a case by case basis, though it is unlikely that permission would be granted for:

  • venomous animals
  • farmyard animals
  • wild animals
  • banned animals (unless a court order has exempted them)
  • cockerels

As a pet owner, you must ensure that your pet (or pets) do not cause nuisance or anti-social behaviour in your community.

Any breed of dog specified as dangerous in the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 or any animals registered under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (unless a court order has exempted them) must not be kept at or brought to South Cambs homes.

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Responsibilities

You have a legal responsibility to provide suitable care for your pets. The Animal Welfare act outlines five needs areas that must be met for your pets. They must be:

  • given a suitable environment
  • have a suitable diet
  • able to exhibit normal behaviour patterns
  • housed with, or apart, from other animals
  • protected from pain, suffering, injury or disease

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Rabbits

Rabbits need a big enough space for them to run, hop, dig, stand upright on their back legs (without touching the roof of the enclosure) and be able to comfortably stretch out. With this in mind, they should be given a large living space that is secure, dry and comfortable.

The Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund recommend that a minimum area of 3m by 2m by 1m is suitable for two average sized rabbits (whether they live indoors or outside).

Rabbits are social animals and not having another rabbit to interact with can have negative effects. Do keep rabbits in pairs unless a qualified vet has stated otherwise (for example, due to behavioural issues). If you are unsure, contact a vet or a qualified animal behavioural specialist for advice.

Rabbits will need a place to hide away as they can be very scared around predators (for example dogs, cats and birds).

In order to care for your rabbit properly we strongly advise you take a look at some of the leaflets available online from animal welfare organisations. These have a wealth of information and help provide you with the knowledge to provide your pet with a good quality of life.

Check out places such as the RSPCA, the Blue Cross and the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund for more information and advice.

Did you know? Rabbits have teeth that continue to grow all the time! Grass and hay help to wear them down.

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