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Dogs Trust Response To Government's Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper

2 weeks ago

16th June, 2022 16h34

Dogs Trust

James Hickman, Head of Outreach Projects at Dogs Trust, said: “With the number of people privately renting increasing year on year, and dog ownership at an all time high, we welcome the Fairer Private Rented Sector White Paper published by the UK Government, which includes proposals to make it easier for tenants to have much-loved pets in their rented homes. 

“Sadly, one of the biggest reasons we see dogs handed in to our rehoming centres is due to a change in the owner’s circumstances, such as being unable to live in a rented property with a pet. As well as this, people living in private rented accommodation are often not able to enjoy the benefits and companionship of a pet just because of the type of housing they are living in.  We believe that the benefits of pet ownership shouldn’t be exclusive to homeowners, but open to private and social renters as well.   

“For most dog owners, being separated from their dog is no different from being separated from a family member, so the introduction of the legislation proposed in the White Paper will help ensure that fewer owners are forced to make the heart-breaking decision to give up their beloved pets.    


“To increase the availability of pet friendly properties, Dogs Trust has been providing advice and resources to pet owners, landlords and letting agencies for more than a decade through our Lets with Pets scheme. We welcome the opportunity to work alongside the Government and other animal welfare organisations on the details of the legislation, to ensure it will effect real change in helping keep people and their pets together.” 

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