It’s never advisable to keep a pet in a property without the landlord’s consent. If you have taken on a pet, speak to your landlord straight away. They may give you written permission to keep it, if you meet certain conditions to show you are a responsible pet owner.
Here are some ways you can show you are responsible pet owner:
Include the contact details of your veterinary practice, proof of microchipping, details of vaccinations, flea and worming treatments, any training courses attended, and someone who can care for your pet in an emergency.
Blue Cross can offer veterinary care to pets when the owners cannot afford the fees.
The RSPCA offers low cost veterinary care to those that qualify
The PDSA Pet Care Scheme is just £4.50 a month and gives your pet access to:
You can join if you live in the right catchment area and you claim/receive any of the following:
If the pet has been part of a renting household before, provide a reference from their previous owner/landlord. You will show it is well behaved and has not previously caused any problems.
If you haven’t got a pet but would like to, you may put your landlord’s mind at ease by introducing them to the animal first.
The Institute of Modern Do Trainer’s website provides details of qualified trainers in your area.
Puppy training can cost as little as £50 for a course, or £75 for one to one behavioural training.
The following websites also provide helpful hints and tips to train and manage cats and dogs:
If your landlord has given you permission to keep a pet in your property, make sure you get it in writing. You should ask for a clause to be added to your tenancy agreement, which contains the things that you have agreed on. Make sure that any ‘No Pets’ clauses are removed. This will prevent problems from arising in future.
If you adopt an animal at Beale Park you will receive a mug, a complimentary ticket each year, regular updates, an adoption certificate, and your name on the adoption board at the park.