SCAS conference 2018

SCAS Conference 2018

Pets in Housing: Promoting Health and Wellbeing

Saturday 17 March 2018, College of Animal Welfare, Headland House, London Road, Godmanchester, Huntingdon, PE29 2BQ


Join Us

Join us for this one-day conference as we hear about research from leading authorities into how the human-animal bond promotes health and wellbeing and discuss this in relation to housing issues. We will explore, debate and capture actions to help focus attention and drive solutions to ensure pet owners are not forced into making an impossible decision: choosing a pet or choosing accommodation.

We encourage anyone involved in housing to join us to hear about pet owner committees and how they manage pet owner issues in housing, perspectives from initiatives overseas and how pets create safer, friendlier communities.

Click here for the conference flyer.

Conference aims

The aims of the Pets in housing 2018 conference include:

1) To raise awareness of how a ‘positive pet policy’ promotes health and wellbeing
2) To highlight the consequence of not allowing pets into housing
3) To help landlords, housing associations, local authorities, care home owners, politicians and other stakeholders better understand the human-animal bond and its benefits throughout society
4) To push for legislative change to allow pets in housing across all sectors. To make the evidence available to Government, MPs and others and encourage them to promote the reasons why pets should be allowed in housing, supported by SCAS.

Who should attend?

  • SCAS members
  • Landlords, tenants’ associations, housing trusts, those involved in housing
  • Social workers
  • MPs and Government representatives
  • Psychiatrists and psychologists
  • NICE representatives, NHS staff, mental health workers
  • Vets, veterinary nurses, animal welfare organisations
  • Care home organisations, housing charities, Age Concern,
    other stakeholders
  • Press

Speakers include:

PhD candidate in Population and Public Health at the University of Calgary, Canada
How restrictions against keeping pets in rental housing impacts young people

Senior lecturer in law, University of Northumbria
An overview of international pets in housing legislation

Scientific leader for human-animal interaction, WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition
The health and social benefits of the human-animal bond

Dogs Trust
Scale of problems facing animal shelters from pets surrendered due to housing, an overview of the Lets with Pets project

Vet and founder of StreetVet
Her work with charity StreetVet, offering free veterinary treatment to homeless people and their dogs on the streets of London and other cities

Conference fees

The conference is free to SCAS members.

The fee for non-SCAS members is £50.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided.

To reserve your place, all delegates must complete a booking form. Non-SCAS members will additionally need to pay £50 to secure their place.

To make a booking/payment, please click here.


If your organisation would like to display some of its materials, relevant to the theme of the conference, please contact SCAS in advance by emailing

Travel details

Further details can be found on the College of Animal Welfare website 

Rail: The closest station is Huntingdon, which is a few minutes by car/taxi. It is on the main line from London King’s Cross and Peterborough.

Road: The College of Animal Welfare has excellent main road access being only half a mile from the A14, a few miles from the A1 and just a few minutes away from Huntingdon town centre.

For further details on travel and suggested accommodation, please click Directions and accommodation.