Tag Archives: Pets in Housing

Pet-Friendly Policy: Please sign the Battersea Pledge

Many people are suffering needlessly when forced to choose between finding rental housing and keeping their companion animal. SCAS has supported its partner, Battersea, by signing their pledge to help show that renters want and deserve to experience the joys of pet ownership.

We encourage all SCAS members to also sign this pledge as individuals – you can do so here: https://bit.ly/3B9fJpz.

Vettimes article about the 2022 SCAS Conference

An article has been published in the recent issue of Vettimes about the annual SCAS conference on Pets in Housing. Written by John Bonner, the article summarises some of the key points from the event and highlights the importance of keeping pets and people together. You can read the article here:

If you missed the conference, a recording can be purchased by contacting scasinbox@gmail.com

Responses sought for White Paper on Reforming the Private Rented Sector

The UK Government is seeking responses to its White Paper on Reforming the Private Rented Sector. This is part of the levelling up reform agenda and includes a more permissive approach to pets in housing:


The deadline is 23 August, but you can request an extension (email: luhccom@parliament.uk).

Respondents don’t need to respond to every question – just those of relevance to their interest. Submission to Parliament re White Paper on Reforming the Private Rented Sector is via this link: https://committees.parliament.uk/submission/#/evidence/2700/preamble


The challenges of no pets accommodation, by Dr Elizabeth Ormerod BVMS

SCAS Chairperson Dr. Elizabeth Ormerod has written an article for Vet Times on the Challenges of no pets accommodation.  

In the first of a three-part series, this first article will provide an overview of pets in housing issues, discuss progressive legislative developments and explain why addressing pets in housing issues is the current priority for the Society for Companion Animal Studies (SCAS).

Pets in Housing is the focus of this year’s annual SCAS conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’ (Register here).

2022 SCAS Conference – Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?

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The Annual Conference is a highlight of the SCAS year and we hope you can join us for this exciting (online) event on 18th September 2022! This year’s SCAS Conference, ‘Pet Friendly Housing: How can we keep people and pets together?’, will focus on the challenges of pet restrictive housing and potential solutions. It’s a great opportunity for like-minded people to come together to hear the latest science and practice on a topic that’s important to the relationship between people and pets, supporting the bond to ensure people and pets stay together. International speakers at the forefront of research, policy, and education will help us learn about the latest advances in science as well as encouraging collaboration between researchers, healthcare professionals, and housing stakeholders who play key roles in improving access to pet-friendly accommodation.

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iNews article discusses the issue of pets in housing

An article just published in iNews discusses the issues and aguish caused by ‘no pet’ clauses in rental or temporary accommodation. Katie Grant interviewed various stakeholders, individuals, and organisations, including SCAS trustees.

Renting with pets: Thousands forced to give up cats and dogs because ‘only 5% of landlords allow animals’.

Read the full article here: