For the fourth consecutive year, Hanover Housing Association has retained its RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint.
The success is thanks to the age exclusive housing provider’s continued commitment to animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
The RSPCA’S Animal Welfare Footprint is part of a scheme designed to celebrate, promote and reward the work of housing providers in a number of areas that have an impact on animal welfare.
The scheme is now in its sixth year and attracts entries from across England and Wales. There were 29 participants in the Housing category, with Hanover achieving one of only three silver footprint awards, and the only national housing association to do so.
The scheme has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – which carry progressively demanding criteria.
Rona Nicholson, Chief Operating Officer for Hanover Housing Association says: “We are delighted to retain this award.
“Pets offer valued companionship and research suggests pet ownership can also offer a range of therapeutic and health benefits, including low stress levels and reduced risk of heart attacks and strokes.
“We actively welcome pets to our 600 plus estates. In fact, being pet-friendly is one of our selling points and we very rarely turn away a pet – even on our extra care estates where residents can sometimes require more support.”
Lenny Rolles, the RSPCA’s Senior Parliamentary Advisor for Local Government says:
“It is pleasing to see that in spite of the tough economic climate faced by housing associations Hanover have demonstrated a commitment to animal welfare. The RSPCA are delighted to award the prestigious RSPCA Silver Housing Footprint to Hanover Housing Association, in recognition of the steps that the association have taken to acknowledge the important role animals can play in maintaining the health and well being of their residents. We look forward to their continued participation in the scheme and an ongoing commitment to animal welfare”