With loneliness and social isolation amongst older people on the increase, Hanover Housing Association continues to recognise the benefits pets can bring to later life.
For the fifth consecutive year Hanover has retained its RSPCA Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) and remains the only national housing provider to achieve this accolade.
The success is thanks to Hanover’s continued commitment to residents’ health and well-being and to the importance of responsible pet ownership.
Kevan Forde Head of Service Improvement for Hanover said: “ Hanover actively welcome pets to 632 estates. We very rarely turn away a pet – even on our Extra Care estates where residents can sometimes require more support. This approach works because our pet policy is based on responsible ownership: we encourage residents to consider alternative short or long-term pet care arrangements if their circumstances change
The RSPCA’S Community Animal Welfare Footprint is part of a scheme designed to celebrate, promote and reward the work of housing providers and other bodies in a number of areas that have an impact on animal welfare.
The scheme has three levels – bronze, silver and gold – which carry progressively demanding criteria.