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  • Going for gold! Housing association given animal charity's top award for committment to welfare

    Danielle Thompson

    A RETIREMENT housing association has been given a charity's gold award for its commitment to pioneering initiatives around animal welfare

    Hanover Housing Asssociation, which has properties Netherton on Leonard Cheshire Drive and Sandalwood on Coronation Road in Crosby, is celebrating being named as the first national housing organisation to achieve the RSPCA’s PawPrint Gold Award.

    While many landlords do not encourage pets, Hanover has taken a different approach, encompassing pet plans alongside those for care. The charity claims that pet ownership is beneficial to physical, social and psychological wellbeing among older people and states that studies have found that companion animals can lower blood pressure and help to regulate the heart rate during stressful situations, something which can lead to less reliance on the health system and a reduction of care costs.

    Rachel Williams from the RSPCA said: “It's great to see Hanover achieving our prestigious Gold award. This is a real testament to the hard work of Hanover staff, their commitment to animal welfare and the health and happiness of their residents.”

    Mark Lake, director of housing and support at Hanover added: “Our residents' well-being is a top priority for us. For many years we’ve recognised that pets can provide great companionship and also give older people a greater sense of purpose, so it has been vitally important that we provide the right environment that allows that to happen.

    “Being so pet friendly is one of our key strengths and is something that attracts many older people to live on a Hanover estate. We know there are many benefits - individually and collectively - as a result of residents owning pets, so we are obviously delighted to be the first national organisation to be awarded the Gold standard.”

    For 10 years, the RSPCA has sought to celebrate, promote and reward the work of housing providers and other bodies in a number of areas that improve animal welfare. This is the first time, however, that the world’s longest-serving animal welfare charity has awarded a national organisation a gold award for going above and beyond in the services they provide.


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