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New data highlights scale of pet-friendly rental issue
73 per cent of tenants currently own or aspire to own a pet, with one in three saying that pets help their mental wellbeing.
Half of tenants fear never owning a home.

New data from Battersea Dogs and Cats Home has found that one in two tenants fear they will never buy a home, limiting aspirations of pet ownership.

The charity, which often takes in pets from people who cannot find pet-friendly accommodation, is campaigning for more pet-friendly attitudes in the rented sector, allowing tenants to enjoy the mental wellbeing that owning a pet provides.

With the number of households occupied by private renters almost doubling in size over the last two decades, only 7 per cent of private landlords have listed their properties as allowing animals. 

Battersea's chief executive, Peter Laurie, discussed the issue: “At Battersea, we take in much-loved pets for many reasons – but one factor we see owners cite time and time again is not being able to find a rental property that allows animals. 

“It’s heart-breaking to see owners having to give up their cherished pets for lack of housing options.

“With long-term renting firmly on the rise, we’re calling on the Government to do more to increase the number of pet friendly homes across the country. 

“Not only will this help ensure more dogs and cats are able to stay in their original, loving homes, it will also allow more people to enjoy the many benefits of responsible pet ownership.”

Among other suggestions, Battersea has recommended that more landlords and tenants should be informed on the benefits of taking out insurance against pet damage. 

Further information on Battersea's Pet Friendly Properties campaign can be found here

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Laura Muir wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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 Veterinary surgeon and Olympic silver-medalist Laura Muir scooped the gold medal in the 1500m final Commonwealth Games on Sunday.

Winning Scotland's 12th title of the games, Muir finished in four minutes 2.75 seconds, collecting her second medal in 24 hours.

Dr Muir commented on her win: "I just thought my strength is in my kick and I just tried to trust it and hope nobody would catch me. I ran as hard as I could to the line.

"It is so nice to come here and not just get one medal but two and in such a competitive field. Those girls are fast. It means a lot." 

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Views sought on NOAH Compendium

Users of the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) Compendium app and website are being asked to share their views on how it can be improved.

In a new survey, users are asked about some suggested future developments, such as notifications for new and updated datasheets, sharing links to datasheets, and enhanced search functionality.

It comes after NOAH ceased publication of the NOAH Compendium book as part of its sustainability and environmental commitments. The website and the app will now be the main routes to access datasheets and view any changes.