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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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Charities' XL bully neutering scheme closes

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 A scheme that helped owners of XL bully dogs with the cost of neutering has closed to new applications due to high demand.

The scheme, run by the RSPCA, Blue Cross, and Battersea, has helped 1,800 dogs and their owners after XL bullies were banned under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

In England and Wales, owners of XL bully dogs which were over one year old on 31 January 2021 have until 30 June 2024 to get their dog neutered. If a dog was between seven months and 12 months old, it must be neutered by 31 December 2024. If it was under seven months old, owners have until 30 June 2025.

More information can be found on the Defra website. 

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Avian flu cattle outbreak spreads to tenth US state

Cattle in two dairy herds in Iowa have tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), making it the tenth state in the USA to be affected by the ongoing outbreak of the disease in cattle.

Since March 2024, more than 80 herds across the USA have been affected by the virus and three dairy workers have tested positive. Authorities have introduced measures to limit the spread of the virus and farmers have been urged to strengthen their biosecurity protocols.

Mike Naig, Iowa secretary of agriculture, said: "Given the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza within dairy cattle in many other states, it is not a surprise that we would have a case given the size of our dairy industry in Iowa.

"While lactating dairy cattle appear to recover with supportive care, we know this destructive virus continues to be deadly for poultry."