If you want to have a pet you must register it with us before you get it. If you haven't registered a pet yet, please do this.

For many people, pets are an important member of the family and can help mental and physical health.

Many of us at mhs homes have pets too, so we know how special they are.

When you can't have a pet

Most of our customers are allowed to have pets. The most common reasons for not being able to keep a pet are:

  • You live in one of our supported living foyers
  • You live in one of our supported living schemes where you share a building with other customers (we'll allow pets in bungalows with private gardens)
  • You have a restriction in your lease or covenant (we'll let you know if this applies when you register the pet)
  • Or you live in one of the homes below:
    • Lyon Court
    • Regent House
    • Datchery House
    • Durdles House
    • Foord House
    • Cloudesley House

We have to make sure all pets are only kept in places that are suitable for them, are cared for and kept in a way that doesn’t disrupt the neighbours.

If we become concerned about the number of pets you have and it's causing a problem, we’ll talk to you about this.

If your pet disrupts other residents and you don’t take action to resolve it, we'll have to take action and this could mean asking you to remove your pet.

Animals you can and can't keep as pets

Animals you can keep as a pet:

  • Most cats and dogs (see what you aren't allowed below)
  • Small animals such as rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs
  • Small birds
  • Fish
  • Registered guide dogs

Animals you can’t keep as pets include:

  • Certain types of poisonous snakes, spiders, primates and monkeys*
  • Any type of bird of prey such as kestrel, owl, or buzzard*
  • Pit Bull Terriers*
  • Japanese Tosa*
  • Fila Brasileiro*
  • Dogo Argentino*
  • Wild animals and non-domestic animals
  • Livestock

*It's against the law to keep these animals under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.