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Saturday, 24 February 2018 13:22
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Swannie Swanepoel van Bronkhorstspruit skryf:
Ek verwys na dr Van der Merwe se artikel waarin sy kapsie maak teen beheerliggame van aftree-oorde en ouetehuise wat nie honde en katte toelaat nie.

Ons woon in ’n aftree-oord met 40 huise. Die huise is redelik naby aan mekaar en daar is geen heinings en hekke tussen die huise nie. Stel u voor hoe dit sal wees as elke huis net een hond of kat het. Ons weet almal dat katte nie binnenshuis gehou kan word nie en ek glo geen eienaar van ’n hond sou dit ook wou doen nie. Ek kan net dink hoe dit sal gaan in ’n ouetehuis waar die woonstelle en kamers meestal binne een gebou is.

Om voor te stel dat beheerliggame iemand kan aanstel om die diertjies vir wandelinge te neem en agter hulle skoon te maak is darem effe absurd.

Voëltjies in klein koutjies is goeie geselskap, min moeite en hulle pla nie die bure nie.
Naskrif: Ek is nie ’n lid van enige beheerliggaam of komitee nie.

Dr Liesel van der Merwe answers:
As a vet I am unfortunately often requested to euthanize the healthy pets of people moving into a retirement home or into a complex, because rules do not allow them in. This is extremely traumatic for many of the pet owners (and vets) and makes the move even more stressful.

Some retirees enjoy their independence, don’t miss having pets at home and want a lock-up-and-go lifestyle with lots of travel. Others want the companionship of a pet.

Where there is a will a way can often be found. It’s just my impression that these days we are not prepared to personalise anything for anybody.

Why not place clauses into contracts that a pet is allowed if certain criteria, such as sterilisation, cleaning-up with a ‘poo packet’ and proper pet restraint in mixed use areas, are met and the benefit will be removed if these are not.

An additional levy can be charged for pet owners, which will cover extra cleaning duties by the gardener as well as legal costs if letters need to be written.

Many retirement complexes are separately walled units, and not open such as yours, and still do not allow pets. Many normal townhouse complexes are also starting to exclude pet owners. People who live alone or older people whose family lives far away, often overseas, will benefit from the presence of a pet as long as the size of the pet is adapted to the owner and the property, thus minimising disruption to other residents.

Many studies have shown that stress levels and depression are reduced in people with pets. Smaller dogs may well be fine as indoor animals. In Europe and the UK many pets live mainly indoors but are well adapted and are walked several times a day.

Your perception that it is cruel to keep a dog indoors is incorrect. Pets could be allowed – even in an ‘open’ complex such as yours. All that is needed is education and information and a willingness to make a plan from both the pet owners and the non-pet owners in a complex.

I have also lived in a complex and know how these two groups can be polarised by bad behaviour of one or two people in the pet-owning group.

I hope this clarifies the situation. This month’s column is geared towards determining the suitability of a pet and their perceived quality of life in different living conditions.

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