Pet Policy

There will be no pets in the common house except official service animals. If a pet becomes a problem to the community, there will be a mandatory mediation process, and the community has the power to exclude or restrict an individual pet. Within our decision-making policy, this means that consensus to take action regarding an individual pet cannot be blocked unless it can be shown that the block is in the best interest of the community as a whole.

Indoor Pets

There will be no restrictions on pets within private units provided their presence does not cause a disturbance to neighbors. Outdoor pet rules will apply to indoor pets that accidentally get loose. The community strongly recommends that all indoor pets be spayed or neutered.

Outdoor Pets

The community will require that noise from outdoor pets be minimal to avoid causing disturbance to neighbors. The community strongly recommends, but will not require, that all outdoor pets be spayed or neutered.

Outdoor pet owners share joint responsibility for cleaning up after outdoor pets. (Assuming that dog owners will scoop as they go, this applies primarily to cat owners). Responsibilities may include inspecting the playground daily, removing excrement from private yards of neighbors, and removing excrement from common areas.

Outdoor pet owners will be jointly responsible for repairing or bearing the cost of any damage created by their outdoor pets, except in cases where one animal has been clearly identified to have caused the damage.

Dogs

Dogs will not be allowed to be in the common areas without a member of their household who can control them. Voice control of dogs is acceptable unless there is a problem. Dog owners are required to “scoop as they go” when their dog is in the common areas.

Dogs with a known history of aggression toward people or pets are not welcome in the community. Members whose pet might be a problem are hereby warned that they will need to make a choice between not bringing it to the community or instituting adequate controls. As certain breeds of dogs are bred for fighting and aggression, a consensus of the community will be required to bring in the following breeds: rottweilers, chows, pit bulls, german shepherds, akitas, and dobermans. Dogs with a history of protective behavior, e.g. growling or barking, will be under physical control of their owners. Wolves are not allowed in the community.

If a problem arises, a committee of dog owners will handle any issues, and a problem-solving approach will be taken. We acknowledge that a settling in period is necessary for dogs to get to know their new “pack” and to establish their pecking order.

Immunization

Owners of pets in the community are expected to maintain the health and well-being of their pets. This could include keeping immunizations up to date or by following holistic methods. Any animal that has a communicable illness must be isolated until it is well again and no longer a danger to other animals. All dogs in the community are expected to be licensed and have their legally required rabies vaccinations.