Editor's Note: The following policy is one way of addressing pets. Like all policies, it should vary with the specifics of the environment in which it is applied. Start with this, and make changes according to your own development.
Pets Policy (sample from Burlington, VT)
1. General Responsibilities:
Limits to Number of Pets
A Member household may have one dog or one cat. The Board of Directors will consider petitions for a second cat on a case by case basis. However, under no circumstances may any household have more than one dog or two cats. The Board retains the right to impose further limits on pets as the need arises. (For example, the Board may put a moratorium on new pets at any time, regardless if every household has met the maximum of one dog or one cat.)
Approval of Pets
All pets must be approved by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors will require all applicants with pets or Members hoping to get a pet to submit a reference for their pet or meet with a representative from the co-op for a Apet interview@ prior to final approval. The Board retains the right to reject any pet that does not meet the requirements of this policy or, in the Board=s judgment, may cause property damage or a nuisance to co-op members.
Condition of Animals
All dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered according to the following chart:
spay females by 6 months old spay females by 6 months old
neuter males by 6 months old neuter males by 9 months old
A certificate from the Humane Society or a veterinarian that proves that the pet has been spayed or neutered must be filed with the Co-op when the pet is registered with the Co-op, or within one month of the pet turning the required age. Exceptions may be granted by the Co-op Board which waive or delay these requirements. An exception requires a written statement from a vet indicating that the animal should not be spayed or neutered.
Members must clean up after their pets (stoop and scoop). Members must repair any damage a member's personal property and to Co-op property caused by their pets. Members must control their pets to prevent any chronic barking/howling or other noise that disturbs other members. Animals must be contained to the owner's unit. Dogs must be leashed at all times when passing through co-op common areas (lobby, hallways, etc.).
City of Burlington Pet Ordinance
According to the Burlington City Pet Ordinance, , it is illegal for any dog:
to be unlicensed, to be repeatedly at large, to attack other animals, to attack people, to chase vehicles, to damage private or public property, to defecate off the premises of the animals= owner and the owner in control of the dog fails to remove such deposits, to bark, whine, howl, or cry in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion so as to disturb the peace, to run at large, uncontrolled or unleashed. Dog owners violating these ordinances may be fined by the city of Burlington $50. To retrieve a dog from the pound costs $25 for 1st offense, $50 for 2nd offense, and $75 for 3rd offense. Pooper scoopers or dog deposit bags are required in all outdoor public spaces in Burlington. Please respect streets, occupants, especially children.
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