Like the rest of Europe, the UK is heading into a ‘lockdown’ with the Coronavirus. You are stuck at home on your own or with the family. ‘Cooped up’ for a long time indoors can be tricky, especially with children who are off school with no sports or activities.
Walking the dog becomes the way to go out and get some fresh air. The dog unites the family through its unconditional love. Dogs and cats curl up next to you and that has a calming effect on people.
To protect the elderly, people, including teenagers, are offering to walk their dogs, so they get regular exercise. Dogs are bringing people of all ages together and bonding local communities.
Pet care and self-care are linked. When you take a dog out for a walk, people talk to you. Before you know it, you have a ‘dog walking’ circle of friends. This leads to going for a coffee after a walk and a social life evolving.
Pets have evolved to become acutely attuned to humans and our emotions. Dogs, for example, are able to understand many of the words we use, by the tone of voice, body language, and gestures.
Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your cardiovascular health. Caring for an animal can help children grow up more secure and active. Pets also provide valuable companionship for older adults. Perhaps most importantly, though, a pet can add real joy and unconditional love to your life.
Pet owners aged over 65 make 30% fewer visits to the doctors than those without pets. A pet does not have to be just a dog or cat; even watching a goldfish or fish in an aquarium can relax you and lower your heart rate.
At Pets Lets we list & find pet friendly London properties. When you consider the above points, which are all positive from a health and well being perspective, landlords and agents still say no to tenants having a pet. Given the choice between a prospective tenant with or without a pet, without is easier. We have witnessed it on a regular basis.
Less than 10% of London properties are pet friendly. Yet nearly half the UK population have a pet. Some properties are only cat-friendly. This is because people are concerned about a dog barking and people complaining. Babies scream and cry, people play loud music or have their TV on a high volume or even damage the property by having a party; yet the dog that may or may not bark is more of an issue.
Times like this with the Coronavirus brings people together. Pets make people happy. Landlords and freeholders need to use this time to reflect on their antiquated mindsets and consider allowing people to happily live with their pets. Bring on London pet-friendly rentals.
London is a pet-friendly city with all sorts of dog events https://thedogvine.com /or https://paaw.house/ or https://thelondog.com/ London property is behind the ‘curve’ and rental properties need to be more pet-friendly.
Russell Hunt is the Founder of Pets Lets, loves pets and has a Beagle/ Bassett. We specialise in London pet-friendly rentals. We have been working in the London property for over 20 years. We are using our experience to help people find homes with their pets and raise the issue of the shortage of pet-friendly accommodation in the Capital. To find out more, email us at [email protected] or follow us on Instagram @petslets