Policy Example: Pet Rules

Proposal Name:         Creekside Commons Pet Rules

Proposal Number:     1

Distribution Date:     October 3, 2005

Committee:                General Meeting

Contact Name:           Pam Munroe   dpmunroe [at] telus [dot] net


Decision Type:                      

Long Term  High Impact



Ronaye provided background information and a sample pet policy which was distributed to members via e-mail.  A group of members, representing 8 of the 10 equity members, met in person and with written comments on September 25 and drafted a pet rule.  This was presented to the General Meeting on October 3 and adopted unanimously.



Clarity:  We want prospective equity members to know what is expected of them in regard to pets at Creekside.

Timeliness:  It is important to have this in place so that new members can make their decisions based on current information.

Consistency:  We want everyone to be treated fairly.



Because we believe pets are an important element of a healthy balanced community and that some people are uncomfortable with animals in their personal space, it is important to have these rules in place so that equity members know our intentions.







  1. Pets are an important element of a healthy balanced community and people have a right to enjoy pets within our community.  We welcome the inclusion of pets and value them as teachers and companions.
  2. People have a right to live in our community without being disadvantaged, made uncomfortable and/or endangered by pets.  Some people are afraid of unleashed dogs and some people are allergic to pets, with a wide range of severity.
  3. Unsupervised pets can be destructive to the environment.  This impact can include:
    1. Destruction of members’ gardens
    2. Reduction in the wild bird population
    3. Disturbance of natural plan communities
    4. Disturbance of fish and other wildlife in wetlands or creeks



  1. The following restrictions on pets will apply:
    1. Domestic cats, dogs, small birds, small fish, and small caged animals are welcome in the community.
    2. No animal that has attacked a human or domestic animal without provocation will be welcomed into the community or allowed to stay if it is already in the community.  As well, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers and any dog generally recognized as a pit bull or pit bull terrier including a dog of mixed breed with predominantly pit bull or pit bull terrier characteristics will not be allowed in the community.
    3. Any animal that does not fit a) above needs to be approved by the community as a whole.
    4. A maximum of two dogs OR two cats OR one dog and one cat will be allowed in each private unit.  NOTE:  We want this statement in our strata by-laws
  1. All pet owners are expected to maintain their animals in disease free condition either through   vaccination or by implementing naturopathic methods of pet care.
  2. Dogs are only allowed on common property when on a leash.  This includes the non-developed areas, in particular the creek and covenanted areas (where cumulatively they can cause significant environmental impact).  Exceptions MAY be granted if it can be demonstrated that the dog is sufficiently trained to be under control at all times.  Exceptions must be approved by the community.
  3. Dogs are allowed to be unsupervised in limited-common space back yards, provided they are not annoying other members by barking.
  4. Cat owners are responsible for the actions of their cats and for ensuring that they do not adversely affect other residents.  Owners are expected to control their cats, and to ensure that other residents are not negatively affected by their cats’ behaviour.
  5. Due to concerns about birds, members are encouraged to bring their cats inside from dusk until dawn (when primarily they hunt).  It is strongly encouraged that cats acquired after moving into the community be “inside” cats.
  6. Pet owners must retrieve and dispose of their pets’ excrement on ALL common property and other members’ private yards.  In the event that it is not clear which pet is the culprit, any owner of an outdoor pet can be considered responsible for cleaning up pet excrement in outdoor common areas upon notification.
  7. All cats and dogs must be either spayed or neutered, unless specifically granted an exception by the community.
  8. No pets will be allowed inside common buildings.
  9. Pet owners are responsible for repairing any damage done by their pets in the common areas.
  10. Any behaviour by pets, which concerns a resident, should first be discussed with the owner.  If the problem cannot be resolved directly, it can be brought to the community.