|Trillium Hollow Pet Policy - Thanks For All The Input||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Charles Maclean (advocatephilanthropynow.com)|
|Date: Tue, 27 Jun 2006 10:33:39 -0700 (PDT)|
Fellow Cohousers - After many years of indecision we've adopted a new pet policy. It appears below. Thank you to Gathel Weston and Tom Fielden, Trillium Hollow champions for getting it through the buy-in process. And thank you to all the communities that contributed their perspective to the national survey of pet policies. Now we're tackling a new work share policy. Charles Maclean Trillium Hollow Cohousing Member Portland, Oregon Trillium Hollow Pet Policy, 2/25/06 Overview Statement: We as individuals have chosen to live in community at Trillium Hollow in order to emphasize and nurture personal relationships and to live harmoniously with each other and our environment. Therefore, when making decisions we must consider not only our own needs and desires but must also take into account the needs and desires of each other even when those needs may be different from or in conflict with our own. When making decisions regarding pets, consider the following. Many of us take great joy in the companionship offered by animals and this must be respected. For some the natural environment is of principal importance, therefore we prefer that pets do little or no harm to the vegetation and no harm to the animals that share our community space. To others the tranquility of Trillium Hollow is of primary importance, so it should be kept in mind that barking has been a major issue in the past and created serious problems for the community. To others respect for living creatures is paramount, therefore the harming or killing of any animal will not be tolerated. What follows are the guidelines we have agreed to for keeping pets in the Trillium Hollow community. While the community is reluctant to impose absolute restrictions or limitations on the ownership of pets, there are some situations that justify exceptions. An exception will be made when the needs and desires of different groups are in conflict. When a compromise does not serve the interests of either group or the community, an absolute restriction will be imposed. Two examples are the banning of certain dog breeds and the prohibition against free roaming pets. Guidelines: 1. All applicable laws regarding the ownership, vaccination, treatment, abuse and/or neglect of pets and other animals must be followed. Community bylaws must be followed and in the event that the pet policy and the community bylaws are in conflict the bylaws will supersede the pet policy. 2. No pets are allowed in the Common House (except service animals), in the wetlands, the bio swale, and in the creek or along its banks. 3. The permitted areas for your dog's daily toiletry are the berm east of the cob bench and off property. All feces must be cleaned up immediately both on and off property. Feces and litter should be bagged and placed in the garbage dumpster only. Cat litter may not be disposed of in toilets. 4. Pets are not allowed to be free roaming. Pets must be accompanied by their owner or designated caretakers at all times but are not required to be on a leash. However, the community may require that you keep your pet on a leash at all times while in common areas for the following reasons: a. Habitually entering off-limit areas b. Aggressive or unruly behavior c. Chasing or stalking other animals d. Failure to be accompanied by owner or caretaker Cats who occasionally escape from their owner's units should be kindly corralled and returned to their owners. Cats who habitually and frequently escape will be considered to be in violation of this guideline. 5. No pet shall be allowed to become a nuisance or create any unreasonable disturbance. Examples of nuisance behavior are: a. Pets whose behavior causes personal injury or property damage. b. Pets who exhibit aggressive or other dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior. c. Pets who make noise continuously for a period of ten minutes or intermittently for 1 hour or more, creating a disturbance at any time of day or night. d. Pets who relieve themselves on walls or floors of common areas. e. Pets who are conspicuously unclean or parasite infested. f. Pets who kill or injure other animals. 6. Residents are responsible for the pets of guests who visit their unit; these pets are subject to the same restrictions as resident pets. 6. The permitted areas for your dog's daily toiletry are the berm east of the cob bench and off property. All feces must be cleaned up immediately both on and off property. Feces and litter should be bagged and placed in the garbage dumpster only. Cat litter may not be disposed of in toilets. 7. The types of pets you may keep at Trillium Hollow are not regulated except for the following dog breeds. These breeds are banned: Rottweilers, Pitbulls (American Staffordshire Terrier, Pitbull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, English Bull Terrier, Bull Terrier), Fighting Dog Breeds (such as Dogo Argentino, Tosa Inu, Filo Brasileiro/ Brazilian Mastiff and Perro de Presa Canario) and Akita. All other breeds must be covered under their owner's or caregiver's homeowner's or renter's insurance policy or other liability insurance. 8. Some animals that are legal to purchase are acquired through illegal or unethical means. This is particularly true of tropical birds and saltwater fish and saltwater invertebrates. When choosing a pet, Trillium Hollow favors the purchase of captive bred animals. Not only will this assist in protecting the natural environment but you are also likely to get a healthier pet. Do your research and make informed choices. Policy Compliance/Enforcement Most of the requirements of this policy reflect on the behavior of the pet owner/caregiver in the training and management of their pet. When the owner's management of a pet's behavior results in problems as described in this policy, the steps described in the paragraphs below indicate the process to be taken to resolve the issue and if possible, bring the pet's behavior back into compliance with this policy. 1. Any resident observing an infraction of any of these rules is encouraged to discuss the infraction in a neighborly fashion with the pet caregiver/owner in an effort to secure voluntary compliance. 2. If the complaint is not resolved, the complaining resident and/or the pet caregiver/owner should bring it to the Steering Committee. If the Steering Committee is in agreement with the complaint, the pet caregiver/owner will receive written notice of the violation. If, upon three violations, the problem is still unresolved the issue will be referred to the Board of Directors. 3. The Board of Directors is responsible for enforcing the pet policy in accordance with the Trillium Hollow bylaws. Enforcement may include the permanent removal of the noncompliant pet. If this is the resolution of the issue, the pet caregiver/owner will have 30 days to remove the pet from Trillium Hollow. 4. At the Board of Directors' or Steering Committee's discretion, immediate arrangements for a meeting by the Board may be made if the nature of the complaint involves injury or the imminent threat of injury to a person or animal or the abuse or neglect of a pet. In the case of the imminent threat of injury to a person or animal, the Board of Directors may require the permanent removal of any pet. In that case, the pet caregiver/owner will have 3 days to remove the pet from Trillium Hollow. In the case of injury to a person or the abuse, neglect or injury of a pet the board will take immediate steps to correct the problem. Note: While it would be nice to treat all animals with the same respect there are a few exceptions. Wild rats and wild mice are excluded from protection; however we should attempt to eliminate anything that might attract them and only turn to extermination as a last resort.
Trillium Hollow Pet Policy - Thanks For All The Input Charles Maclean, June 27 2006
Re: Trillium Hollow Pet Policy - Thanks For All The Input Sharon Villines, June 28 2006
- Re: Trillium Hollow Pet Policy - Thanks For All The Input Trudy Reeves, June 28 2006
Re: Trillium Hollow Pet Policy - Thanks For All The Input Regan Conley, June 28 2006
- Re: Trillium Hollow Pet Policy - Thanks For All The Input Sheryl Rapée-Adams, June 28 2006
- Re: Trillium Hollow Pet Policy - Thanks For All The Input Sharon Villines, June 28 2006
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