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Ensure your pets board with licensed premises this bank holiday

27 March 2019

Pet owners are being advised to ensure they check the licences of kennels and catteries when making plans for their pets, ahead of the bank holiday weekend. 

As many residents prepare for their holidays and look for somewhere to board their beloved pets, Rushcliffe Borough Council is reminding owners that licensed premises are the safest option for those wanting to book their animals an insured and stress-free stay. 

Animal Welfare Licence

Residents can check whether boarding services, breeding facilities, day care centres and riding stables hold the necessary licence by using the public register available on the council’s website at 

The animal welfare section of the register provides the details of all licensed premises alongside a rating system that reflects the quality of the accommodation and procedures carried out by the establishment whilst pets are in their care.

Rushcliffe Borough Council Executive Manager for Neighbourhoods Dave Banks is stressing the importance of owners verifying a premises’ licence before allowing pets to stay there.

He said: “All establishments providing boarding for cats and dogs should hold an Animal Welfare Licence to verify the quality of care pets receive.

“To ensure your pet is safe whilst you are away on holiday, always check that the boarding service you use is appropriately licensed before booking your pet’s stay.

“Any pets injured in unlicensed premises’ care may not be covered by the establishment’s insurance policy.

“Competent, fully insured and licensed premises across Rushcliffe can be found with just a quick check on the public register, giving you further piece of mind the service you choose is inspected by our officers.”

The Animal Welfare Act 2018 states that any premises selling animals as pets, providing or arranging for the provision of boarding for cats and dogs, hiring out horses, breeding dogs and keeping or training animals for exhibition should hold an Animal Welfare Licence.

Premises found to be unlicensed can be prosecuted.

For more information on licensing queries, email or call 0115 981 9911.