Housing Staff Celebrate Silver Sucess With Jim the Parrot
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
A 35 year old pet parrot called Jim and his owner joined housing staff from Hanover Housing Association as they celebrated retaining the organisations RSPCA Silver Community Animal Welfare Footprints (CAWF).
The national retirement housing provider received the award thanks to its continued commitment to residents as a pet friendly housing provider.
The Parrot which is owned by Hanover resident’s Mr and Mrs Di Matteo was brought to the UK after the couple moved from South Africa.
Mr Anillo Di Mateo from Bowling Green Court in Frimley commented that he was pleased to hear that Hanover had won this award.
The Di Matteo’s, who have brought Jim up since he was a chick were very surprised whilst clearing out his cage recently the couple discovered that Jim had laid a couple of eggs. This means that Jim is actually a female Parrot.
The Animal Welfare Footprint is part of a scheme to celebrate, promote and reward the work of local authorities and housing providers in a number of service areas that have an impact on animal welfare.
Participation in the scheme has more than doubled in size with the society receiving over 150 applications from 109 different organisations in 2012, compared with 66 from 49 in 2008.
The scheme has three levels - bronze, silver and gold - which carry progressively more demanding criteria.
Anne Everson from Hanover Housing Association said; “We are delighted to have received the award.”
“Next year we will hopefully be going for gold.”