Housing Staff Celebrate Silver Success With Nakini at Cedar Lodge, Crawley
Published by Rob Ghosh for Hanover Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities
An 18 month old pet dog called Nakini and her owner joined housing staff from Hanover Housing Association as they celebrated retaining its RSPCA Silver Footprint.
For the third consecutive year, the national housing provider for the over 55s has received the award thanks to its continued commitment to animal welfare and responsible pet ownership.
The dog, which is owned by estate manager Carolyn Henry was brought to Cedar Lodge in Crawley after she moved from Cheshire to start her role as the new estate manager.
Carolyn, who has brought up Nakini up since she was a four month old puppy was thrilled when the residents at Cedar Lodge welcomed Nakini as the estate dog and offered to take her out in the communal gardens for afternoon walks.
Residents have spoken so fondly of the dog that Carolyn has regular visits to the office from grandchildren asking to see the dog and give her a cuddle.
Carolyn said: “Although Nakini is a large breed she truly believes she is a lapdog and will take any opportunity to ‘try’ and curl up on somebody’s knee. After a rough start in life where she was mistreated by breeders she is very thankful for the love and attention she now receives from her owner and the residents.
The RSPCA’S Animal Welfare Footprint is part of a scheme to celebrate, promote and reward the work of housing providers in a number of areas that have an impact on animal welfare.
The scheme is now in its sixth year and attracts entries from across England and Wales. There were 28 participants in the Housing category, with Hanover achieving 1 of only 3 silver footprint awards.
The scheme has three levels - bronze, silver and gold - which carry progressively more demanding criteria.
Rona Nicholson acting chief executive of Hanover Housing Association said; “This is a fantastic achievement which comes on the back of our recent success at the Cinnamon Trust pet friendly housing awards where our estate at Runnymede Court in Boner Regis was voted the most pet friendly estate in the country.”