Our Pet Policy
THE MCCARTHY STONE PET POLICY? PETS ARE WELCOME!
We understand how important pets are to our homeowners, which is why, with a few exceptions, we welcome well-behaved animals into our retirement developments – while being mindful of the needs of pet-free people living in our communities.
Homeowners are allowed common domesticated household pets in their properties. However, under the terms of the lease, they must have written permission before the pet is allowed to move in. We always do our best to accommodate requests, but there are some pets which are not suitable, for example, venomous reptiles – for obvious reasons!
Homeowners are responsible for the care and wellbeing of their pet and must ensure that it does not foul or cause damage to any part of the development. The pet must also not cause any damage, injury, nuisance or annoyance to other homeowners or visitors. If these terms are broken, permission can be withdrawn.
For more information on development specific pet policies please contact our team.
THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A PET
Pets are great companions for homeowners and there’s evidence to show that pet ownership makes you healthier and happier too.
Research has shown that petting a dog decreases the stress hormone cortisol and helps decrease blood pressure and overall helps you feel less stressed.
Maintain a routine
Caring for a pet provides structure to the day – whether that’s feeding, walking or grooming.
Pets can also lead to more human connections. Often a great talking point and pets create an opportunity to interact with others. Animals also help you feel less alone or isolated when you’re at home.
Physical exercise is key to a healthy lifestyle. Having a pet that requires walking can be extremely beneficial to retaining good health later in life.