Sone Curves Cohousing Pet Policy
Introduction from 7/1/06 Cohousing-L message:
From: Gina, Stone Curves, Tucson, AZ NetiPotLady@aol.com
Pet policy, Stone Curves Cohousing
The following pet policy was written and consensed upon before move in. It
was done with the advice and help of numerous cohousing pet policies and
tweaked to our environment ie. having a outdoor cat (especially left out at night)
in Tucson close to the river or washes is quite dangerous for the cats as
there are coyotes that come to town for meals also we have a major feral cat
population problem. We are now in the process of adding a pet park to our site
so that dogs can get some exercise here without being taken to a park away
from their home.
Stone Curves Cohousing
Stone Curves Pet Policy
Our community includes many pets. Community members acknowledge the fun,
affection, comfort and meaning these animals add to their families' lives. We
also acknowledge that some members may prefer (or are prevented due to
allergies) neither to have pets nor to interact with others' animals. This policy
regarding pets is intended to promote a harmonious relationship among pets, pet
owners, and non-pet owners and a peaceful, clean, and safe environment for
Each pet owner is responsible for his/her animal's behavior and should see
to it that the pet is not a nuisance or danger to others. If a member has a
concern about a specific pet, he/she should speak directly to the owner.
1. Domestic pets ("domestic pets" are dogs, cats, hamsters, gerbils, guinea
pigs, rats and mice, fish, birds, rabbits, turtles, snakes, small reptiles
and amphibians, but not endangered and other non-domesticated animals or
livestock) may do what they wish inside their private residences as long as their
behavior does not interfere with the community's quality of life and the City
of Tucson ordinances.
2. With the exception of service dogs, no pets shall be allowed inside the
Common House or pool or playground areas. No pets are allowed in the Community
3. Owners are expected to thoroughly clean up their pets' poop at the time
of deposit in all outdoor areas.
4. Out of consideration for other community members, residents are not to
leave dogs unattended outside resulting in prolonged or disruptive barking.
Dogs are not allowed to wander loose. They must be on a leash at all times
(except in fenced/walled backyards).
5. Cats are to be kept indoors except when walked on a leash or kept
contained in backyards or on balconies. It is unhealthy for the animals as well as
the community environment for them to roam unattended. Keeping them and all
loose pet foods indoors (where it can't be an enticement to feral cats and
other such animals) will serve to cut down on the homeless cat population drawn
to the site. Pet foods may be stored outdoors in secure sealed containers.
6. Pet owners are expected to prevent their animals from destroying private
or community property. Pet owners should be sensitive to the fact that other
community members may feel threatened or frightened by animals. The owners
should monitor and if necessary control their pets behavior.
7. Pet owners are to be responsive to concerns expressed by others regarding
noise or other problem behavior. The process/mediation team will be
available to assist in resolving disputes which may arise between community members,
if the dispute cannot be resolved between the parties themselves.
8. The community encourages all pet owners to regularly immunize their pets
(beyond the required by law for licensing, rabies inoculations). The vets in
this area suggest for cats and dogs living in communities where they are in
close contact with other animals, Bortatello, Parvo Distemper, and Giardia
immunizations since these diseases are either highly contagious and/or difficult
and expensive to cure.