08-12-2015, Alliance for Animal Friendly Housing (AAFH), A Coalition formed by Thirty-Four Animal Concerned Parties Requests The Government To Review Dog Keeping Policy in Social Housing

(HONG KONG, 8 December 2015) The Alliance for Animal Friendly Housing (AAFH), a coalition formed by THIRTY-Four animal concerned parties, submitted in writing to the Permanent Secretary for Transport and Housing on 8 December 2015 requesting for a full review on the policy with respect to the keeping of dogs in Public Rental Housing and other Social Housings under its management.

According to statistics published by the Census and Statistics Department in 2005 and 2011 respectively, pet ownership in Hong Kong has risen from 297,100 cats and dogs kept in 2005 to 514,100 in 2011, a sharp increase by 39.7% over six years. Dog ownership alone has increased by 25% to 247,500 dogs kept in 2011.

Pet ownership in Public Rental Housing and Social Housing has been a repeated social and animal welfare concern for many years. "Statistics indicate society's strong expectations and needs on this subject matter", Gloria Li, spokesman of AAFH says. "We believe that new rules should be developed or the basic policy on permitting residents to keep dogs should be changed to be more equitable - reflecting both the needs and wants of current and future residents who may wish to keep a dog as a companion."

Repeated incidences of evicting dogs by the Housing Authority in 1996 and 2003 had left many families heart-broken and blameless dogs died as a result. In 2003, animal concern groups brought the eviction of dogs to the public and media's attention resulting in a grandfathering arrangement being granted by the Housing Authority, allowing dogs that complied with specific criteria to remain with their owners to live out their lives. More than 13,000 dogs were granted permission to remain - this in itself serves a strong evidence that it is possible for dogs to live harmoniously in Public Rental Housing apartments.

AAFH urges the Government to take into account the varying needs of different members of the society and requests to meet with the Housing Authority to share the Alliance's assistance and advice in developing a Policy that is more in line with the Government's commitment to an overall "Animal Friendly Policy".

For more information, please contact Ms Gloria Li at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Issued by STOP! Save Hong Kong's Cats and Dogs on behalf of the Alliance for Animal Friendly Housing.

Members of the Alliance for Animal Friendly Housing include:
Animals Asia Foundation
Animal Earth
Animal Friendly Alliance (AFA)
Animal Friends
Animal Saver HK
Cat Society Hong Kong
Cheung Chau Animal Care (CCAC)
Companion Animal Federation (CAF)
Concern Group for Pets (CGP)
Dog Rights Concern Group (DRCG)
Give Dog A Home (GDAH)
HK Rescue Puppies
Home Dog Home
Hong Kong Animal Adoption Centre (HKAAC)
Hong Kong Animal Assisted Therapy Association (HKAATA)
Hong Kong Dog Club Union
Hong Kong Dog Rescue (HKDR)
Hong Kong Guide Dogs Association
Hong Kong Seeing Eye Dog Services (HKSEDS)
Hong Kong Society of Herpetology (HKHERP)
Kirsten Zoo
Lifelong Animal Protection (LAP)
Mongrel Club
Protection of Animals Lantau South (PALS)
Rescue Centre for Abandoned Pets (RCAP)
Sai Kung Buffalo Watch (SKBW)
STOP! Save HK's Cats and Dogs
The Society for Abandoned Animals (SAA)
The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
Professor Amanda Whitfort, Hong Kong University
Dr Howard Wong, City University
Dr Douglas Ku