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East Riding calls on residents to ensure they use licensed pet care while on holiday Published Date: 19/03/2023

The council is calling on pet owners to make sure that they are employing licensed carers for their pets when on holiday.

The time of year is quickly approaching when many families start to think about heading off for holidays, there's often the need for your family dog to be well looked after whilst you enjoy your break.

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council's Licensing Team strongly advise you do not leave your beloved pet anywhere that doesn't hold a licence, whether that be in kennels or with a home boarder.

Home boarding offers an alternative service which is different to kennelling or pet sitting, where someone opens their home to provide care and accommodation for your dog. Your dog will then live in their home whilst you're away and will have access to a safe and secure garden or outside space and be walked daily.

Most home boarders will be happy to take your dog for as long as you need which can include overnight stays. Home boarders will be insured and must be licensed by the Council.

The licence ensures the house and the carers have been vetted to ensure your dogs needs can be fully met.

If you see people advertising a boarding facility for dogs, please ensure you check they hold the appropriate licence before you leave your family pet there.

Louise Wilson, health, safety and licensing manager at East Riding Council, said:

"There are many great options for people to ensure their pets are well looked after whilst they are one their holidays. However, it's important to confirm they are licensed to ensure your pet gets the best possible care.

"Dogs are huge parts of people's families, and the council acknowledges this. That is why we need to do everything in our power to keep these pets safe and secure, whether they're at home or with a registered carer."