Hope Project

Helping dogs whose owners are homeless or in housing crisis


It’s important to consider the hygiene implications of allowing dogs in your hostel.

Illness - Some diseases and illnesses that are common in dogs can be transmitted to humans. This is more likely in people who have a compromised immune system but it is important to take steps to prevent this. Ensure all dogs in your hostel are regularly treated for fleas and worms and vaccinated annually. Any dogs showing signs of illness should see a vet for advice or treatment - we can help with the cost of vet bills through our vet scheme.

Fouling – Most dogs will be toilet trained so fouling inside the hostel should not be a problem. However, you should make dog owners aware that it is their legal responsibility to clean up after their dogs. Contact your local authority or dog warden to find out if they can provide free poo bags for your residents. Many local authorities provide designated dog bins in parks and dog walking areas. Otherwise, dog owners should bag the dog poo securely and dispose of it in a normal waste bin.    

Food Preparation Areas – Dogs should not be allowed into any area where food is prepared, handled or stored for commercial purposes, such as your kitchen or food store room. However, this would not apply to residents’ rooms if they have a kitchen or food preparation area. Dogs are allowed in areas where food is served so you can allow dogs into your dining room if you wish. However, it’s advisable to keep dogs that are unwell away from areas where food is served until they are fully recovered.

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