Care home wins national award for allowing residents to keep pets

Hanover Gardens in Gorleston has been awarded the RSPCA's silver community animal welfare footprint

Hanover Gardens in Gorleston has been awarded the RSPCA's silver community animal welfare footprint for its contribution to improving animal welfare across its estate. Residents Lesley and Edward Reynolds with pet dog Brandy. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A care home in Gorleston has received a national award for allowing its residents to keep pets.

Hanover Gardens, off Links Road, has been awarded the RSPCA's Silver Community Animal Welfare Footprint for its contribution to improving animal welfare across its estates.

Residents Lesley and Edward Reynolds live in the community with their pet dog Brandy.

The couple said being able to live with their pet dog had a positive impact on their wellbeing.

Rachel Williams, senior parliamentary advisor for the RSPCA, said: 'These awards are a chance for these public sector organisations and housing providers who have really made a difference or come up with an inspiring new idea to improve animal welfare within their communities.'

Allowing pets to stay with their owners stops them having to be re-homed.