If you live in Singapore, you are probably familiar with the concept of an HDB flat. These living units are designed for family groups and couples. They rank among some of the most expensive real estate properties you can get in the country, but the income of two family members should be able to cover the costs of living in one. Many people begin their roads to form a family in an HDB Flat, but according to government regulations having a pet in your unit is not as easy as having a kid.
If you are an animal lover, you will be either outraged or impressed at how many regulations you will find when it comes to having a pet at home. The most obvious choice is a dog and even with an overflowing population of canines in Singapore, and many organizations in place to take care of them, getting them prepped for adoption, it gets pretty tricky to have a dog in your flat. The following is a list of the things you need to before getting a dog if you live in an HDB unit.
One Flat, One Dog
The punishment seems a bit excessive, and the reasoning behind it, it’s outdated for many animal rights organizations. While the regulation doesn’t exclude the possibility of having a secondary pet in your unit, you can’t have two dogs living under the same roof unless you are staying in a private condo. It seems that many of these regulations are in place to avoid an increase in the overpopulation of dogs. Breeding could very well take place indoors if owners have a male and a female dog with them. If your goal is to have more than one pet for your family, your dog will need to be trained on inter-species bonding.
The List of HDB-approved Dog Breeds
Australian silky terrier
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Chinese Imperial chin
Chinese Temple Dog
Coton de Tulear
Dandie Dinmont Terrier
English Toy Spaniel
German Hunting Terrier
Jack Russell Terrier
Japanese Spaniel (Chin)
Little Lion Dog
Small Continental Spaniel
Small English Terrier
Smooth Fox Terrier
Toy Fox Terrier
West Highland Terrier
Wire-haired Fox Terrier
Secondary Pets are Allowed, But Not Cats
Even with such a strong ruling in place, a lot of people still have cats in their HDB flats. They are often perceived as peaceful creatures by the inhabitants of these units. Even so, if a neighbor reports an HDB owner, he could face excessive-high fines. It’s best to avoid any issues by keeping the cat indoors at all moments and installing cat screens on the windows of the unit, otherwise, the cat might fall to its death, or he could interrupt the peace of a neighbor.
Many animal organizations in the country keep lobbying against this regulation since the population of cats in the country is almost as large as dogs.
The Ever-Present Discussion to Modify or Flex Animal Laws and Regulations in Singapore
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