This policy does not apply to animals that are used to assist persons with disabilities. Assistive animals are allowed in all public housing facilities with no restrictions other than those imposed on all tenants to maintain their units and associated facilities in a decent, safe, and sanitary manner and to refrain from disturbing their neighbors. The Cheyenne Housing Authority (CHA) has adopted separate Service and Companion Animal Policies.

Pets in Public Housing:

The CHA allows for pet ownership in its developments with the written pre-approval of the Housing Authority. Residents are responsible for any damage caused by their pets, including the cost of fumigating or cleaning their units. In exchange for this right, the resident assumes full responsibility and liability for the pet and agrees to hold the CHA harmless from any claims caused by an action or inaction of the pet.

Approval:

Residents must have the prior written approval of the Housing Authority before moving a pet into their unit. Residents must request approval on the Authorization for Pet Ownership Form that must be fully completed before the Housing Authority will approve the request.

Types and Number of Pets:

The CHA will allow only common household pets. This means only domesticated animals such as a dog, cat, bird, rodent (including only gerbils, hamsters and rabbits), fish in aquariums or a turtle will be allowed in the units. Common household pets do not include reptiles (except turtles). If this definition conflicts with a state or local law or regulation, the state or local law or regulation shall govern. It is prohibited to keep an animal which is in violation of local ordinances.

All dogs and cats must be spayed or neutered. A licensed veterinarian must verify this fact and documentation must be provided to CHA.

Only ONE pet per unit will be allowed. An exception may be granted to allow more that one fish within the capacity limits of one aquarium.

Any animal deemed to be potentially harmful to the health or safety of others, including attack or fight trained dogs, will not be allowed.

No animal may exceed FIFTEEN (15) pounds in weight projected to full adult size.

Pet Deposit:

A pet deposit of $250 is required at the time of registering a pet. The deposit is refundable when the pet or the participant vacates the unit, less any amounts owed due to damage beyond normal wear and tear. This same pet deposit is required regardless of the type of pet.