Pets at risk from fake licence scam

Following reports of fake animal licences on social media, dog owners are urged to make sure that anyone who offers a home boarding service is legally allowed to look after their pets.

Home boarding offers your dog the opportunity to stay with a boarder in their own home. Your dog is treated as one of the family. Home boarders require a licence to offer home boarding or day care services from their property.

Hart's Environmental Health team advises that anyone looking to use a home boarder service should check it has the correct licence, displayed in a public-facing area.

Licences have a unique reference number and registered business are stored on our  registered home boarder list  on the Hart website.

Please contact the team if you cannot find a home boarder listed or you have concerns that a business is operating without a licence on 01252 774421 or email

We also recommend that you should visit to the premises to ensure it is suitable for your pet.

For further information, please visit our animal welfare licensing page on the website.

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