Pets and Collective HousingIntroduction of the Video Produced by CAIRC
"Living With Pets in Collective Housing"
(VHS, 20 min)
Produced by CAIRC in 1999

Pets are able to add enjoyment and fulfillment to the lives of humans. In the aftermath of the Jan. 1995 Kobe-Awaji earthquake, companion animals played a major role in the recovery effort, providing emotional support for the victims of the disaster. Many people found that interaction with pets eased their minds and gave them hope for the future.

In recognition of that role, the first pet-friendly public housing complexes in Japan were built as part of the reconstruction effort. These housing projects include common areas on the premises specifically designed to give pets space to play in, and each unit includes numerous adaptations to pet ownership. This video describes the project in detail, from the nuts-and-bolts aspects of architectural design to policy and management issues to interviews with local authorities behind the project and residents as well.

Pet-friendly collective housing arrangements like this are rapidly increasing, and the video also refers to the architectural and management policy issues facing a number of them. For instance, in one collective housing project near Tokyo that allows pets, easily replaceable flooring reduces the importance of damage by pets, and plans have been worked out to provide common play areas, pet doors and grooming rooms. Pet owners are also forming associations and establishing rules that take into consideration residents without pets. These are among the ways in which the video shows pet owners creating a harmonious environment for people and their pets.(VHS, 20 min.)