Fabrick Housing Group is one of only ten winners of the RSPCA's Bronze Footprint for Housing Award across the country for its efforts to advise residents about responsible pet ownership.
In the north-east, the group is one of only three organisations to be awarded a certificate for the work.
Fabrick Housing Group, which is the parent company of Middlesbrough-based landlords Tees Valley Housing and Erimus Housing, recently introduced a pets' policy, giving residents guidelines on their responsibilities and legal obligations surrounding pet ownership.
The policy also sets out the action that Fabrick can take if residents are found to be neglecting or cruelly treating their animals.
Susie Thompson, Group Director of Operations for Fabrick Housing Group, said: "We recognise that pets are very important to many of our tenants but if not managed properly, they can also be a source of nuisance to others.
"Our policy aims to ensure that pets are properly looked after, as well as being kept under control, for the benefit of residents, the wider community and the animals themselves."
The award scheme was introduced by the RSPCA in April 2008 as part of its Community Animal Welfare scheme.
The Housing Footprint aims to provide a way of recognising and celebrating public service providers and their staff for their work to improve animal welfare.
The award is given to organisations achieving an excellent standard in educating the public and also presenting a clear and positive policy approach to pet ownership.
Piers Claughton, the RSPCA's senior local government advisor, said Fabrick Housing Group: "should be proud of the work it has done to ensure the policies and procedures are in place to achieve this footprint." – less–ZoomInfo