77% of gated communities face pet-related tensions, reveals Mygate survey


  • A striking 77% of gated communities face tensions between pet owners and non-pet owners.
  • These disputes often stem from noise complaints (25%), pet waste issues (60%), safety fears (44%), and allergies (17%).
  • Only 10% of communities enforce strict breed restrictions, while a notable 45% aim for inclusivity while ensuring everyone’s comfort and safety.
  • Nearly all RWAs (99%) maintain designated pet areas meticulously to uphold community standards.
  • A significant 68% establish clear guidelines for pet behaviour and owner responsibilities to foster mutual respect.
  • 32% of communities create specific zones for pet activities to minimize conflicts, promoting peaceful coexistence.

Over the past year, pet management in gated communities has sparked nationwide debates and protests, from allegations of discrimination against pet owners to serious pet accidents. To understand this issue, we conducted a survey in Mygate communities, revealing significant tensions and diverse perspectives on pet ownership & management.

Community pets often strays, live freely within communities. They sleep, eat, and interact as they please, leading to mixed reactions from residents.
A substantial 80% of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) voiced complaints, seeing these pets as sources of conflict between pet owners and non-pet owners. Mini from Mumbai highlighted a common sentiment: “It’s unheard of in other countries—stray dogs in gated communities. Dogs should have owners.”

Major causes of pet-related conflicts

In contrast, indifference toward community pets is prevalent in places like Chennai, although resident-owned pets spark high emotions and divisions. Our survey revealed that 77% of gated communities experience conflicts between pet owners and non-pet owners. Common issues include noise disturbances (25%), pet waste management (60%), safety concerns (44%), and allergies (17%).

Residents like Shahdab from Sarjapura, Bengaluru, face challenges due to a lack of designated pet areas, forcing them to walk pets outside the premises. Souvik Das from Akshayanagar, Bengaluru, shared that despite the community’s pet-neutral stance, some residents object to pets in common areas, leading to frequent disputes.

The type of pets and their breeds also influence conflict frequency. Communities with certain dog breeds often face more disputes, prompting RWAs to implement specific policies. About 10% of communities enforce breed restrictions, while 45% prioritize inclusivity while ensuring safety and comfort. RWAs adopt various strategies, such as maintaining designated pet areas (99%), setting clear pet behaviour guidelines (68%), and enforcing vaccination & health check requirements (32%).

Dog Breed Piechart
Only 32% RWAs have implemented pet breed restrictions

A Noida RWA member emphasized the recurring issue of pet-related accidents. In contrast, a Bengaluru pet committee member highlighted the community’s focus on education and responsible pet ownership over strict breed restrictions, promoting a harmonious environment.

Strategic initiatives by RWAs have shown positive outcomes. Residents appreciate the efforts such as dedicated pet zones to balance the needs of pet owners and non-pet owners, fostering inclusivity and support.

Examples of successful policies include pet registration on Mygate and the vaccination program, which reduced health concerns and enhanced community cohesion.

Pet chart
Steps taken to reduce pet-related conflicts in society

Effective pet management in gated communities requires a holistic approach, blending empirical data with resident experiences. By understanding conflict’s root causes, implementing inclusive policies, and fostering respect and responsibility, RWAs can create harmonious environments for pets and people. “It’s about creating a community where everyone feels valued, regardless of their pet companions,” noted a Delhi RWA member.

This exploration is crucial amid rising polarized social media debates over pets. Understanding the varied and often positive interactions between pets and humans can inform the creation of pet-friendly solutions that enhance community living for all.

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