[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - (amenity=kennel)

Andrew Errington erringtona at gmail.com
Thu Sep 13 10:13:39 BST 2012

On Thu, 13 Sep 2012 18:00:19 Martin Vonwald wrote:
> 2012/9/13  <teuxe at free.fr>:
> > Thank you for your proposal.
> > Couldn't we have some more general tagging for this purpose? Such
> > facilities can generally keep other kinds of animals (like "SPA",
> > "Société Protectrice des Animaux" in France) so why having a specific tag
> > for dogs?
> Actually I just revived an old proposal for stables [1]. My first
> thought was to simply use stables=<animal> until someone with much
> better english language skills pointed out that stables usually only
> refer to horses. I would also like to see one common tag for "some
> place where animals are kept and taken care of". Any suggestions from
> native speakers?

I'm not sure if a common tag would be ideal.

Off the top of my head we have 'stables', 'kennels' and 'cattery'.  Each name 
is very specific.  Also, they are not limited to welfare (lost, abandoned or 
abused animals), there are commercial businesses which look after animals 
while their owners go on vacation.  Since they generally look after the same 
kind of animal (not mixed), this should be indicated by the tag, i.e. 
amenity=kennels, amenity=stables, amenity=cattery

For the welfare situation I suppose we could have amenity=animal_shelter, or 
animal_sanctuary.  These generally do have a mix of animals, but of course 
dogs and cats are most common.  There are also specialist shelters for birds, 
seals, otters etc., but probably "animal_shelter" would cover those too.

Just my thoughts on the matter.

Best wishes,


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