Animal companions are important in many people's lives. For those experiencing homelessness, these companions may be a best mate and considered family - providing companionship, security, emotional support andunconditional love. Basic human needs that may not be met elsewhere.
Unfortunately, many services supporting people without conventional accommodation do not have the capacity to included animal companions.
The conversation is increasing in this space, and initiatives such as Pets in the Park are helping people take care of their animal companions.
Pets in the Park - runs free pet health clinics for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness in many states in Australia. - At each pet clinic veterinarians and vet nurses provide free health checks, vaccinations, flea treatment, worming treatment and basic medication for pets.
Ruff Sleepers (Sydney) - offer a free and mobile pet washing service, access to flea/worm treatments, referrals to free vet clinics and information about homeless services for people with dogs. - advocate for the rights of homeless people with pets, especially for the right of housing.
Pet Food Bank WA - A collection and distribution service assisting shelters, rescue groups and families to feed the animals in their care.
Government of WA Dept of Communities - Crisis Accommodation Program (CAP) Pet Policy - The Pets in Crisis Program (Program) is a key strategic objective of Communities which seeks to remove any barrier for women and children escaping domestic violence who have a pet and fear for their pet if they were forced to leave it behind. - The Program provides veterinary care, behavioural training and foster care for the pets of women and children escaping domestic violence, for the duration of their stay in a CAP property.
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