Living Ruff

 

Living Ruff

We strongly believe in the mental, emotional and physical benefits of the relationships between people and pets. For some homeless people, their pet is often the only positive thing in their lives and the idea of having to give up their pet can cause major distress to someone who is already suffering hardship.

We offer a range of community outreach services for homeless pets and their people to help them remain together while they get back on their feet, and to be as healthy and happy as they can be. These include distributing food for pets through our charity partners, providing emergency boarding for pets, and access to veterinary services.

We also attend regular scheduled events to provide advice on animal health and welfare, distribute flea and worm treatments, and raise awareness of the services that are available. In addition, we lobby for increased availability of crisis accommodation that includes pets. For more information, please email livingruff@rspcansw.org.au or phone (02) 9782 4408.

what RSPCA NSW is doing

Working closely with partners and foundations
a number of community initiatives have been set up

Access to food for pets

Often people with pets who access soup kitchens for food will feed their animals and go without themselves. We believe both pets and people should have access to food and our partner charities have agreed to distribute on our behalf through their soup kitchens.

Access to veterinary services

We have designed a scheme to provide access to veterinary services so that pets can receive routine treatments such as vaccinations, worming and flea control. We hope the scheme will also provide assistance in the event of an illness or accident.

Emergency boarding and foster care

Most accommodation providers for homeless people do not currently accept pets. We will look after pets so that people can gain access to interim accommodation with a view to finding a permanent place to call home where they can be reunited with their loved pets. Emergency boarding will also enable people to access mental and physical health services for themselves, without the added worry of their pet’s wellbeing and safety.

Education and outreach services

We attend regular scheduled events to provide advice on animal health and welfare, distribute flea and worm treatments, and raise awareness of the services that are available. We also hope to assist accommodation providers with the aim of encouraging increased availability of crisis accommodation that includes pets.

When the program is fully rolled out, we believe that Living Ruff will provide a comprehensive range of much needed community outreach services that will benefit pets, people and the community. Of course, all of these great services cost money to provide and we are currently seeking funding to enable us to provide all of the services in the program as soon as possible.

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How you can help

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