Explore the work RSPCA NSW does to help animals and their owners in the community.

Community Homelessness Program

RSPCA NSW strongly believes in the emotional, mental and physical benefits of the relationships between people and pets. For some homeless people, their pet may be the only positive thing in their lives. The idea of having to give this much-loved animal up can cause major distress to someone who is already suffering hardship. Through our Homelessness program, we assist pet owners who are currently homeless. This includes pet owners who are couch surfing, sleeping rough or in temporary accommodation.

Services our Homelessness program offers include:

  • temporary foster accommodation and/or emergency pet boarding
  • financial assistance for veterinary treatment
  • financial assistance with impound fees

This community program was previously known as Living Ruff.

Community Homelessness Program FAQs

Each situation is assessed on a case-by-case basis, and cost may depend on which services are required. Please contact the RSPCA Community Programs helpline (02) 9782 4408 or fill out the form below to see how we may be able to assist.

The Homelessness program is available throughout New South Wales. All enquiries come through our Sydney office, so more regional area enquiries may take longer to action.

No, this service is available to all pet owners and their pets who are couch surfing, sleeping rough or in temporary accommodation.

We accept referrals directly from those needing our help, as well as from family, friends, or services that may ask for assistance on their behalf.