Caring for the pets of the homeless
A group of animal lovers will be getting together this Friday to pack essential supplies for pets of homeless people.
With the cost of living continuing to rise, many people are losing their homes and being forced onto the streets.
With pet ownership also increasing, many of the homeless are now living on the streets with their beloved pet.
Pets of the Homeless Corporate Volunteer Day 2022
Pets of the Homeless (POTH) is hosting a Corporate Volunteer Day tomorrow to raise awareness of the increasing crisis.
POTH, a volunteer-run organisation, was established in 2015 to help homeless people and their pets stay together.
Providing the homeless with essential pet care takes away the worry that person might have about caring for their companion.
Members of Petspiration Group will tomorrow gather to pack these essential items and distribute to those in need.
POTH Founder and CEO, Yvonne Hong, says volunteer days are great for businesses to get involved and make a difference.
“The rising cost of living in Victoria is placing pressure on pet owners and we’re seeing a number of them struggle to make ends meet, impacting their ability to provide basic care and essential resources that their beloved pets require,” says Yvonne.
“With the help of other volunteers and businesses, we can maximise our impact and continue our mission to help keep vulnerable people and their pets together by alleviating the burden of providing essential pet care during times of hardship.
“Since our inception in 2015, we have distributed over 800,000 meals through our pet food relief program and extended our services to provide veterinary care as well as a safe shelter for pets via our emergency boarding and foster care program.”
Items packed and distributed will include nutritious pet food and treats, and the Petspiration Foundation (formally known as PETstock Assist) has also donated winter dog coats to keep the dogs safe, warm and comfortable.
The Petspiration Group
Founded in 1991, the Petspiration Group is a network of pet care brands both in Australia and internationally.
Managing Director, David Young, is proud to help ease the burden on Victorian pets and their owners.
“We’re proud to partner with POTH and support their incredible work to relieve the burden on vulnerable pet owners,” says David.
“Pets are an important part of our lives, and struggling to provide them essential care can be stressful for owners.
“Through this volunteer day, we hope to play a part in POTH’s journey towards making a change to the lives of pets.”
Pets of the Homeless
To learn more, or to find out how you can support POTH, visit www.petsofthehomeless.org.au
You can also follow POTH and their wonderful work on social media!
To find out more about the Petspiration Group, head to the Petstock website
To read about other people doing amazing things for animals see our piece on caring for pets in floods.