For many people without a home, pets provide constant support, love and companionship. Homeless people often have to choose between their pet and accommodation, with most preferring to live rough on the streets than go without their beloved companions. Luckily, there are some wonderful accommodation options that open their doors to not only the homeless, but their animals.
Jewish House is a NFP organisation in Bondi led by Rabbi Kastel to provide assistance to those in the community without a place to call home. They also provide kennels for the homeless with pets, so vulnerable Australians can get the help they need without having to choose between their animal companions. Not only do they provide accommodation for the vulnerable, but also offer case management services to support individuals and families to get back on their feet. Rabbi Kastel and Jewish House work amazingly hard to address the issue of homelessness in NSW. It’s wonderful to see a shelter recognise and support the bond between owner and pet, no matter what the circumstance.
The Common Ground Project in Camperdown provides affordable, safe and permanent housing to those in the community suffering from chronic homelessness. With the help of The Mercy Foundation, the Common Ground community is “pet friendly”, allowing tenants to keep pets. In addition to this, the Wentworth Community Housing Project at Penrith also welcomes pets, offering subsidised accommodation for homeless men and women.
In addition to these accommodation options, there are program such as the RSPCA’s Living Ruff Program look after pets so people can access interim accommodation and look to finding a permanent home, before being reunited with their companions.
These are all wonderful organisation that support the bond between homeless people and their pets, it’s what we need to see more of! If there are any other crisis accommodation and shelters that welcome pets, we would love to hear about them. Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on our Facebook page.