On any given night 105,000 Australians are without a place to call home. That’s 1 in 200, which is already one too many. People can find themselves unexpectedly in homelessness due to health, job situation or financial difficulties, it can happen to anyone. Throughout all this their pets become more important than ever. So how do pets benefit the homeless community?
- Pets are companions. Pets provide homeless people with constant companionship. It means that someone is always by their side so they never feel alone, even at their most vulnerable.
- Pets love unconditionally. No matter what the situation, pets are always happy to be with their loving owners. Through rain, hail or shine, pets are undoubtedly there to stay by their side and give them support.
- They provide a sense of emotional and physical security. Not only can homeless people sleep soundly knowing that they have their pets by their side, but owning a pet gives them a sense of mental stability and normalcy. Having a constant and unwavering source of love and support is so important when times are rough and you don’t know what the next day will bring.
- Pets are their best, and sometime only friend. Homeless people go through everything with their pets, and this means their bond can even be stronger than most pets and owners.
- Pets give them a sense of purpose. Having someone else to take care of each day provides them with a sense of responsibility and a reason to keep motivated. Pets need to be cared for and establishing a sense of routine can be a small but uplifting process.
At Pets of the Homeless Sydney, we believe in supporting the unique bond between pet and owner, no matter what the situation. More shelters and crisis accommodation centres welcoming animals means a smoother and happier transition for vulnerable Australians to get back on their feet.