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Peggy’s Promise: Providing Shelter For The Animals Of Those In Need

Pet careCat care

Peggy’s Promise is a project that assists the every day needs of animals on the NSW Central Coast. It is run by dedicated volunteers who rely on the compassion and goodwill of the community to keep helping those in need. They work to help vulnerable Australians by supporting them in caring for their beloved pets.

They are currently working on a trial program with a shelter to offer temporary pet accommodation to those in need. To do this, they need keep up the cost of veterinary bills and kennelling, which covers food, accommodation and daily care and exercise, for all the four-legged clients that come through. Donate here and help Peggy’s Promise continue to give every pet the love and care they deserve. There is also the option to donate directly to the vet or kennel, so you know exactly where your contributions are going.

 

Top 3 Portraits of Homeless People and their Pets

It can be heartbreaking to see homeless people struggling on the streets, and even more so when they have four-legged friends by their side. However, there is also something to be seen in the power of the bond between homeless people and the pets they keep. Projects in Australia and all throughout the world have captured the beauty of this relationship in a series of touching portraits. Here are some great ones:

1. LifeLines by Norah Levine

Norah Levine, photographer and animal-lover from Austin, TX, honours the relationship between people who are homeless with pets through amazing photographs and interviews.

“I wanted to capture the universal bond that exists between people and their pets and to illustrate that this shared bond is universal; it isn’t based on finances or home-ownership. The vast majority of pets I encountered during this project were treated with love and respect, both physically and emotionally and the relationship was mutually beneficial and positive.”

Photo credit: Norah Levine

Photo credit: Norah Levine

Photo credit: Norah Levine

Photo credit: Norah Levine

2. Love is the Colour: Portraits from Pets in the Park

This series of black and white portraits taken by Linda Warland portray the amazing bond between homeless owner and pet. They are specifically the clients of a great organisation in Sydney called Pets in the Park. Pets in the Park work to provide veterinary services to struggling Australians with pets. The exhibition is being shown alongside more works donated by artists during the 5 -30 November at the Gallery Mercure.

Photo credit: Pets in the Park

Photo credit: Pets in the Park

Photo credit: Pets in the Park

Photo credit: Pets in the Park

3. My Dog is My Home

My Dog is My Home: The Experience of Human-Animal Homelessness is a truly beautiful exhibition for the National Museum of Animals & Society’s LA facility. The exhibition pays homage to the bond between humans and animals who are living on the streets. It is inspiring, empowering and the artwork comes in many forms.

Elephant Forget Me Not Exhibitition

Elephant Forget Me Not Exhibition

Dog, Cat, Mouse Exhibition

Dog, Cat, Mouse Exhibition

There is beauty in such a strong and unique bond, and it’s great to be able to celebrate homeless people with pets through art.

The Kennel Project & Jewish House

Long-term kennel structure at Jewish House

Long-term kennel structure at Jewish House

Old kennel facilities to be replaced

Old kennel facilities to be replaced

Jewish House is currently building long-term kennels to provide for the beloved pets of people undergoing crisis. Jewish House is an amazing organisation that provides 24/7 crisis support and services to those who need it. They help a range of people, and luckily, this extends to animals as well. This great news means that struggling Australians have a place to stay and get back on their feet, without having to leave their best friends behind! Jewish House also work alongside Project HoPe (Homeless Pets) with a vet to care for the pets that come in.

 How can you help?

Sponsor the construction of the kennels by donating here and attaching a message for ‘The Kennel Project’ as well as any personal notes – we’d love to hear your thoughts! Every little contribution makes a difference. We will also be adding in a plaque to thank those who choose to donate $300 or more, which will be placed above the kennels. Any bits and pieces like matting, toys and blankets to add to the kennels to make life more comfortable for the dogs will also be greatly appreciated.  Any excess funds that we may be lucky enough to have will go towards ongoing costs of providing for the animals that come in, including food and veterinary services with Project HoPe. Email us at petsofthehomelesssyd@gmail.com to get in touch or feel free to stop by our Facebook page to talk. We can’t wait to hear from you.

This is a truly exciting initiative, as we know there aren’t many shelters that welcome pets, let alone provide for them! Your support will allow vulnerable Australians, including those who are homeless, keep the strong bond between them and their pets, ensuring that they are provided a constant sense of comfort and familiarity as they get back on their feet.

Kennel Construction

Kennels under construction

Jewish House backyard under construction

Jewish House backyard under construction

About The Kennel Project

The Kennel Project is our way to help more shelters and crisis accommodation support vulnerable Australians and the pets they keep. Few shelters open their doors to animals, and the ones that do still need a little help to make every pet’s stay comfortable.

Get in contact with us at petsofthehomelesssyd@gmail.com or chat to us on our Facebook page to keep updated with the progress!

If you are a shelter or know of a shelter that is looking to open their doors to animals, we would love to hear from you. We want The Kennel Project to spread and help more places support the bond between owner and pet.

What the iPhone queue can teach us about the homeless

Line for the iPhone 6

In await of the new iPhone’s recent release, crowds and crowds of people camped outside the Sydney Apple Store on George Street. It’s funny to think that on the same block on the corner of Market and George Street is a makeshift shelter for somebody without a place to call home.

On any given night in Australia, 105,000 people are homeless. So while many excited iPhone fans braved the cold weather and rugged up in blankets and tents for a night, thousands across the nation did too. And sadly they will continue to do so. Especially if they have animal companions and finding shelter is a far-off option.

It was Mission Australia that highlighted this unlikely connection. So they invited the people in that massive line to give a little something back, because if every single person waiting for an iPhone donated what they could, it would make a world of a difference to the less fortunate. Blankets, a can of food, an online donation – it all makes a difference.

For those lucky and dedicated people who lined up to be one of the first to get their hands on a new iPhone 6, it was a strange yet amazing opportunity to feel the struggle of the homeless.

Were you in line to snag one of the new iPhones? How was your experience camping on the Sydney streets for a night?

It’s a chance for all of us to be thankful for a place to call home and do our part for those without a place to stay. Here’s one way to start: donating to Mission Australia. Or even just saying hello and asking how someone is doing the next time you go past George Street. Every little action makes a difference.