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Street Paws

Help us grow the Street Paws Dog Champion Scheme; keep homeless people and their pets together.

“No one should be forced to make a choice between a safe place to sleep and their dog.” Our Dog Champion project builds relationships with hostels; providing training, support and vet care to ensure homeless people can be welcomed with their pet.
£8,284
raised of £10,000 target
by 101 supporters
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Closed on 19/05/2024
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Story

"He’s saved my life in so many ways,

He’s bettered my life in so many ways. It’s just unbelievable."

"I would rather stay on the street than leave her behind. She is my home."

WHO?

Street Paws' Dog Champion Scheme aims to empower homeless pet owners and keep their furry companions by their side. By providing shelters with the necessary support to become pet-friendly, training individuals to be responsible pet owners, and advocating for policies that protect the bond between homeless individuals and their pets, the scheme tackles the growing issue of homelessness and its impact on pet ownership. This winter we are raising funds to support a further 10 new pet friendly hostels.

WHY?

Hostels play a crucial role in assisting homeless individuals, but less than 10% currently accept pets, forcing many pet owners to make the heartbreaking decision of surrendering their companions or continuing to live on the streets. Pets provide invaluable companionship, comfort, and unconditional love to those struggling with homelessness, and being forced to give them up can be devastating and hinder escape from homelessness.

The need for pet-friendly hostels and resources to support homeless individuals and their pets is evident. Street Paws recognises the need for more resources to help homeless pet owners care for their animals and promotes responsible pet ownership to change attitudes towards pets in housing. The organisation works with owners to enhance their knowledge of dog behaviour, training, and diet, and assists in creating pet "C.V.s" for landlords.

WHY BOTHER?

We know the huge benefits that come with having a pet;

Reduced stress and anxiety: Pets can provide a sense of calm and companionship, which can help to reduce stress and anxiety in people experiencing homelessness.

Improved mental and physical health: Studies have shown that owning a pet can improve mental and physical health. For example, pet owners are more likely to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and stress levels.

Increased social interaction; Having to walk the dog gets you out meeting people and widens your world.

Greater likelihood of obtaining permanent housing: Studies have shown that people experiencing homelessness with pets are more likely to obtain permanent housing than those without pets. Pet ownership gives individuals a sense of responsibility to their animal, increasing the drive maintain their home.

WHERE

We work with shelters across the North of England including Newcastle, Leeds, Wakefield and Manchester to ensure no-one experiencing homelessness has to choose between a safe place to sleep and their pet.

About the charity

Street Paws

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Street Paws was founded in 2016 with the aim of providing free veterinary care and support services to pets of homeless people in the UK. We strive to bridge the gap between animal and human welfare services. Ensuring that pets are not left behind in the fight against homelessness.

Donation summary

Total raised
£8,283.58
+ £384.50 Gift Aid
Online donations
£2,158.58
Offline donations
£6,125.00
Direct donations
£2,158.58
Donations via fundraisers
£0.00

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