Michelle Southern OBE

Street Paws Team Sleepout for CEO Sleepout Alnwick 2024

Fundraising for CEO Sleepout
raised of £1,000 target
by 74 supporters
Event: CEO Sleepout Alnwick, on 16 May 2024
CEO Sleepout

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We Invite business leaders to sleep rough to fight poverty & homelessness UK wide


Street Paws Team members taking part this year in Alnwick are:

Michelle Southern OBE - CEO and Founder

Sue McCabe - Chair of Trustees Street Paws

Street Paws aims to empower homeless people to keep their pet by their side.

"He’s saved my life in so many ways,


Street Paws aims to empower homeless pet owners and keep their furry companions by their side. Street Paws is a non profit organisation that was founded in 2016 in Newcastle, with the aim of providing free and accessible 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.


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

Hostels play a crucial role in assisting homeless individuals, but less than 10% currently accept pets, forcing many pet owners to make the heart breaking 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.


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

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

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.


We work with shelters across the North of England, Yorkshire, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure no-one experiencing homelessness has to choose between a safe place to sleep and their pet.

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CEO Sleepout

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RCN 1154963
Business leaders unite to fight homelessness, sleeping outdoors for one night alongside their peers, giving up the comfort of a warm bed to raise funds charities on the frontline of homelessness. CEO Sleepout events take place in cities across the UK. Will you join us?

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