Pet Caretaker Support

Does your organisation deliver a pet caretaker suppport program? Let us know so that we can feature it on this page.

Pets and Positive Ageing 

A voluntary community organisation, located in the ACT, committed to supporting ageing pet owners.  We focus on practical initiatives to support the welfare needs of older pet owners and their pets. Our initiatives have also improved access to in home pet services and rental properties for the wider pet-owning community.

Cherished Pets Foundation

Cherished Pets is a unique veterinary social enterprise established in 2015 in the Geelong region of Victoria, Australia by veterinarian Dr Alicia Kennedy.

Cherished Pets Foundation (CPF) – the charitable partner of Cherished Pets, that exists to support companion pet ownership of elderly and disabled people living in the Bellarine region.

Second Chance Animal Rescue Outreach Program

In partnership with Hume City Council, this ground breaking program addresses some of the deeper social issues leading to the increasing number of homeless animals in our community. The SCAR Outreach Program educates the community about responsible pet ownership and provide resources and assistance to underprivileged pet owners to care for their pets before they become sick or homeless.

Pets of the Homeless

Pets of the Homeless Australia provides food, veterinary care and other support to the pets of people experiencing or facing homelessness. We believe in keeping pets and humans together through difficult times.

Pets in the Park

Pets in the Park (PITP) aims to support, build relationships with and improve the wellbeing of homeless people in society living with animal companions. Pets in the Park runs free pet health clinics in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, ACT and Tasmania. At each pet clinic veterinarians and vet nurses provide free health checks, vaccinations, flea treatment, worming treatment, desexing and basic medication for pets owned by the homeless or those at risk of homelessness.

Golden Hearts

Golden Hearts is a pet support program, located in SE Queensland, for ages 65+ who feel hesitant to adopt an animal due to the many commitments that come alongside owning one. Golden Hearts offers many services and support to senior pet owners including subsidised vet care.

Keeping People and pets Together

Volunteers of the Gymea Community Aid and Information Service, located in NSW,  will assist people older than 65 years of age, who have difficulty caring for their pet, but do not want to give them up. Basic pet care support, dog walking, pet hygiene for cats, birds and rabbits, basic grooming needs and transport to veterinary appointment are amongst the services offered.

Pet Medical Crisis

Pet Medical Crisis raises funds to assist with the costs medical intervention for companion pets in Victoria, where the pet owner’s inability to fund the care would otherwise result in death or significantly impact quality of life.

Companion Dog Support Program

The companion dog support program is for dog owners, who are elderly or have a disability, that need help to walk their dog.

By registering for this program, you may be eligible to have a volunteer visit once a week to walk your dog. The program is free and only for City of Tea Tree Gully residents.

The assessment process involves a home visit to discuss the participants' and the dog's needs. Participants are then matched with a suitable volunteer. All volunteers are screened and reference checked, and receive appropriate training as part of this program.