For many homeless people, their animal can be their only relationship, this provides a source of unconditional love. Homeless people care deeply about the health and welfare of their pets. Yet they find it impossible to access veterinary care or are separated from their pets when accessing temporary housing. Founded in Newcastle in 2016, Street Paws supports Nationally across the UK.
Founded in Newcastle in 2016, Street Paws - Registered Charity No 1178826 provides free accessible vet care and support services to homeless people and their pets across the UK.
Homelessness is sadly on the rise. The bond between a homeless person and their animal is profound. Their animal is their whole world, give them a reason to carry on, and is often the only source of unconditional love. Homeless people care deeply about the health and welfare of their pets, but can find it impossible to access veterinary care. Our teams of veterinary volunteers take to the streets to locate, support and treat animals though our Outreach sessions.
The health benefits of pet ownership are immense both mentally and physically, but many rough sleepers are asked to give up their dogs to access services and support. Street Paws provide solutions to homelessness and pet ownership with our unique Dog Champions Scheme which supports hostels and accommodation providers to become more pet friendly and accept both homeless pet owner and pet to maintain this incredible bond.
Street Paws currently provides monthly outreach in the UK across The North East, North West, Yorkshire, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We work with local groups and agents in the area to reach out in the community. The Charity funds all treatment for conditions diagnosed by our veterinary teams. We refer and fund surgical procedures and neutering to our supporting veterinary practices.
We work with other agencies supporting homeless people and will respond to any requests for help and advice. We provide food, coats, collars and leads at our outreach, and will respond to requests for food outside of normal outreach.
Joined by our Charity Patron Dr Scott Miller on Outreach in Manchester meet some of our dogs and hear about the work we do.
Please send us a message if you would like more information.