Current statistics estimate that there are 320,000 people experiencing core homelessness in the UK and between 5-25% of them are homeless with a pet.
Hostels are an essential part of the response to homelessness providing a temporary place to stay and supporting with permanent solutions for housing and reintegration into society. Research has shown that fewer than 10% of hostels are pet friendly leaving a homeless pet owner at a disadvantage. Fewer than 7% of homeless pet owners would give up their dog in exchange for housing.
Main reasons given by hostels for not accepting pet residents are: Lack of staff knowledge and training Health and Safety concerns 'No Pet' Clauses in hostel lease agreements Pet Welfare responsibility concern Lack of pet friendly permanent housing to 'move on' leading to longer stays for residents.
Providing fully accredited team training via our online platform to ensure that all staff are comfortable working with dogs. Training on dog behaviours and how to settle a dog into the accommodation. 1:1 support for individual cases where necessary.
Pet Policies and Owner Agreements
Providing Pet Policies and Owner agreements to ensure a positive relationship between the owner, dog and the team.
Canine First Aid Training
Providing team canine First Aid training and a First Aid kit. This ensures that any accidents can be dealt with quickly by the team before referral to one of our vet teams for further treatment.
Pet Welcome Pack
Providing pet essentials for residents and a welcome pack to include dog bowls, lead and collar.
Full Veterinary Support
Providing residents with full accessible veterinary support from our supporting practices including 27/7 video vet service. We recommend and support all neutering of residents pets.
We hope that many more local authorities and accommodation providers will view the Dog Champions Scheme as a positive step to removing the barriers against homelessness and dog ownership, reaching the up to 25% currently unsupported homeless individuals.
We are expanding rapidly and we plan to work right across the UK to provide this vital life saving service. If you are a local authority or provider who would like our support please contact us email@example.com
The difference they have provided to our Clients with dogs lives has been amazing!
He's my life and I wont be without him. You guys are the reason I'm in the hostel today with my dog. You didn't give up and you told everyone how important he was Thank you
They are flexible, responsive, always put the needs of the dog first, caring and compassionate. They are a brilliant partner to have in our schemes and help us to achieve our goals of ending rough sleeping and creating homes for people.
They do a fabulous job, and without them we would not be able to house and support homeless people and their dogs. No person should ever rough sleep and many dog owners will choose to rough sleep rather than leave their pets.
With Dog Champions support we have been enabled to help and house a homeless person and their Dog family.