We believe that owning a dog should NOT be a barrier to accessing services and accommodation for rough sleepers.
As less than 10% of hostels Nationally will accept dogs we are working hard to form partnerships and offer support for kennel provision within hostel grounds. This will enable a homeless person to gain access to the service and keep their dog with them.
As part of the Leeds Homeless Charter, in 2019 we supported Turning Lives Around to install a double kennel into a hostel in Leeds. Street Paws supported with the design and with staff training and guidance. We will also support the scheme with ongoing free veterinary care and essentials like dog food and beds.
In September 2019, we were proud to fund and install our very first 4 kennels into SPIN - Supporting People in Need in Manchester. The kennels are sited within the Hostel secure grounds with direct access from a 4 bed dormitory specifically for residents with dogs on site. Referrals to the service can be made via The Booth Centre, Centrepoint, Coffee4craig or Barnabus.
In February 2020 we funded and installed 2 kennels into NTAS (Northumberland Temporary Accommodation Service) at Changing Lives in Northumberland. Referrals to the service can be made directly through NTAS or Changing Lives.
We hope that many more local authorities will view the kennels as a positive step to removing the barriers against homelessness and dog ownership. We hope to work in all our outreach areas to provide this vital life saving service. If you are a local authority who would like our support please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org
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