A homeless dogs trust charity? You read it right, guys! Homeless people in Scotland will no longer have to give up a place of refuge so that they could be with their beloved pets.
This has been made possible through the combined efforts of Dogs Trust Charity and Simon Community Scotland. The two charities know that having a dog in a person’s life has a lot of positive effects. They’re also aware of the various harrowing experiences homeless people go through. With these two facts in mind, they decided to issue the Paws for Thought guidance for housing providers.
Dogs Trust Charity Comforting Dogs
According to Dogs Trust’s Clare Kivlehan, about 10% of all hostels in Scotland were the only dog-friendly ones. With the issuance of the guidance, Dogs Trust and Simon Community Scotland hope to improve that figure. Emphasizing the comfort dogs can provide to people with trauma, the guidance would inform support and housing service providers about the value of pets.
The guidance offers several pieces of advice. One of those aims to help temporary shelter providers offer communal rooms that are dog-friendly. Another helps temporary shelter providers make sure they can prevent problems like staff members being afraid of or allergic to pets.
Man’s Constant Companion
Simon Community Scotland’s CEO, Lorraine McGrath, knows full well that homeless people’s pets are often their only companion. Unwilling to add to the trauma experienced by these people, the two charities aim to enlighten shelter providers on how easy it is to be pet-friendly. With more pet-friendly shelters available, homeless people can find refuge with their pets, who give them purpose.
In support of this guidance, a Homeless Pet-Friendly Officer was assigned to work with the two charities. Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart also planned to launch the guidance in Edinburgh. He says that one crucial element in the Ending Homelessness Together Action Plan of the government is respecting the relationship between people and their pets.
Credits to Simon Community Scotland