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 Pets in the Park - Providing Free Veterinary Care for Homeless Pet Owners

Thursday, May 19, 2016

More homeless pet owners to get access to free vet care in Melbourne.  Many homeless or once homeless people lead a difficult and isolated life, particularly those who struggle with depression, anxiety and other mental health problems. But for those with pets, their companion animals act as their refuge and give many a reason to live.
 
Pets in the Park (PITP) is a group of volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses that provide free veterinary care at monthly vet (health) clinics and quarterly desexing clinics for much-loved animal companions of people struggling with homelessness.
 
PITP has been operating in Melbourne for more than a year through its Frankston clinic in conjunction with Community Support Frankston and the support of Frankston City Council.
 
The national charity is now launching in Central Melbourne on May 29 and covering the Melbourne CBD area!
 
“For many homeless people, having a pet provides the unconditional love, companionship, emotional support and security that they’re unable to find elsewhere,” says Dr Mark Kelman, a Director of PITP Melbourne. “The benefits of this bond between owner and pet are immense; including increased social, emotional and physical health.”
 
PITP began in Sydney in 2009 with one vet, two fold-out tables and an esky full of vaccinations, set up in a small park and offering free vet checks for clients attending an outreach program run by Stepping Stones Community Ministry. Today, it runs free monthly vet clinics across Victoria, Brisbane and Sydney, including a mobile clinic (outreach program) in Sydney. The monthly clinics operate on the last Sunday of every month and are run by a strict client referral system.
 
PITP relies on community donations and the financial support of sponsors and community grants. All donations received go towards medicines and materials required to run the monthly health clinics and quarterly desexing clinics. The charity is also supported by veterinary practices that donate surgery space and surgical procedures, as well as the many wonderful volunteers who generously donate their time to health and surgery clinics.
 
PITP Central Melbourne launch
 
PITP is launching a new clinic in Central Melbourne that begins on Sunday, 29 May. The clinic will be held at Wesley Church, 148 Lonsdale Street in Melbourne from 2.30pm - 4.30pm. For more information, phone 0476 970 570.
 
PITP Frankston is held at Frankston Football Oval. For more information about PITP Frankston, click here.
 
June 30 is End of Financial Year. All donations are 100% tax deductible. So NOW is a very good time to make a donation to include in this year’s tax return. To make a donation, please visit www.petsinthepark.org.au.


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