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Microchips Australia proudly supports this wonderful group by donating microchips with lifetime registration on the Central Animal Records national animal microchip registry to Pets in the Park in Sydney and now in Melbourne (Frankston). Homelessness is an increasing issue in our society Homelessness doesn’t discriminate – the homeless population is made up of all ages.....more than a quarter of those experiencing homelessness are under 18 years old, with thousands of these under 12 and nearly half of people experiencing homelessness are women!! For those who have a pet with them, that pet can be a badly needed companion, a cared and loved dependent and even a reason to face another day in a sometimes careless world!

Pets in the Park (PITP) aims to support, build relationships with and improve the wellbeing of homeless people in society living with animal companions. Many people who are experiencing homelessness own pets that play a significant role in their lives. These much loved pets offer unconditional love, companionship, emotional support and security – basic human needs that are often not met elsewhere. Although pet ownership greatly enriches the lives of those who are homeless, it also comes at a significant financial cost. Annual vaccinations, flea treatment, routine worming, and de-sexing and microchipping an animal costs hundreds of dollars.

PITP is a registered charity with DGR (deductible gift recipient meaning all donations to PITP are now 100% tax deductible) status that runs free monthly pet health clinics in Darlinghurst and Parramatta and free quarterly de-sexing clinics. PITP is run completely by volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses, and strives to provide emotional and educational support to owners and practical help to their pets in a social and friendly environment. By reducing the financial burden of pet ownership, and by promoting access to human social services by operating in partnership with established providers such as Rough Edges Darlinghurst, PITP aims to make a difference to both animals and people in Sydney experiencing homelessness.

What a great initiative thanks to its four founders of Pets in the Park, Dr. Mark Westman, Vicki Cawsey, Dr. Leah Skelsey and Linda Warlond!

PITP operates with the support of many volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses as well as its corporate partners Elanco (Platinum Sponsor), Virbac Animal Health (Gold Sponsor), Hanrob Pet Hotels, Advanced Anaesthesia Specialists (AAS), Jurox and Microchips Australia.


Check out this recent video about Pets in the Park...........