Monday, October 5, 2009

RSPCA Awareness Week Day 5, Part 2: Pets of Olders Persons (POOPs).




Pets Of Older Persons (POOPs)

The Pets of Older Persons (POOPs) program assists socially isolated elderly people by offering assistance with their pets in times of crisis. The POOPs Program aims to keep pets and their elderly owners happy, healthy and together in their own homes for as long as possible.

POOPs was established by the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) at St Joseph’s Hospital Auburn in 2003 to temporarily care for the pets of elderly people who were admitted to hospital. The RSPCA became involved to provide assistance with veterinary care and emergency boarding.

At present, POOPs assists clients residing in the Sydney Metropolitan Area.

POOPs services:

•  Temporary foster accommodation and/or emergency boarding of the pet should the owner require hospitalisation.
•  Assistance with veterinary treatment at the RSPCA Sydney Hospital when required.
•  Assistance with dog grooming if required.
•  Home visits when required to assist the elderly with basic pet care.

Who is eligible for POOPs?

POOPs is specifically designed to help elderly people over 65 years of age who do not have any relatives or friends that are able to help care for the pet in time of need.

Palliative care patients of any age who are socially isolated may also access POOPs services.

What does it cost?

Where possible, clients pay the veterinary, grooming and boarding fees at the time of service. Pensioners receive a discount on all services and payment plans can be arranged if required. All cases will be assessed on an individual basis.

The POOPS program is not government funded and relies on donations and grants for support.

For more information, email poops@rspcansw.org.au or phone: 02 9770 7555.

Volunteers for POOPs

Occasionally, we can’t find enough foster carers and volunteers to assist with POOPs. If you’re interested in assisting with any of the following tasks, please contact our POOPs Coordinator or call 02 9770 7555.

•  Transportation of POOPs animals
•  Walking or feeding POOPs animals
•  Temporary foster care of POOPs animals
•  Donating goods, time or money to POOPs.

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