Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Kath Gazzard, former Pets Of Older Persons (POOPS) Coordinator, passed away on 3rd April 2012 after a brave battle with cancer. She was only 65 years old.

In 2003, when Kath was employed at the palliative care unit at St Josephs Hospital Auburn, she approached the RSPCA NSW asking for assistance. Kath recognised the importance of pets to the socially isolated elderly in our society. Pets provided them with companionship, gave them a purpose in life and enabled them to remain in their own homes for longer periods of time.

The partnership between RSPCA NSW and St Josephs Hospital resulted in the development of the POOPS program. POOPS assists the elderly in our community with their pets. The POOPS program is as much about human welfare as it is about animal welfare.

Through Kath’s hard work and dedication, the POOPS program flourished. Each year, the dedicated POOPS team assists more and more people and provides their pets with much needed care. Specifically POOPS provides services such as foster care, emergency boarding, home visits, grooming and veterinary treatment. The POOPS program is not government funded and relies on donations and fundraising.

Kath will always be remembered for her compassion, empathy and hard work. She was passionate about POOPS and often said that no pets are loved more than those belonging to the elderly.

The POOPS program has lost a very special person but Kath’s legacy will live on. POOPS will continue to provide a very important service to those in our community that benefit most from pet ownership.

- Dr Magdoline Awad BVSc MACVSc (Animal Welfare) CMAVA - Chief Veterinarian RSPCA NSW

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