Thursday, March 20, 2014

Good neighbours and man's best friend come together



RSPCA NSW yesterday announced a partnership with Inner West Neighbour Aid (IWNA) to rehome animals with people who are socially isolated, older and may have a disability, living in the Inner West of Sydney.

The program, ‘Neighbour Aid Pets,’ will match RSPCA NSW animals with people receiving support from IWNA. RSPCA NSW will also provide ongoing support through transport and veterinary assistance as well as training for IWNA volunteers in dog and cat grooming.

“We’ve had a great start to the new program with four successful adoptions already,” said Sandra Ma, RSPCA NSW Community Programs Supervisor.  “We’re hoping to rehome around 30 to 50 more animals this year in conjunction with IWNA.”

Pets are very important to people who are socially isolated, older and who may have a disability as they are able to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, relieve stress, anxiety and depression, and lower blood pressure, as well as increase physical activity simply through their loving and loyal companionship.

Plus, older animals can often be well suited to these groups as they are calmer and are easier to look after than younger pets that require constant care and attention.  This program gives mature animals, which are often overlooked for puppies or kittens and remain in the shelters for longer periods of time, a greater chance of being adopted thus reducing their length of stay at shelters.  

Roman Deguchi, IWNA Home Maintenance and Pets Coordinator said that, “Working on this program with RSPCA NSW has meant both shelter animals and the frail and isolated members of our community receive much needed love and companionship.”

Those interested in the program are encouraged to call Inner West Neighbour Aid on 02 9799 5099.

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