Companion Animal Support Program

Brian and Pedro the dogCouncil, in partnership with North Richmond Community Health, provides a Companion Animal Support Program to help older residents and residents with a disability care for their pets.

The program started as a trial in May 2011 and was made permanent in March 2012.

Pets provide great support and companionship to people in our community. For some, pets also provide security and a reason to spend time outside their homes, which helps residents stay connected to their community.

The Companion Animal Support Program aims to help residents care for their pets so they do not need to give them up if some pet-care tasks become too difficult. 

The program matches residents with volunteers who can provide assistance with:

  • exercising your pet
  • feeding
  • cleaning
  • grooming

The service is provided to residents at no cost.

The program is also available to older residents and residents with a disability who do not currently have a pet, but would like to have a pet if support was available.

If you are a resident who is interested in receiving assistance from the Companion Animal Support Program, contact: 

Gaylene Ford
North Richmond Community Health
9418 9890
gaylenef@nrch.com.au

If you are a volunteer who can offer 1 – 4 hours per week and would like to get involved in the program, contact:

Selma Sali
North Richmond Community Health
9418 9893
selmas@nrch.com.au


Further information
Fran Moloney
Community Development Coordinator
9205 5595
Frances.Moloney@yarracity.vic.gov.au

National Relay Service
TTY
 users phone 133 677 then ask for 03 9205 5555.
Speak & Listen users (speech-to-speech relay) phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 9205 5555.
Internet relay users connect to the National Relay Service via www.relayservice.com.au and then ask for 03 9205 5555.

 

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