Recently, this weekend past we were lucky enough to go to Melbourne for a few days to visit friends and spend time at the inaugural White Night festival on Saturday…it was fun and great and so much to see which we’ll talk about in another post and the city seethed with the curious ready to experience something unique. However it came to my attention that the inner city streets that became a temporary playground for thousands for twelve hours on a Saturday night is the permanent home for many people and more often than not their four legged friends. Lean streets in the inner city…..everyday in cities such as Melbourne, Sydney and throughout Australia and in fact worldwide there are people and their pets living in the streets without a home. Animals provide comfort and reassurance at a time in people’s lives that is uncertain and often fraught with danger and despair. The idea of having to be separated from pets at a time like this can cause great distress. Increasingly in many large cities and smaller towns initiatives are being set up to assist people doing it tough whether on the streets or faced with a crisis that was unexpected and caused upheaval in their lives. The RSPCA in NSW has set up the Living Ruff initiative and you can find out more about that here if you’d like to assist in any way. Another organisation in Sydney that we’ve come across in our street travels and doing good work is Paws and Recover who are busy establishing a network of volunteers to support people in the care of their pets during a health or life crisis…more information on their services and how to help here
We’ll be writing a lot more about these and other organisations that assist people and their pets in the coming months and would welcome any feedback you may have or organisations that you know of that we can include in a new resource list here on the blog.
Here’s a little fella we found on the streets of Melbourne…elderly, blind in one eye and waiting patiently for her owner in the early hours of a teeming Swanston Street in Melbourne….
Adios and see you on the streets……
© Elizabeth O’Donnell 2013