How we've been supporting homeless dog owners during COVID-19
If you are a homeless dog owner, we understand that this is a difficult and worrying time. We have released new guidance around caring for your dog, and what to do if you have to self-isolate.
For guidance on walking and caring for your dog, see our information sheet here.
Helping dog owners access accommodation with their dog
We have also been supporting dog owners who have been housed in hotel accommodation and have been told that their dog is not allowed. We have successfully worked with hotels and other emergency accommodation providers to accept dogs, meaning that homeless dog owners have not had to make a decision of returning to sleeping rough, or giving up their companion. It's more important now more than ever that homeless people and their pets can stay together.
"I can't thank you enough - if the hotel hadn't allowed him to stay with me then I was thinking about going back to sleeping in the car. I was crying thinking about it - he's like my child to me."
If you are unable to access hotel or emergency accommodation because they will not accept your dog, please get in touch with us so that we can see how we can help.
If you see someone sleeping rough, please send an alert to StreetLink on 0300 500 0914 or via their website.
Providing dog food
We have seen a huge increase in requests for dog food from homelessness organisations and dog owners who are struggling with funding.
Since the start of lockdown, we have sent out almost 1,000 tins of dog food to more than 50 dogs. Please get in touch with us if you are homeless, or supporting a homeless person, and struggling to source dog food - we would love to help.