Hope Project

Helping dogs whose owners are homeless or in housing crisis

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Our Work in Scotland

Based in Scotland? Supporting clients with dogs? Read on to see how we are working to improve dog-friendly provision across Scotland and how our Hope Project can support you...

Pets offer unconditional love, stability and much-needed companionship for someone facing homelessness. Companion animals give us a sense of purpose and belonging, and no one should ever be forced to choose between their best friend and a safe place to sleep.  We are committed to supporting dog owners in crisis, and our aim is always to keep people and their pets together.

We are delighted to have launched a dedicated, 1 year project in Scotland to strengthen this work in 2020/2021. Cat Birt joins us as Pets and Housing Development and Engagement Officer in a 12-month role joint with leading homelessness provider, and Scottish Charity of the Year 2020, Simon Community Scotland.

Last year, Dogs Trust contributed to Simon Community’s ‘Paws for Thought’ guidance (click the picture to view the report), which explored in depth the barriers dog owners face when accessing services, putting a spotlight on the human animal bond and the importance of keeping people and their pets together. Simon Community Scotland have committed to being dog-friendly, and Cat will be working with them to safely welcome and manage dogs in their accommodation services across central Scotland. 

We are appealing to homelessness organisations, accommodation services and housing providers to become pet-friendly, removing barriers for dog owners in crisis to access the support they need. Our promise to you is that this an easy, safe, friendly (and free!) service.

Through a bespoke ‘Welcoming Dogs Consultation’, we can offer free, practical, help and advice for organisations to implement small changes, that will make the world of difference to dog owners in crisis.

Read through the information in the next section, Welcoming Dogs Consultations, to find out more.

Contact details

We would love to hear from you and work with you to ensure that dogs and their owners do not have to be separated. 

E: Catriona.Birt@dogstrust.org.uk 
T: 07384 834 466


If you are not based in Scotland, but would like more information about how our Hope Project can support your organisation with accepting dogs, please get in touch with our team here