Helping out when age, illness and disability make caring for pets difficult

Anyone who has furry family members knows the therapeutic value of having pets. Numerous studies have shown that pet ownership is beneficial for both our physical and mental health.

However, age, illness and disability can make caring for a pet difficult. This is where pet care support, or Companion Animal Programs (CAPS), can help.

Run by local councils, these programs provide practical support to people who are struggling to meet all their pet’s needs. Trained and carefully matched volunteers visit participants in their home to provide a wide range of pet care services including dog walking, grooming, bathing, administration of medication and transportation to vet appointments.

To find out more about how your local council can set up its own Companion Animal Program, RSPCA South Australia has compiled a detailed Toolkit.

Much of the information contained in this Toolkit is based on the successful Companion Animal Program run by the City of Charles Sturt. RSPCA South Australia is indebted to the City of Charles Sturt for their support with this project, made possible thanks to a Positive Ageing Grant provided by the South Australian Government’s Office for the Ageing.

Download your free Companion Animal Program Toolkit: RSPCA Companion Animals Program Toolkit