Pets in the Park is a national charity that aims to support, build relationships with and improve the wellbeing of homeless people in society living with animal companions.
Many people who are experiencing homelessness own pets that play a significant role in their lives. These much-loved pets offer unconditional love, companionship, emotional support and security; basic human needs that are often not met elsewhere. Although pet ownership greatly enriches the lives of those who are homeless, it also comes at a significant financial cost.
‘Best Mates’ was a charity that the staff of Glen Iris and Armadale Veterinary hospitals established when they decided that they wanted to give something back to the local community.
In 2020, ‘Best Mates’ merged with Pets in the Park and together, they continue to run a free monthly clinic at the Salvation Army Crisis Centre in St Kilda to provide a free veterinary clinic. The clinic focuses on preventative health care, providing health checks, flea and worm control and vaccination.
Pets in the Park works with local veterinary clinics (including Glen Iris and Armadale Veterinary Hospitals) to provide free pet desexing to clients who could otherwise not afford it. Our vets and nurses donate their free time and expertise at the monthly clinic. We also donate cat boarding services for owners who have lost accommodation at short notice.
We rely on donations from the public for this charity to continue to operate and grow!
Donations can be made here;
*If you would like to ensure your donation reaches the St Kilda clinic specifically, please donate to ‘VIC’ and type ‘St Kilda’ in the comments box.