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Grants for pets in aged care

Author: Rob Gill
14 August 2015
  • Spoilt rotten - Penny the rescue greyhound, much loved at Adelaide's Grandview Lodge

The Animal Welfare League Australia (AWLA) has launched its Pets in Aged Care grants program for 2015.

The program, which began in 2013, is designed to assist facilities and aged care residents to make suitable arrangements for pets to remain on site with their owners.

ehospice has observed some facilities going to extreme lengths to allow people contact with companion animals – particularly at the end of life stage – with horses and even cattle paying their last respects to a loved one.

Other facilities have resident pets that share the love among patients, with companion animal therapy acknowledged as of significant value to the wellbeing of residents at all stages of their lives.

This year’s AWLA grants round will provide residents with the means to cover outlays on vet bills, grooming, dog walking, feeding or minor modifications to living quarters. Funding may also allow for a carer to visit and assist with pet care routines.

Applications from aged care facilities, residents and family and friends on behalf of residents are open until 11 September.

Find out more on Animal Welfare League Australia or apply for the Pets in Aged Care Grant on the Pet Friendly Aged Care website.

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