Friday, March 24, 2017

Ideas needed: how can we improve pet accessibility in Australia?

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What if you could take your dog with you?
Have you ever wanted to take your pet somewhere, but couldn’t? What if you had to go to hospital for a medium to long-term stay? I meet many people who delay elective surgery because they do not want to be separated from their closest companion – a non-human animal. For many of my older clients, their companion animal is everything to them, they're reason for waking up, for getting out of the house, for maintaining a routine. This is such an important bond. If they can't take their pet to a particular place, they don't necessarily want to go.

There are groups of people who are keen to improve animal accessibility in Australia, and some of these are getting together in Canberra next month to brainstorm.

If you can get to Canberra next month (on April 26), Pets andPositive Aging are hosting an event looking at what is happening in other countries that have better pet access, and what could be done here. Of course, there is a focus on responsible pet ownership. Your ideas are very welcome.

Chaired by Mary Porter AM, speakers are Meegan Fitzharris MLA Minister for Territory and City Services and Minister for Health; Tammy Ven Dange, CEO RSPCA ACT; Jan Phillips, President of Pets and Positive Ageing Inc; Kate Cvetanovski, Execeutive Director of Northside Community Service; Dr Alison Taylor, veterinarian, 2016 ACT finalist for Australian of the Year and the Manager of Domestic Animal Services. The full program is available hereThis event is generously supported by Northside Community Service.

Attendance is free but places are limited and bookings are essential. Book here. If you do have any burning ideas you're willing to share but can't make it, contact Pets and Positive Aging directly or drop us a line and we will forward your email.