Supporting members of the community and their pets
SCAR has always aspired to take a preventative approach to pet homelessness in Victoria rather than the band aid approach of rescuing and rehoming, a cycle which is difficult to break.
We put our thinking caps on and after months of research and planning, the SCAR Outreach Program was born. In partnership with Hume City Council, this ground breaking program addresses some of the deeper social issues leading to the increasing number of homeless animals in our community.
Human animal relationships are pivotal in society as they promote physical and psychological health in humans. Did you know that pet ownership has been linked to human health benefits including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower rates of depression and a better sense of well-being? Dog walking is an excellent preventative measure against heart disease. The act of patting a pet can relax and reduce stress levels due to the body’s release of oxytocin, a hormone linked to emotional bonding. Pets provide their owners with companionship and the opportunity to socialise with other pet owners and neighbours, which can boost self esteem, decrease loneliness and provide purpose. Unfortunately some members of the community are either financially unable or unaware of how to provide the care necessary to provide a good home to a pet.
The SCAR Outreach Program educates the community about responsible pet ownership and provide resources and assistance to underprivileged pet owners to care for their pets before they become sick or homeless.
If you or someone you know are experiencing hardship and need some help caring for your companion animals, please contact our shelter team on 9357 0834 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to assist.