Dogs Trust: Hope Project

About Dogs Trust: Hope Project

Helping dogs whose owners are homeless or in housing crisis

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Overview

The Dogs Trust Hope Project Veterinary Scheme provides free and subsidised veterinary treatment to dogs whose owners are homeless or in housing crisis.

What we do

The Dogs Trust Hope Project Veterinary Scheme provides free and subsidised veterinary treatment to dogs whose owners are homeless or in housing crisis.

Dogs who are part of the scheme are entitled to free flea and worming treatments, vaccinations, neutering and microchipping. Dogs Trust will also subsidise most additional treatments that the dogs may need.

Where we do it

The scheme runs in 107 towns and cities across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It’s run with the help of local veterinary practices and homelessness organisations.

How to access

Dog Owners

You can apply to the Hope Project Veterinary Scheme through a participating homelessness organisation in any of our 107 scheme areas. Please ask your local homelessness organisation if they take part in our scheme.

If you are not in touch with any of the organisations that participate in our scheme, you can apply to us directly. You will need to provide us with proof from a recognised homelessness organisation or your local authority that you are homeless or in temporary housing. Please contact us for more information.

Homelessness Organisations

If you are a homelessness organisation in one of the 107 areas where our scheme currently runs, you can make online applications for your clients and their dogs. To register your organisation on the project, please apply here.

If you are a homelessness organisation outside of our scheme areas, please contact us to discuss how Dogs Trust can help you.

We are only able to accept applications from homelessness organisations that are run by a local authority or a registered charity.

Accommodation

Overview

Directory for dog friendly accomodation

What we do

Sadly most accommodation providers in the UK still operate a ‘no dogs’ policy meaning that homeless dogs owners are denied access to the shelter and support they so desperately need, simply because they have a dog.

The Hope Project works with hostels and housing providers to encourage them to accept clients with dogs.

Click to Find a dog-friendly hostel near you

Dogs Trust has been supporting dog owners who are homeless or in housing crisis for almost 20 years. One of our biggest concerns has always been the number of hostels that do not accept dogs.

Currently only 9% of hostels in the UK are dog-friendly, meaning that many dog owners are denied access to shelter and support, simply because they have a dog.

Dogs Trust offers advice and support to hostels to help them begin accepting dogs. We have also produced a series of videos for hostels on Welcoming Dogs:

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