In 2012 Dr Mark Westman, Vicki Cawsey, Dr Leah Skelsey and Linda Warlond collectively realised there was an urgent need for a service dedicated to caring for the pets of those experiencing homelessness.

The four co-founders united their passion, drive and determination to develop PITP and involve strategic partnerships with human service providers, including soup kitchens and outreach cafes, and a referral system working with social workers and case workers for people experiencing homelessness.

This model was based on an outreach program started by Dr Mark Westman in Prince Alfred Park, Parramatta in 2009 when he took a fold out table and an esky of vaccinations and started free veterinary checks for homeless clients at a Stepping Stone Community soup kitchen in Prince Alfred Park.

Today, PITP is a national charity and is dedicated to caring for animals owned by people struggling with homelessness, thanks to the support of many volunteer veterinarians, veterinary nurses, corporate partners and generous members of the public.

Come along and say hello to our wonderful volunteers dedicated to caring for the companion pets and making a difference in the lives of both people and animals experiencing homelessness.

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