PITP urgently seeking new site in Melbourne

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Pets in the Park have been operating in central Melbourne since 2016, providing free veterinary care for much-loved animal companions of people struggling with homelessness. But now PITP are seeking a new venue due to demolition and development work. Until they find one, they will be unable to provide their services.

“We knew that this location was always on borrowed time, but it came as a real surprise how quickly it happened and that’s no-one’s fault,” PITP director Dr Mark Kelman said.

“We are so grateful for the support from Wesley Church who were able to provide this location for two years.”

PITP’s volunteer veterinarians and veterinary nurses provide free veterinary care at health clinics and quarterly desexing clinics for the pets of those experiencing homelessness. The monthly clinics operate on the first or last Sunday of every month (depending on the clinic) and are run by a strict client referral system.

Ideally any proposed new site will fulfil a number of criteria.

“We do not leave any medications at the venue for safety reasons,” Dr Kelman said. “It would be great if the new site can have indoor and outdoor space with room to move and be similarly located so that our clients can get to it easily.”

Anyone with a possible venue for the charity is encouraged to please email the team at centralmelbourne@petsinthepark.org.au

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