A shortage of dog-friendly accommodation has meant that homeless people looking to get off the streets have historically faced the heart-breaking decision of whether to give up their canine companions to secure a new home.
Now Dogs Trust and Simon Community Scotland (SCS) have joined forces to consign that dilemma to the past and allow people to move into accommodation while retaining their pets, who are so often a vital source of comfort and emotional support.
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The homelessness-tackling Scottish charity has partnered with the Dogs Trust to fund the new role of Pets and Housing Development and Engagement Officer to make more of their accommodation services dog friendly.
Cat Birt, who has been appointed into the role, will be working with accommodation providers to highlight the benefits of the human-animal bond and the importance of keeping people and their pets together.
Being forced to choose between their pets and a safe place to live is a choice no one should have to make
She will also develop a new regional strategy for SCS services, as well as other organisations and housing providers across Scotland, to boost the number of available places and support for homeless dog owners.