PAWS Program

Pet Assistance and Wellbeing Service (PAWS) supports elderly community members with a volunteer dog walking service when they can no longer manage this.

PAWS Program

PAWS – Pet Assistance and Wellbeing Service is a social support program that supports elderly and other eligible community members to help care for their pets when they are no longer able to. Through PAWS, eligible pet owners can access regular dog walking, ACT-wide.

Pets and volunteers are matched for suitability and then volunteers schedule regular walks with participants’ dogs. Training is provided for all PAWS volunteers. Support from Northside can also be accessed for eligible participants for accompanied transport to and from veterinary appointments.

  1. Social inclusion
  2. Pet well-being
  3. Reduces stress about pet care
  4. Supports people to keep their pets at home
Other Relevant Information
  • Participants must be eligible for social support under the Commonwealth Home Support Program or have a Home Care Package
  • Volunteers must successfully complete the screening process

For more information contact

02 6171 8000 or

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