If you’ve always had a pet, it’s difficult to imagine life without one, and this is where the Pets of Older Persons (POOPS) program can help. POOPS WA is a no-fee service which is all about keeping people and their pets together. And as such, it’s as much about human wellbeing as it is about animal welfare.

Pets are vital to many elderly people. They provide loyal companionship, give their owners a purpose in life, enable them to remain in their own homes for longer and are particularly important for the socially isolated. However, age, medical emergency and disability can prevent many owners from being able to fully care for their pets and this is where POOPS can help.

POOPS WA is an incorporated non-profit association staffed entirely by volunteers. Our volunteers are police-cleared and provide a range of services including home visits, dog walking and transport to/from vet clinics or boarding kennels.

We cater specifically for people over 65 years of age – or palliative-care patients of any age – who have no relatives or friends willing or able to take responsibility for their pets in times of need.

POOPS WA has its own patron in Dr Penny Flett, CEO of Brightwater Homes. A former national finalist for Australian of the Year, this Australia Day Penny was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her distinguished service to aged care and geriatric medicine, particularly in Western Australia. Penny is also Pro-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia and is the current chair of WA Department of Health’s Aged Care Advisory Council. As chair, she oversaw the creation of the State’s first Aged Care Plan to guide the development of health and aged care services. Penny has been described as a “powerful advocate at all levels of the government for older Australians” and we are honoured to have her on board.