COVID-19 Update

Given the unfolding situation relating to COVID-19 in Australia and across the world, here at the City of Charles Sturt we want to be proactive and clear about how we can stay healthy and are making changes to the way we do things. We will continue to provide updates to the services and events that are impacted along with the latest information and recommendations from WHO, SA Health and the Government.

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Companion Animal Project

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Our Companion Animal Project aims to support older residents to maintain a healthy, positive and beneficial relationship with their pet.

Pets have been shown to greatly increase the quality of life for older people by providing companionship, comfort and social connections that result in better physical and emotional health.

The goal of this project is to ensure this relationship continues despite certain challenges brought on by aging.

Volunteer opportunities are also available for those eager to be involved in giving back to their local community.

  • The project primarily involves the walking of older people's dogs by volunteers for up to an hour around the local area.
  • Other tasks may be negotiated and approved by the coordinator.
  • This service is provided free of charge to eligible residents.

Please note volunteers are unable to assist with other unrelated tasks such as shopping and cleaning etc. If further assistance is required, we encourage you to contact the Community Care team on 8408 1111.

  • The right to make decisions about your pet.
  • The right to be informed and consulted about available services.
  • The right to pursue any complaint about service provision without retribution.
  • The right of respect for your individual human worth and dignity.
  • The right to involve an advocate of your choice.
  • The right to confidentiality, and the access to all personal information.
  • To ensure the provision of appropriate equipment for the safe walking of your pet.
  • To treat the project staff, volunteers and other residents with courtesy and respect.

Volunteering opportunities are available for people to be involved in this project on an ongoing basis.

Please contact our Companion Animal Project Coordinator on 8408 1111 or our Volunteer Service Development Officer on 8408 1828 for further information.

For further information or to apply or volunteer

Contact our Companion Animal Project Coordinator
P: 8408 1111

Or our Volunteer Service Development Officer
P: 8408 1828