Lort Smith provides Emergency Welfare Assistance (EWA) for roughly 140 animals each year. The goal of EWA is to enable vulnerable people (or people in crisis) who own pets to access the services they need without having to choose between caring for their animal or themselves.
To be eligible, clients must be referred by a case worker. Emergency Boarding is offered for an initial period of 28 days. Where appropriate the animal will be placed in foster care. Veterinary care is provided, including vaccination, de-sexing and general care.
Lort Smith also provides veterinary care and general care to the animals of homeless who are not accessing the boarding service. This is often done in conjunction with outreach programs such as Pets of the Homeless and Pets in the Park.
Homelessness and Domestic Violence are two of the main sources of referral for our services. Lort smith is working with both sectors to advocate for animals and their owners so they can remain together.