Pet-Friendly Aged Care fact sheet
To keep people and pets together for as long as it provides the best health outcome for the animal and its owner.
- The health benefits of the human-animal bond are widely accepted
- Pet ownership decreases feelings of loneliness and isolation
- Aged care take-up by elderly people will increase if allowed to keep a pet
- Surrendering of pets to animal shelters will decrease
- 3 in 5 Australian households have a pet
- Only 1 in 5 aged care facilities permit pet ownership
- By 2026, there will be more than 3.5m Australians over the age of 70
- Loneliness costs Australia $2.7b each year
- Government funding to assist pet ownership for the elderly is absent
Australians are ageing, but our aged care sector isn’t keeping up
- Survey resident demand for pet-friendly services
- Review the resources and guidance at petfriendlyagedcare.com.au
- Complete a survey to help us build our knowledge
- Lobby for laws and funding that benefit pet ownership in aged care
Pets decrease feelings of loneliness and isolation
The Pet-Friendly Aged Care programme is operated by Companion Animal Network Australia (CANA), a registered charity representing the companion animal welfare work of our six member agencies.
CANA members provide rescue, shelter, re-homing, fostering, health care and enrichment services to more than 55,000 animals every year.