Give Up Your Pets or Your Home? In Loving Memory Of John Chadwick
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In Loving Memory of John Chadwick
"Faced with giving up your pets to have a home OR remain homeless - NO CHOICE AT ALL"
My very best friend, my hun John Chadwick, became unintentionally homeless. Unable to take his pets to temporary accommodation, and later, to permanent accommodation offered by the Council, he died by suicide on 16th March 2017. This was ten days after being separated from his "furbabies", who enabled his well-being.
The introduction of service dogs have proven invaluable for those with specific health needs. Pets are also known to provide Therapeutic benefits, giving the sense of purpose to carry on.
Pets further assist with the treatment of health, depression, isolation and addiction and are invaluable companions for those who are street homeless.
The link below dedicated to my hun, provides an insight of the homeless and their unconditional bonding with their "furbabies", written by Daniel McDonald from Tampa, Florida.
The inspiring and moving homeless research, written by Miss Amy Felicity Varle, is now with 10 Downing Street. There is a dedication P91, to my hun and those who have lost lives.
So lets stand together to prevent further deaths, such as my huns and those who have sadly lost their lives on the streets. Petition for change to current housing requirements, particularly for those deemed as vulnerable, alone or homeless. Enable provision of housing with pets.
A positive Pet Policy approach within housing, would further reduce the impact on public services by those seeking treatment, by enabling physical and emotional well-being. Introduction of person-centered housing based on individual need as no one box fits all.
Furthermore, by adopting such an approach, Animal Rescue Shelters would benefit, seeing a reduction in pets needing to be rehomed. Currently there is a lack of suitable accommodation and tenancies available accepting pets, within Social Housing and the Private Sector.
I realise there is no miracle around the corner, but if my huns story can save a life and become part of a much needed change, then will continue keeping his memory alive.
My huns life had meaning, his "furbabies" were his everything, they deserved so much more....
Please also remember you are never alone, its OK to say you are not OK. Check in on your friends, neighbours & family members.
Much Love to you all, Dee xxx
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