In Victoria the wonderful Royal District Nursing Service has entered into partnership with the Lort Smith Animal Hospital, another great organisation.
Lort Smith, subject to availability, will provide emergency pet boarding service for up to six weeks for the pets of RDNS clients who are temporarily unable to take care of them, due to having to be away from home.
Not only does this give sick people the security of knowing their pets are cared for, but it's free. Lort Smith will transport the animals, and also provide food, upkeep and veterinary care.
As the newsletter of the RDNS says, pets positively affect people's helth, 'at a time when it is needed most'.
I couldn't agree more.