Dogs permitted to stay with owners at Glasgow homeless shelter
Glasgow City Mission has introduced a scheme to allow dogs to stay with their owners through the night at its Winter Night Shelter.
Beginning the initiative on January 24, the charity said it has worked with the Dogs Trust to supply food, treats and bedding for the pets.
The move comes after Simon Community Scotland issued new guidance on how landlords and local authority offices respond to homeless people and their pets.
‘Paws for Thought Enabling a life off the street’ recognised the vital role dogs can play in the lives of people who are homeless – including providing companionship and a reason to exercise.
A spokesperson for Glasgow City Mission said: “We recognise the importance of dogs to some of our guests and want to ensure that those who own a dog will be able to get a good night’s sleep in the shelter, knowing their dog is comfortable and warm beside them.
“We thank our friends at the Dogs Trust for their generosity in supplying all the necessary materials and accessories to allow us to launch this scheme. We have food, treats, bedding and toys ready and waiting.
“We would also like to thank all our agency partners for their support in this change in the night shelter, especially the Lodging House Mission where we host the night shelter.”