Community partnerships

Lort Smith believes in the power of collaboration to deliver great programs and services to animals and people in our community.

Our current partnerships include working with:

  • other shelters and rescue groups – often referring and transferring animals between organisations to maximise outcomes and find the best possible homes for our animals
  • more than 50 health, aged care and other community service sites to bring the incredible benefits of animal interaction to people experiencing illness, adversity and loneliness
  • homelessness and family violence service providers to support pet carers in crisis – by helping to source accommodation for pets, and working with human services agencies to improve crisis and short-term accommodation options for pet carers experiencing hardship
  • government departments to trial programs that share the benefits of the human–animal bond to improve outcomes for young people in contact, or at risk of contact, with the youth justice system.