Published On: 8 October 2020Categories: Stories

Loaves and Fishes partner, A Paw Up, ensures family pets are not forgotten when their owners are doing it tough.

A Paw Up founding director and animal lover, Deb Conley, said in hard times owners often go without food to feed their animals, to the detriment of both.

“People can’t afford pet food so they give their animals some of what little food they have, but unfortunately neither the owners or their animals are getting enough of the right kind of food which leads to sickness,” she said.

A Paw Up collects premium dog and cat food from suppliers or from private donations at various collection points which is distributed through various agencies including Loaves and Fishes.

“We just wouldn’t have the State-wide reach without Loaves and Fishes,” Deb said.

“Pet food is included in the made-to-order emergency family food hampers collected by agencies each week for families in need.”

A Paw Up also provides emergency foster care for pets. They also work alongside Pets in the Park, a program providing free veterinary care for the pets of those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

“A Paw up is a great organisation,” said Loaves and Fishes Hobart Warehouse coordinator, Oswald Schneider.

“We have the privilege of storing their food in return for distributing excellent wet and dry dog and cat food.”

Collection points for A paw Up donations are at Loaves and Fishes warehouse, 12 Mill Lane, Glenorchy; Loaves and Fishes Devonport, warehouse, 136-140 Don Road;
Midway Point Neighbourhood House, Midway Point; Woolworths, Campbell Street, Hobart;
Emma’s Dog Walking Service, 87 Wilmot Road, Huonville
The Cat Cafè, Elizabeth Street, North Hobart; Office of Rebecca White MP, 33 Cole Street, Sorell; Office of Josh Willie MLC, 1/16 Albert Road, Moonah;

Office of David O’Byrne, 18 Ross Avenue, Rosny Park.

Contact A Paw Up on 0420 363 122, or at

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