In my work in Toronto homeless shelters I’ve had the chance to put together a resource list for homeless pets, including free pet food, veterinary care, and fostering services for people fleeing domestic violence. The last one is particularly important, as evidence shows that violent abusers often use threats against pets as a method of threatening or preventing those who are abused from leaving the relationship. These resources are specific to Toronto, but check out the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association site for information on SafePet programs throughout Ontario.
It’s true that there aren’t many texts out there detailing the practice and experience of radical (and, dare I say it, even anarchist) social work. In fact, though I’ve frequently seen it practiced and sometimes described in passing, I’ve only ever read one dedicated book on the subject; the self-published Anarchists in Social Work: Known to the Authorities by Martin S. Gilbert, Mark A. Newns, Peter Good, John Evans, and Doreen Frampton, which is fortunately freely available above. (more…)