About Us

Our Vision-
To bring the LGBTQIA+ community together through the love of dogs.
 
Our Mission – 
To champion dogs as emotional support animals and acknowledge them in service to LGBTQIA+ lives.
 
Our Aims:
1. To coordinate and provide dog-friendly social events, activities and media for the LGBTQIA+ community to:
– reduce social isolation
– promote social contact
– increase mental, emotional and physical wellbeing
– build social confidence
– increase networking opportunities
– foster understanding between people from diverse sexual and gender orientations
– improve inclusion and participation in the wider society
– provide signposting opportunities to other service providers
2. To educate LGBTQIA+ individuals in dog welfare and responsible dog ownership, improving the health and safety of the LGBTQIA+ community and wider public.

3. To coordinate a thriving network of volunteers that positively supports and develops the capacity and skills of LGBTQIA+ individuals.

Rainbow Pooch!
Rainbow Pooch in the cafe!
Rainbow Pooch Pride Dog after a walk.

Often for a person identifying as LGBTQIA+ having an animal friend goes far beyond just pet ownership.

For some the animal companion may have been the first living being that an LGBTQIA+ individual ‘came out’ to. For others they form an integral part of our ‘alternate’ families. Whatever way we look at it these four legged friends have provided great comfort, and offered unconditional love, acceptance and a non judgemental ear in times of struggle. Their constant and devoted presence easing our moments of isolation and bringing much comfort, laughter and love. We still live in a world fraught with homophobic tensions. The presence of social prejudices against sexual orientation and gender orientation mean that an LGBTQIA+ individual is three times more likely to experience a mental health condition in their lifetime. Often these animals friends of ours can be found in the background providing their silent support in times of need. Rainbow Pooch Pride is dedicated to celebrating our Rainbow Pooch Warriors just as they are.

Don’t have a dog?

Don’t worry everyone is welcome!

Dog lovers and owners come together to Rainbow Pooch Pride…flag held high.

Rainbow Pooch Pride Dog after a walk.
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