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People living In poverty with companion pets: barriers to access and support

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posted on 2021-05-24, 11:05 authored by Joey Violante
The purpose of this major research project was to make critical the experiences of people living in poverty and/or violent living situations with animal companions. I met with three participants; using qualitative semi-structured interviews, and a narrative approach. Participants highlighted issues of poverty, homelessness, gender-based violence and bounded choice in accessing services and supports. Using an intersectional feminist, post structural, and anti-oppressive analysis I explored the ideological and material barriers that impact women living in poverty with companion animals. This paper finishes with participants’ recommendations for change and implications for social work.





  • Master of Social Work


  • Social Work

Granting Institution

Ryerson University

LAC Thesis Type

  • MRP