May 18, 2021

Dogs of Homeless: Boo and Momo

Boo
Boo

Attitudes are changing, masks are coming off, and people are generally feeling much better about life.  I hope you are too.

Unlike last year, a new vitality is changing us.  If we keep a positive attitude, life can be great, positive energy is needed so we can move ahead and enjoy our lives again.   You can be the one to change the attitudes of those around you.  I hope you do.

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” - Roy T. Bennett

Monnie has been homeless for almost four years in Southern California.   She receives food stamps and is disabled with SSI pending. She does not have transportation. Monnie reached out to Feeding Pets of the Homeless because her 13-year-old Male Terrier, Boo, was not eating or drinking and was lethargic. An intake interview was completed and homelessness was verified. An exam was approved at Garden Grove Dog and Cat Hospital. Following the exam and lab work, the outcome was that Boo was suffering from diabetes.  Boo was provided insulin, IV fluids and hospitalized until he was stable enough to return home.  Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $1,126 towards the care for Boo and the hospital discounted $85.

This case brings up a number of concerns. 

One: Being disabled and applying for SSI disability can take years until a final discussion is made, usually in a court of law by a judge.  Meanwhile the person remains homeless and their health deteriorates.

Two: Once a pet is diagnosed with an ongoing issue such as diabetes or cancer we can no longer help that pet.  We do not have the funds to continue to provide meds and treatments for the life of a pet.  We give the owner resources of other organizations that can and will help.  

Three:  Without transportation, it is a challenge to keep an appointment and many times the pet is not treated.  Our case managers are very aware of this problem and try to find a hospital within walking distance.  

Jeffrey is homeless in the Lancaster, CA area.  He has been homeless for two years and lives in a shack he built in a vacant lot.  He is working with a social worker at Mental Health America.  He receives food stamps and general relief.  He called Feeding Pets of the Homeless concerned about his dog, Momo, a 2–year-old unaltered female Great Dane Mix.  He had found Momo as a puppy, abandoned in the desert near his shack.  Momo was involved in a dogfight.  She was limping on her front leg and had bite marks are her ears.  We approved an exam at one of our 1,060 hospitals.   After the examination, the veterinarian recommended x-rays, sedation and a pain injection.  After the x-rays it was determined there were no fractures.  We assisted with $490. Which also included anti-inflammatory injection and medications, and additional pain medications.  The hospital discounted $405.

Jeffery
Jeffery
Momo
Momo

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Apr 12, 2021

Homeless and their pets

Becoming homeless … a missing paycheck, a foreclosure, an eviction, a medical emergency, a domestic violence incident, drug and alcohol addiction and so many other reasons.  We hear about them every day.   We hear the anguish of a caller who doesn’t have the means to help their pet when it is injured or ill or when their pet is hungry.  We hear the heartbreak when a pet has to be put down because the owner did not have our number to call for help in time. 

There are a number of ways you can help.  Of course, donating cash to pay for the treatments and pet food at GlobalGiving each month, but you can do even more….You can help by spreading the word to social workers, first responders, food banks, homeless shelters and to the homeless that you see on the side of a road.  We are easy to reach once you have our website and phone number.  We take all calls.  If fact last year, staff took over 8,400 calls from people wanting to know where they could get pet food, veterinary care and where was a homeless located that would allow their pet. 

Each month I highlight a case so that you can read about the circumstances and how we helped. 

Amy has been living in her RV for the past three years in Arizona at a homeless encampment. She does not utilize any public services and has zero income.  Amy does not have any reliable transportation and others in the camp help. Amy contacted Feeding Pets of the Homeless because her two-year-old female pit bull had been shot in the right front paw by another homeless individual at the camp. The dog was in severe pain and bleeding.  An intake interview was completed and homeless verification was provided.  The case manager approved an exam at one of the 1,060 veterinary hospitals in our network across the country.  Following the exam, it was determined that Little Girl would need her leg amputated due to the injury. Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $1,300 towards Little Girls surgery.  The hospital discounted over $200. 

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Mar 8, 2021

Recon and Mary

Recon
Recon

Illness and injury can strike any pet, but for those pets that live with a homeless person it can be devastating when there are no funds to treat the pet.   Even providing pet food can be overwhelming and cost prohibitive.   

Feeding Pets of the Homeless® believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond, which is very important in the lives of many homeless. They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets. They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less. Our task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets.

Mary has been homeless living in her RV in Las Vegas, NV for the past five months.  Mary is disabled and receives SSI.

Mary’s dog is a seven-year-old male German Shepard named Recon.  Mary reached out to Feeding Pets of the Homeless because Recon had an infected testicle.  An intake interview was completed as well as homeless verification.  

Feeding Pets of the Homeless approved an exam at a local hospital. Following the exam, it was determined that Recon would require surgery to remove the infected testicle.  Vaccinations were updated, surgery included: IV Fluids, hospital stay, pain meds, sutures and a biopsy.  Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $1,300 towards surgery, which was over $2,500.

Our network of 1,060 hospitals, across the country, have discounted thousands of dollars.  It illustrates their compassion for the less fortunate.

Mary contacted the case manager to let us know that Recon is recovering very well from his surgery.

Thanks to you, we are able to provide free veterinary care to dogs like Recon.

A special “Thank You” to recurring monthly donors, you have my sincere gratitude.

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