Sep 11, 2021

Veteran Pet Support

Bubba
Bubba

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness there are over 37,252 veterans experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2020.   What you may not know is that nearly a quarter of them have pets, or more accurately, companions, friends, protectors and providers of unconditional love. 

In a 2019 report by the VA, approximately 17 U.S. veterans commit suicide every day as PTSD and other mental illnesses, disease and harsh conditions take their toll.  The emotional nourishment these animals provide in keeping their humans comforted, is beyond calculation.  The care the homeless give to their animals is astonishing, given their resources.  In almost all cases of relations between a homeless person and an animal, the animal eats first.  However, like the homeless veterans themselves, these pets need food, medical care and other basics, as they are susceptible to the same hunger and medical conditions that household pets are.  They are not sick animals; they just need a little help to do their job.

These animals of the homeless – dogs, cats and other creatures – are noble, loyal, loving protective and committed to service, just like the veteran men and women whose problems they help heal as best they can.

That is why we have incorporated a new program called “Veteran Pet Support” for homeless veterans and veterans in the HUD-VASH program.  Paying for veterinary care when their pets are injured or ill. 

Bubba Davis

Bubba and his owner have been living in an RV in Southern California with no hook ups for the past five years.  Ms. Davis is disabled and receives SSDI.    She reached out to Feeding Pets of the Homeless for her 9-year-old neutered pit bull Bubba.  Bubba had a severe ear hematoma. 

An intake interview was completed and homeless verification was provided.

An exam was approved at one of our 1,140 network hospitals. Following the exam, it was determined that Bubba would need surgery to fix the ear hematoma.  Surgery was completed and vaccinations were updated as well.  

Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $2,000 towards Bubbas care and a discount of $ 1,418 was given to cover the total cost.

Bubba’s Mom called the case manager a few days after surgery and reported that he was doing wonderful in his recovery.  

Since we do not receive government funding, we reply on public support to deliver ermergency veterinary services. 

Feeding Pets of the Homeless (aka) Pets of the Homeless became a recognized 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization registered with the State of Nevada in 2008.  Charity Navigator rated us 100 of 100 and GuideStar rated us a “Platinum.”  We are registered as a charity with all States with registration requirements.

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Aug 16, 2021

Man's Best Friends - Mickey and Kat

Mickey
Mickey

By the time a person ends up on the streets, they have cycled through their family members and friends, they have run out of cars to live in and couches to crash on, it is very hard to imagine anyone with greater need for a loyal compaion… a pet that is there for them, to give uncodintional love, comfort, strength and protection without judgement.

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Ms. Obrien has been homeless living on the streets of Stockton CA for the past two years. She is elderly, disabled and receives SSI and food stamps.  She does not have her own transportation and relies on her homeless friends to drive her places.

Ms. Obrien reached out to Feeding Pets of the Homeless for assistance for her 9-year-old neutered male yorkie terrier mix named Mickey. She had stated that Mickey appeared to be choking on something and coughing. An intake was completed and homeless verification was provided.

An exam was approved at one of our 1,138 hospitals.  Following an exam, blood work and x-rays, it was determined, that Mickey had kennel cough. Mickey was given an injection and meds.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless provided $759 (after a $20 discount) towards Mickeys care.

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Kellie is an edlerly homeless woman who has been living in her RV in Sacramento, CA for many years.  She is disabled living on SSI and food stamps.  She parks on streets that she feels safe. Kat has been her companion and protection for 11 years.  Kat is a German Shepard Mix. Kellie called Feeding Pets of the Homeless after finding us on the internet.

Kat, her dog had been involved in a hit and run car accident.  Kellie thought Kat had internal bleeding and a broken leg and suffered for three days before she reached out for help. 

Feeding Pets of the Homeless approved the exam and after sedation and x-rays, the vet diagnosed several fractures.  She was sent home with pain medication.  He gave a referral for possible neurological issues at the follow up visit with a possibility for the need of tail amputation.  We paid $703 for these visits.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless scheduled the follow up exam at another hospital that could help at a reduced cost. 

At the other hospital Kat was examined, again, more x-rays and blood work were done and Kat went back to the RV with more pain medication.  We also provided vaccinations and worm prevention based on the living situation, at a cost of $407.  The doctor provided an estimate for the tail amputation of $1,518. The surgery was finally done and Kat is doing well.

Kat
Kat

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Jul 14, 2021

Nuggets and Lucky

Nuggets
Nuggets

Selection of stories to feature for this report each month is difficult.  We average up to 20 paid emergency cases a week and have up to 70 pending cases.  A pending case has been delayed due to the need of homeless verification, an appointment for an exam that has been pushed out for days – weeks depending on the hospital or the case manager is waiting for call back for treatment plan and estimate or for payment.  They may be pending because the person/pet was a no show for an appointment due to transportation issues and we are waiting to hear back so we can re-schedule.  

Mark has been homeless living in his van for the past five years in Oakland, CA. He is unemployed and receives food stamps.

Mark reached out to Feeding Pets of the Homeless because his two-year-old male Korgi mix had a puncture wound on his paw and an ear infection.  Nuggets is neutered and is current on vaccinations.

An intake interview was completed and homeless verification was provided.

We approved an exam at one of our 1,100 network hospitals.  The exam included ear cytology, injections and X-rays. Nugget was provided medication for an infection.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $334 towards care for Nuggets.

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From a client:

“First I want you guys to know that I’m grateful for the help which you guys provided for my dog.  The case manager was very helpful and guided me in the direction so that my dog could be seen by a vet.  I called her at about 9:15 am, and she found a vet in my area and she scheduled my appointment for 11am. When I arrived, everything was taken care of. Thanks to Feeding Pets of the Homeless. Thanks once again.”

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When you are homeless, you are at risk of domestic violence.  This case was called in by one of our network hospitals when Christina walked into the hospital with Lucky her thirteen-month old female pit-bull mix.  Lucky had received multiple stab wounds by the abuser when protecting Christina.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless was able to pledge $857 for the exam, labs, fluids and sedation needed to make laceration repairs. 

Lucky went home with Christina, which is a car, with an e-collar and pain medications.

It is with your support that we have eased the suffering of pets while easing the anguish of their human who do not have the resources to pay a veterinary hospital.

Lucky
Lucky

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