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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Feb 8, 2021

Austin and Kita a Success Story

The human animal bond has been receiving more press lately because of the pandemic.  People staying home with their dogs and cats have bonded more than ever before. What science has discovered is that having a pet decreased stress, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, increased physical activity, improved recovery and increased longevity.  The companionship of my dog brightens my day and reduces my stress while I work from home.  For the homeless the bond with their pet is as strong as ever because they have always been together 24/7. 

This case was taken a few months ago. At the time Austin was living in a motel through a program at Homeward Bound for Homeless Veterans in Marin.  

Austin had been homeless for one year.  Austin suffers from PTSD from his Military Service in Afghanistan.  He is unable to get employment due to the lockdown in CA due to COVID-19.  He receives a small amount of food stamps.  Austin was referred to Feeding Pets of the Homeless from the San Francisco SPCA.

Kita is Austin’s 5-month old Husky who was donated to him after his other dog was hit by a car and died.  Kita was diagnosed with a severe dental malocclusion and needed surgery.    Feeding Pets of the Homeless, Aggie Dental Center along with Humane Society were able to work together to provide the treatment that was needed.  Feeding Pets of the Homeless pledged $1,200 dollars towards the $3,500 surgery.   The dental extraction was completed and Kita completely recovered.  Kita is a happy pup again.  We wish them both well and thank Austin for his service.

 I am grateful that you were able to contribute to help dogs like Kita. 

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