Jan 25, 2017

End of another successful year, thanks to you!


No pet, no matter who is the guardian, should be hungry. The same belief that led to starting Feeding Pets of the Homeless – has blossomed into a nationwide movement of people who join us in feeding and providing veterinary care to pets belonging to the homeless.

It is people like you who supported us by stepping forward and saying, “I want to be a part of this. I believe this is the right thing to do.” Before we knew it, we had friends from around the country willing to help recruit donation sites, deliver pet food to food banks, or take pet food out to the streets where the homeless congregate. We had veterinarians willing to discount their fees to help a pet with an emergency illness or injury or who wanted to do more by donating time and materials to have wellness clinics. We had thousands of donors take pet food to donation sites and thousands more who felt they could help by donating monetary contributions.

During 2016, we helped 410 pets (378 dogs, 30 cats and 2 other types of pets) that needed emergency veterinary care at a cost of $122,765.   We have had the honor of working with 150 hospitals in 26 states. 

In one case, Pets of the Homeless received a call from a homeless woman who lives on the streets in Kempner, TX about her dog Smoke, a 9 year old male Husky mix. Smoke had been attacked by another dog the day after Christmas. There was a huge open wound on Smoke’s neck and she had been cleaning it. An abcess formed. Pets of the Homeless approved an examination. Then we provided financial assistance for surgery to repair Smoke’s ear and neck. This included, an examination, medical clip and prep, clean, blood work, anesthesia, wound dressing, E-collar, medications, hospitalization, suture wound, monitor blood pressure and pulse during the hospital stay.

In 2016, people like you proved once again that none of us will settle for anything less than compassion. Together, we will all do whatever it takes to eliminate hunger or pain.

Thank you for another incredible year.

Oct 26, 2016

Annual Campaign


Thank you for your support of Pets of the Homeless’ mission.  We are grateful to have earned your trust.  Your past donation tells us you care about pets and the homeless. We ask that you please continue to invest in our Annual Campaign to support our programs which are free for pets whose guardian is homeless.

Because of your support and generosity, Pets of the Homeless can continue to help pets like Nibbler and Shellynn.

Pets of the Homeless received a call from a veterinary office in Citrus Heights CA regarding Nibbler, a 10 month old Pit Bull Boxer mix.   Nibbler had puppy mange and was very skinny.  The veterinary technician gave Nibbler a free examination and said that Nibbler had very bad puppy mange, so bad that the tech cried. Nibbler’s homeless guardian lives in a garage without running water.  We approved medications and special medicated shampoo to treat the mange.

Shellynn is a 12 year old female albino Swedish Mountain cat and stays with her homeless guardian who is a Veteran in his van in Rancho Cucamonga, CA.  Shellyn was dragging her back legs and she was urinating uncontrollably.  Pets of the Homeless approved an examination, IV fluids, bloodwork, urinalysis, and an x-ray.  She was treated for a urinary tract infection with antibiotics.  Shellyn’s homeless guardian was so very thankful for Pets of the Homeless’ help and compassion.

87 percent of every $1 you donate goes directly to Pets of the Homeless’ free programs.

In order to meet our mission and provide services in your community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support.  Your donation makes the lives of these pets a little easier and healthier.

Please donate on our website at www.petsofthehomeless.org.  Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size.  A $225 gift will pay the average cost of one emergency veterinary visit.

 Won’t you help again?

Your support helps us accomplish our mission:

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.

Pets of the Homeless is unique in that it is the only national nonprofit that offers free pet food, sponsors wellness clinics for low income and homeless, and gives free emergency veterinary care to pets whose guardians are homeless. 

Donation Sites - 430 + businesses that promote to the public that they will accept donations of pet food and supplies for pets of the homeless and low-income families.  Donation Sites have collected and distributed over 439 tons of pet food with an estimated fair market value of over $1.77 million.  The donations are delivered to Pet Food Providers.

Pet Food Providers - 430 + existing food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters that currently provide free food including pet food to the homeless and low income families.

Pets of the Homeless has provided veterinary treatment (emergency care and wellness clinics) to over 14,100 pets across the U.S. and Canada at a cost of over $417,000, since 2008.

Pets of the Homeless has created a wide network that has garnered media attention locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for its good work.  A few high points this year:

  • A documentary featuring Pets of the Homeless produced by EliteDaily.com in 2016 has attracted new donors and volunteers – if you missed it, please view it on our website under “About Us”/”What We Do”.
  • Pets of the Homeless was awarded the “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Measures by the Community Associations Institute as well as top honor in the Nevada Business Magazine’s Family Owned Business Awards, “Don’t Forget to Share”.
  • 111,000 + Likes on Facebook

Your gift is appreciated by so many this Holiday Season!

Sincerely yours,



Aug 30, 2016

Carlos, Prince and Rollin


The media tells us that homelessness is going down.  But how are the homeless counted?  There is no easy answer to this question and, in fact, the question itself is misleading. In most cases, homelessness is a temporary circumstance -- not a permanent condition. A more appropriate measure of the magnitude of homelessness is the number of people who experience homelessness over time, not the number of "homeless people."

By its very nature, homelessness is impossible to measure with 100% accuracy. Recent studies suggest that the United States generates homelessness at a much higher rate than previously thought. The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty estimates that 3.5 million people are likely to experience homelessness in any given year.  Estimates from the National Coalition for the Homeless suggest that five to ten percent of homeless people have dogs or cats.  We conservatively estimate that 25% have pets.  Our records show that 62% of cases are homeless women asking for emergency veterinary care and over 6% are American veterans.  Many pets are companion pets and service animals.

The homeless population includes families, veterans, those who struggle with mental illness, unemployment, physical disabilities and substance abuse.  Homeless individuals feel isolated, vulnerable and outcasts of society. Their pet makes them feel loved, wanted and protected.

A pet’s love for its guardian is unconditional, and unaltered by the lack of housing or income.

To the homeless individual, their pet is their world, an extension of themselves.  Their pet signifies that one thing is right in their world amid the uncertainty of their daily lives.  The bond is one of unconditional love. 

Faced with little or no income, coupled with the uncertainty of where they will sleep each night the homeless have no funds when their pet requires emergency treatment for an acute illness or injury.  The pet guardians served by Pets of the Homeless are just like any other pet guardian, they love their pet and do not want it to suffer.  They do not want their circumstances of homelessness to be a barrier to their pet’s wellness.

Please donate to today to help pets like:

Carlos, an eleven year old Rottweiler mix lives in a tent in Arizona with Debra.  Carlos had an ear infection.  Pets of the Homeless paid for an exam, ear cytology, ear flush and medications. 

Prince, lives in a car with his homeless guardian in North Carolina.  The disabled woman called Pets of the Homeless about her Terrier mix service dog, Prince when she thought he might have a broken tail because he could not lay down due to the pain.  Luckily, Prince’s tail was only badly bruised.  We paid for an exam and pain medication.

Pets of the Homeless received a call from a disabled homeless man who lives on the streets in Northern California.  He was concerned because his companion dog, Rollin, a 4 year old male blue-nosed Pit Bull Terrier who was limping, licking his paws, and had blisters from all the walking on hot pavement they had been doing.  Pets of the Homeless paid for an exam, antibiotics, special cleaning wipes for his infected paws, and we updated his distemper/parvo and rabies vaccinations.  The owner was not interested in having his dog neutered which we would have paid.  



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