Aug 26, 2014

Emergency Cases

Munchie
Munchie

Since the last report from Pets of the Homeless at the end of June 2014, the agency has helped 136 cats and 304 dogs with vaccines, spay/neuters, and emergency cases.

A few cases:

A cat named Spirit, is only two years old and was having mouth pain, rubbing on everything; she could barely open her mouth to eat. POTH paid for an exam, rabies, feline distemper, leukemia screen (negative), pain medication and antibiotics. She needs most of her teeth pulled which would cost up to $2K. We have a policy that we can only provide up to $500 in care which is now exhausted. Her homeless owner will seek additional help from other organizations.

A homeless couple living in a campground was given POTH’s phone number for help. Their 12 year old lab, Saige, needed antibiotics for a tooth infection. Then a few days later POTH got the call that Saige was unable to get up, she had a tick removed and she tested positive for Lyme disease.

Ashley is homeless with an 8 year old Chihuahua. Munchie had a raw skin patch and her nails were really long. At the exam the veterinarian was concerned that the dog had a hernia. POTH paid for a double Inguinal hernia surgery, nail trim, and skin scrapping which was negative for mange.

Chelsea calls home a van in Riverside, CA she called because a puppy she found on the side of the road had a dislocated and fractured jaw. POTH paid for the exam, surgery, medication and vaccinations.

Pia Googled POTH looking for help. She lives in a van and was traveling through Colorado. Her dog Peyote had an eye infection. POTH paid for the exam and eye drops. Pia called to say Peyote was doing much better, she was very grateful for our help.

Since 2008, over 80% of every dollar that is donated has gone to one of our programs. GlobalGiving donations are restricted to the Emergency Care Program.

Programs:
1) Pet Food Collection and Distribution; The agency engages over 400 volunteers that coordinate the collected pet food and supplies, and delivers these items to distribution sites. Distribution sites are agencies such as food kitchens and pantries serving the vulnerable populations (homeless, disabled) with free food for pet and owner;
2) The Emergency Care Program provides treatment for an injured or ill pet. POTH networks with licensed veterinary hospitals who provide services at a discounted rate of 20-25 percent in the community where the pet and owner reside. All cases are pre- authorized for treatment which includes the updating of vaccinations. Payment is made directly to the hospital. Examples include: worms; parvo; swallowing of foreign objects; open skin lesions; palpable growth; mange (skin mites) and broken bones.
3) Wellness Clinics: These are partnerships with veterinarians to provide free clinics. The veterinarian and staff donate their time and expertise; POTH pays for vaccinations and supplies (minimum of a 1:1 match). The clinics offer vaccinations, basic exams, minor treatment, medications and vouchers for spay or neutering (at no cost to the pet owner). If a pet is examined at the clinic and requires extensive treatment, they are referred to the emergency care program;
4) Sleeping Crates: POTH purchases sleeping crates for homeless shelters that allow pets to reside with owners if the animal is crated. Often owners who want to sleep in a shelter will not if their pet is not allowed. The crates then become the property of the homeless shelter allowing for continual use.

Munchie
Munchie
Precious
Precious
Peyote
Peyote

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Jun 30, 2014

Your Donations at Work!

Furby
Furby

Your donations helped Furby.  He lives with a homeless woman in Riverside, CA in a homeless camp. He was attacked by another dog and the result was a large bite on his leg. Pets of the Homeless was called immediately and we were able to have him treated. He was given an exam, was given pain meds, anesthesia, wound repair, bandaged and additional meds. The total cost was $395 the hospital gave us 10% discount. He is doing good and back with his Mom.

Your support makes it possible for Pets of the Homeless to help dogs like Furby. 

Thank you donors!

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Jun 10, 2014

Meet Akellah

Akellah
Akellah

This emergency case is one of many that Pets of the Homeless and your donations support every day.

Meet Akellah, she is a 9 year old, 60 pound Whippet mix that has skin issues. Her homeless owner called POTH to receive help. Akellah was itching, losing her hair and had black patches on her skin, she was miserable. One of the many vet hospitals that work with POTH at a discount performed an exam, skin scrapping (for mites), prescribed skin medication and gave her a medicated shampoo all for $240. The doctor told the owner and POTH she may have food allergies and/or flea allergies. Her owner will first try to get the fleas under control to see if her symptoms  subside.

We continue to be grateful for everyone's support, especially knowing that without people like you, we would not be able to do what we do to help dogs like Akellah.

Fiscal year-to-date:

  • 32 cats treated
  • 209 dogs treated
  • $21,928 Emergency Veterinary Care
  • $6,861 Wellness Clinics
  • $706 Spay/Neuter Surgeries

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