Sep 3, 2019

Joining Hands and Paws Across the Country

Nova and Jesscia
Nova and Jesscia

Since 2015, Pets of the HomelessTM has treated over 300 cats owned by the homeless across the country.  Of the over 3,700 treated, cats make up 11%; dogs 88% and 1% have been a pig, ferret, reptile and a bird.  A cat named Nova is just one of 70 emergency cases that we had during the month of July.  Here is Nova’s story.

Jessica has been homeless living in her van for two years with her companion, a spayed one and half year old cat named Nova.  Jessica receives food stamps.  She and Nova live in Cave Junction, a small rural city in Southwest Oregon.  

A dog had attacked Nova that left her left front paw partially severed.  Jessica drove 54 miles to the closest emergency veterinary hospital.  Jessica could only afford pain medications and have the paw bandaged. She spent the weekend calling around to charitable organizations because she could not afford the cost of the needed amputation.

After qualifying for benefits through Pets of the HomelessTM, we set out to create a new partnership with a local veterinarian. We contacted a hospital who quickly agreed to a partnership including discounted medical services. We were able to get Nova into the hospital that same day.

Nova was anesthetized and surgery for amputation was performed.  Later that evening, Nova awoke from anesthesia and acted just like her normal self. Pets of the Homeless spent $603 on her care and the vet provided $67 in discounts.

Jessica called Pets of the Homeless to say how thankful she was for our assistance.  She also said how wonderful and caring our new partner vet was, and how they treated her extremely well.  She could tell that they all really cared about Nova.

Your support has helped so many homeless who could not afford veterinary care for their pets.  You have helped relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets.

On behalf of the six staff in our office, our Board and myself, we thank you and appreciate your support.

If you have any questions about our four unique programs, please do not hesitate to call me at 775-841-7463 or email me at gf@petsofthehomeless.org

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Aug 8, 2019

Spreading Good Across the Country

My Love
My Love

Homelessness has increased in most parts of the country and the big problem is not just for humans, but also their pets, dogs and cats.  They are especially vulnerable because they depend on their human to take care of them.  Anything can happen to a pet that doesn't have the safety of a home.  But when a homeless dog is injured or ill, it's not as simple as going to the vet.  After all, their owner can't afford the bill beacuse they have liminted or no income.

Our records show that we have helped more than 1,400 homeless women and their pets.  Women like Jennifer and Ashley and their dogs.

Jennifer has been homeless for over six years and is currently living in her vehicle in Berkeley, CA. Jennifer called Pets of the Homeless in mid-July when she saw her eight year old Rat Terrier, My Love, was having a hard time eating. She noticed My Love was flinching when she ate dry food and was eating a lot less than usual. Jennifer was also concerned about the bad odor coming from her mouth.

Pets of the Homeless authorized an examination with one of our 927 network hospitals. Our partner vet examined her teeth and noticed they were in relatively good shape for her age and no extractions were needed.  The vet was concerned about how My Love was chewing on her tail and rear area. My Love had the beginning of an anal gland infection. They expressed the anal gland, gave medications, and provided injections to reduce the itching while she was healing. Pets of the Homeless provided $62.75 towards My Love’s care and our vet partner provided $56.00 in discounted services.

Ashley is recently homeless in Garden Grove, CA. She lives in her car with her two-year-old female terrier mix, Chanel.  Chanel has been very ill and lethargic for the last three days. She would not eat and would throw up whatever water she drank.

Ashley called Pets of the Homeless for assistance and we set up an examination with a new veterinary hospital partner.  They completed an exam and immediately started treating Chanel’s extreme dehydration.  They also completed radiographs, as they were concerned Chanel might have a blockage. Luckily, there was no blockage. Chanel was given intravenous antibiotics and fluids with electrolytes and dextrose.

Pets of the Homeless provided $635.50 in medical care and the hospital offered $158.50 in discounted services.

Ashley stated that after one day Chanel had perked up.  She is now eating and drinking normally. Ashley states she is acting like herself again.  Ashley is so grateful and thankful Pets of the Homeless was there for her and Chanel. 

Many pets going into homeless with their owners become just as stressed as their owner.  The emotional bond these animals have with their owners is so strong that many times the pets show the same symptoms as Chanel did.

Will you help us save the lifes of pets that belong to the homeless?

My sincere thanks.

Chanel
Chanel

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Jun 6, 2019

Pets belonging to the homeless are the most loving

Whitney
Whitney

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.

Emergency Veterinary Care is our most expensive budget item.  Budgeted for this year, $300,000, we have to limit treatments to $25,000 a month.  Once reached, we have to put clients on a waiting list, unless it is a true emergency like the two cases in this article.  As of today, we have already spent over $129,000 on emergencies.   It is supporters like yourself that have made it possible to help pets of homeless people across the country.

Thor & Chris

Chris and Thor have been in Carlsbad for a month.  His wife is currently in the hospital. They were living in his car before it broke down, but now he lives on the street with Thor near the hospital. 

Chris arrived at the Carlsbad Animal Hospital with his sleeping bag and everything he owned in a backpack. A dog who jumped out of a car outside of Catholic Charities where he was getting a daypack of food and attacked his 8-year-old Shepherd mix, Thor. Thor’s back right leg had puncture wounds and a gash that required surgical repair.

Pets of the Homeless provided $771.89 in funding for the laceration repair and we were able to neuter Thor. Our Veterinary Partner donated $385.00 in services to assist Chris and Thor.

Whitey & John

On May 1st, 2019, John called Pets of the Homeless because his dog Whitey had a deep gash on his back. Whitey is a two year old neutered Labrador mix.  John does everything he can for his pets and he makes sure their needs are met before his own. John and his dogs sleep on the streets in San Diego. He learned about Pets of the Homeless through an Animal Control Officer who took John and Whitey directly to our veterinary hospital partner in El Cajon. John states Whitey sustained the injury when another dog attacked him.  Although John always keeps his pets on a leash, not all pet owners do the same.

Our veterinary partner provided Pets of the Homeless with a discount and we authorized a surgical repair of the laceration with sedation, a drain, and medication.  We funded $482.32 in treatment and our veterinary partner provided $120.58 in discounted services. Whitey is healing fabulously and John couldn’t be happier.

The truth is these innocent pets have no home and all they have is their best friend, their owner who is also homeless.  And there aren’t many places where the pets can get help.  Most homeless shelters do not allow pets.

Will you help us save the life of pets like Whitney and Thor?  You won’t just save one life.  You might save two.

Thor
Thor

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