Nov 7, 2018

"You saved him, he saved me, now we save others."

Buddybear and Eric
Buddybear and Eric

Selecting reports to feature for this project can be difficult, they all are depressing due to the circumstances of the owner of the pet.  However, at the same time some have a happing ending.  It is comforting knowing that we have eased the suffering of pets that belong to the homeless because of your support.

To the team at Pets of the Homeless,

You saved him, he saved me, now we save others.

Thank you for your service!!

Back in July of 2013 I was down on my luck, homeless and in fear of losing my best friend, my Dog Buddybear.   Your team set in motion the series of events that led to Buddybear receiving an emergency surgery that saved his life.   This selfless act filled my heart with much needed love and hope.   The reason I am writing this, is to let you know how important that act of kindness was to me.  It gave me the strength to keep going and taught me the importance of giving back to the community.  Buddybear and I were able to get back up our feet and (Paws).  Now, we are in a position to give back to others that are in need of a helping hand up.  

Thank you for all that you do.

With much love and respect,

Erik Aalgaard

Case Manager, Workforce Coordinator, and MOST Team Member

Douglas County Social Services


Pets of the Homeless received a call from a homeless woman named Nancy.  She is disabled, and living in her car.  She has been homeless for about 2 years, and learned about us on Facebook.  She sent us a message on Facebook and we told her to call us directly to apply for assistance.

Nancy was concerned about her two dogs.  Durranis, a 9-year-old male Queensland Chihuahua mix had something in his ear and some growths on the back of his neck and one on his belly.    Minishe, a 6-year-old female Shihtzu had something, maybe a tic on her head.  We approved examinations at a local for both dogs.

After the exams, the doctor called our Case Manager.  Durranis has skin nodules that should be removed.  We approved mass removal which is scheduled for November 7, 2018. 

Minishe was diagnosed with a growth on her head.  The doctor told Nancy to keep an eye on it and to come back if it changes.

Nancy’s boyfriend, Larry also had a concern about his dog, Lala, a 16-year-old Chihuahua.  Lala seemed to possibly have cataracts in her eyes and was not using her back legs. 

The vet recommended and we approved eye drops and pain medications. 

Message from Nancy via Facebook:

I want to thank you so much for helping our dogs with the vet visit. The oldest one 16 got her eye drops and pain med and her eyes are clearing up and I think she can see a little bit anyway. The meds calm her down so her quality of life has improved. My dog Durranis is scheduled for surgery to remove the growth on his neck. I’m nervous about it but thankful it can be done. Vet said he’s in good shape for 9 years old! And Minishe’s growth he said to keep an eye on it. Everyone was really nice there and didn’t treat us different for being homeless! We are so thankful to you for this help. God Bless you all!

Your donations made it possible for us to help dogs like Minishe, Durranis, Lala and Buddybear.  These and all cases are paid directly to the hospitals at time of service. 

Thank you once again!


Oct 18, 2018

Joining Hands & Paws for Pets of the Homeless

"She won't leave me behind"
"She won't leave me behind"

Summers are hotter; storms are more violent, the winters more frigid and snowy.  The pet of a homeless person is in a situation he or she has never been in before.  Withstanding these extremes on the streets has become a nearly overwhelming task.  However, you can help to improve their pain and suffering.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless is the only national organization dedicated to feeding and providing emergency veterinary care to the pets of the homeless.  It is a challenging undertaking.  The number of homelessness grows and so too does the number of pets.  The strains and demands on resources expands in proportion.

Many homeless citizens are women.  Many are veterans.  Many had a job and a home just last week.  They have kids. Forty percent of homeless are kids under eighteen.  And of course an increasing percentage of them have pets: often for the only love and companionship they will receive; for warmth, protection from beatings, robberies and even sexual assault in unthinkable environments.

The dogs and cats who live on the streets did not ask to be there just like their homeless owners.  Nevertheless, they valiantly do their duty 24 hours a day and seven days a week.  Sharing the hardships of their companions, they are the most noble of creatures—asking nothing, giving all, taking what is given, enduring all hardships.

While their human companions, many who are sick, exhausted, mentally ill, and otherwise encumbered, do their very, very best to feed and care for their animals, they need your help.  Your donations often reflect the difference between life and death for an animal who so deserves your care and concern.

There are many deserving organizations reaching out to you for help.  A donation of $245.75 will pay for the average emergency case.  We are not asking for much.  We are asking for anything that your heart will allow you to donate because we know you care about pets that belong to the homeless. 

Your generosity joined with others who have a similar commitment to the Pets of the Homeless vision has allowed us, these past twelve months, to provide 1,170 companion and service animals with emergency veterinary care.  Treatment for infections, broken limbs, digestive issues, lacerations, parvo, skink issues, fleas and dental issues.  You have also helped us to provide 27,514 cans of pet food and 162,629 pounds of pet food plus crates, beds, collars, leashes, flea/tick treatments, and toys for thousands of pets across the country.  We are thankful and energized by the support you give, which will be all the more important in this coming year.  We are handling, on average 32 cases a week now.  Our average growth rate for cases over ten years is now at 118%!  Over 74% of phone calls turn into emergency cases.

Winter is approaching!  Please help these dogs and cats who, just like their human companions, are on the streets through no fault of their own.

"I am his only friend."
"I am his only friend."


Jul 30, 2018

Support Needed as Emergency Cases Increase


Home is not a place.  It’s being with someone who cares and loves you.

Your support is so very appreciated, more than words can express. 

During the second quarter (April - June), Pets of the Homeless paid for 501 emergency cases, a 45% increase over the first quarter.  Our cost $89,049, a 63% increase.  Hospitals discounted $21,006, a 66% increase, a testament of their compassion to help pets of the homeless. 

As word spreads, more and more homeless are calling for our help to stop the pain of their beloved companions and we need your help.   

Selecting stories to feature for this report is very difficult, all are sad.  At the same time, it is comforting knowing that we have eased the suffering of pets that belong to the homeless.

June 14 - Eve called Pets of the Homeless and asked for assistance with her 170-pound Bull Mastiff, Kato. Eve is a homeless woman in the San Diego, California area. She is living in her car with Kato and told Pets of the Homeless that she is finally getting into a pet friendly shelter. She asked for assistance with getting a big enough crate sent to the shelter that Kato could sleep in because there wasn’t enough room in her car for the both of them anymore. Pets of the Homeless helped Eve get a crate drop shipped to the shelter. Eve also informed us that Kato had an eye infection. She said one of his eyelashes grew inward and is now rubbing his cornea and his eyes were really dry. She also said Kato had some open sores on his front legs. We approved an exam at B Street Veterinary Hospital.  (57% of calls that turn into cases are from homeless women.)

After the examination, a doctor at B Street contacted us and informed us Kato had an eye infection and needed an eye gland cyst removal. They recommended and we approved: cytology, injections, eye stain, cryotherapy, and medications. We approved all treatment along with a recheck. The doctor also informed us that they found a little bubble between Kato’s toes and they might need to do exploratory surgery on his foot. Eve called back the day after her appointment and told Pets of the Homeless that she was very thankful for our help. Pets of the Homeless spent a total of $319.68 at B Street Veterinary clinic.

June 4 - Mr. Wheeler called Pets of the Homeless regarding his dog, Matty, a 6 year old in-tact male Chihuahua who had been in a fight with another dog.  Mr. Wheeler is a homeless man who lives in a tent on property in Santa Rosa, CA.  Someone came to the gate and his dog got in a fight.  He has been homeless for 23 years and he heard about us through Dr. Henriksen at ACME Pet Repair in Occidental, CA.  Matty’s eye had been injured badly in the dog fight and it had happened over a week ago.    We approved an examination with Dr. Henriksen. 

After the exam, the doctor said that Matty’s eye needed to be removed, the procedure is called an eye enucleation.  We also asked the doctor to please neuter Matty, because his owner thought it would help out and hopefully no more dog fights would happen.

We approved the surgery, and Matty’s eye was removed and he was neutered.  We paid $508.00 to ACME Pet Repair.  Of the total, $80 was for the neuter.

June 11 - Pets of the Homeless received a call from John, originally back in March of 2018.  John was in San Diego, CA, originally from CO, living in his van seeking work.   His 10-year-old neutered male Golden Retriever, Salty Dog, had a tumor on his back hip that burst open.  The Humane Society helped and removed the tumor.  He called us and said he was very grateful for our services even though he didn’t use them.

He called us again in June. Salty Dog’s tumor has grown back and opened up again.  We approved an examination at B Street Veterinary Hospital.  After a thorough exam, the veterinarian called our Case Manager and told her that it looks like cancer.  The veterinarian said that Salty Dog doesn’t look like a surgical candidate at this time, but recommended a fine needle aspiration, cytology, blood panel, and x-rays to find out what type of cancer it is.  They wanted to check to be sure the cancer hasn’t moved into Salty Dog’s bones.  We approved the diagnostics and assisted with $366.88.

The veterinary technician had troubles and needed to add sedation in order to get the procedures done.  The vet also added antibiotics to the treatment plan.  Salty Dog was diagnosed with cancer.  The vet prescribed ongoing medications.

We received a call from John on June 15.  He said he was “home” now, and by that he meant he was back in Colorado.  He said it was impossible to get established in CA.   He has an interview for a teaching position and it looks promising.  He was still living in his van, and he was trying to keep it together with Salty Dog’s diagnosis.  He asked us if we knew of any resources for discounted prescription medications.  We explained we have a discount card and put one in the mail to him at his mailing address.  We also suggested he shop around for the best prices.

He asked if we could help with some additional medications for Salty Dog’s last days to help him be out of pain.  We assisted with $118.66 to Pet Aid of Colorado for senior profile lab work, gabapentin, prednisone, and tramadol medications.  The bloodwork results showed Salty Dog had low albumen, which is a side-effect of cancer.  The vet mentioned that Salty Dog had weeks to one month left.

 We wished him the best in his future endeavors and to enjoy his time with his best buddy.

Should you like to read about more of our emergency veterinary care cases they are available on our website and in our monthly newsletter. (Sign up on line.)

Your donations made it possible for us to help dogs like Salty Dog, Matty and Kato.  These and all veterinary cases are paid directly to the hospitals at time of service. 

Thank you for your support and gifts that allow us to treat the hundreds of pets that need veterinary treatment.  

Salty Dog
Salty Dog


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