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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Apr 4, 2019

Good Samaritans Help Homeless Man and His Dog

Pet owners worldwide represent every possible demographic and economic status, but share many commonalities.  They recognize the remarkable, resilient nature of the human-animal bond.  It has been well documented that pet ownership improves the lives of pet owners.  The loving comfort that a companion animal provides to their human helps to reduce loneliness, depression and anxiety as well as lowers blood pressure by petting the animal.  Homeless that we talk with will feed their pet before they feed themselves.   

Eric is a homeless man in the Elizabethtown, Kentucky area. He has been homeless for the past ten years. He sets up camp in wooded areas so he is away from people. He came into town because he noticed Junk Yard Dog’s leg was swollen and it needed some kind of attention. He luckily ran into people who were more than willing to help him. He told us that they were the ones who gave him Pets of the Homeless’ phone number.

He informed us that he let Junk Yard Dog out of his sight for a few minutes so Junk Yard Dog could go to the bathroom and when he returned his leg was swollen, possibly from a cut or from a bite wound.

Eric said the people were traveling towards Lexington, Kentucky and they would give him a ride to a hospital in that area. Pets of the Homeless approved an exam at the Animal Care Clinic.

After the exam, the doctor recommended and we approved: waste fee, x-rays, antibiotics, pain medications, and medications for swelling. The hospital said Junk Yard Dog might have been bit by another dog. We spent a total of $269.89 after a small discount.

Email from the Good Samaritans:

“Hello,

Eric has asked me to send you pictures of him and his dog Junk Yard Dog to show their situation. We also will drive him and the dog anywhere in the area to help them out. He says he’s been camping in the woods here and been able to get donations from people to eat and feed his dog.  I want to help him get the help they need. He really loves this dog I can see that. Please help him.”

Your support has helped dogs like Junk Yard Dog.  Just since January, we have handled 269 cases in 14 States.  78 hospitals gave the treatments at a cost of over $77,000.   Another 68 cases are pending, waiting for appointments or for verification of homelessness. 

Every day we get new cases.  Our three cases managers, Maia, Laura and Renee do a terrific job; saving lives of pets that belong to the homeless.

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