Dec 28, 2018

A Beginning of a New Decade for Pets of the Homeless


For the last ten years, your generosity has made it possible to continue our mission of providing pet food and emergency veterinary care to pets that belong to the homeless across the country.  Pets that offer comfort, protection and unconditional love – asking nothing while enduring the hardships of being homeless.  Pets relieve the anguish that a homeless person feels every day.   

Our case managers are averaging over 28 cases a week.  During 2018, we served over 1,400 pets who had an illness or injury.  That total is twice the number from 2017.   766 hospitals in 415 cities in 46 states were paid directly at time of service.  That amount was over $448,000 (after discounts).  We could not have helped these pets without you. 

Carrie is a homeless woman in the Portland, Oregon area. After interviewing Carrie, we found out that she currently resides in her vehicle and stays at numerous parks until she is unable to stay any longer. She said she couldn’t stay in one place due to the police. Carrie said she was referred to us by another organization as well as an internet search. She has been homeless for about two years and the only source of income she has is food stamps. Carrie first called Pets of the Homeless seeking assistance for her eleven-year-old chiweenie mix, Tucker. She called and said she rescued Tucker a few months ago off the streets.  He was starting to limp. She also noticed Tucker had bad gingivitis and was not eating or drinking as much.

We approved an exam at a new partnering veterinarian at Heartfelt Veterinary Hospital.  After the exam, the doctor told us that Tucker would need a full mouth extraction. We approved an anti-inflammatory, antibiotics, and bloodwork. We spent a total of $206.67 on the first visit. The doctors came up with an estimate for a full mouth dental and the low end was $1600.  With the financial aid from another animal welfare organization Tucker was able to get his dental done. We spent a total of $793.33. The hospital said that Tucker was a very nice dog and that he was doing a lot better.     

Homelessness is on the rise across the country and many folks are going into homelessness with their kids and pets.  Many homeless are sick, exhausted, mentally ill and burdened.   If you became homeless tomorrow, what would you do?  So many questions come to mind – where will we go?  How can I take care of my pet without shelter?  How will I be able to feed him?  What if he/she gets sick or ill?  How will I be able to get any help when pets are not allowed in public buildings?   Can I find friends or family members to foster my pet?  

We are expecting more homeless callers during 2019 because word has spread that there is veterinary help available.

Your donations can mean the difference between life and death for an animal who deserves your care and concern.  Won’t you please join hands and paws to help a homeless pet?  Every dollar you donate helps.


Dec 6, 2018

Police Officer Helps Chino and Doug

Pets of the Homeless received a call from Police Officer Griggs in Detroit, Michigan.  He was concerned about a dog who belonged to a homeless man on the streets.    The dog had multiple wounds including a torn ear.  We told the Officer that we would need to speak with the man and interview him.  The officer had worked all night long, then been to a seminar, and would work again that night.  However, out of concern and compassion for the dog, Officer Griggs would go find the homeless man and call us back.

The Officer found the man about an hour later and called again.  We interviewed the man, Doug.  He lives on the streets for the past 3 years and stays on the porch of an abandoned house.  He has no phone.  He also told our Case Manager he could not read or write.  His dog Chino, an 8-year-old intact male Pit Bull Australian Shepherd mix had wandered off while he was sleeping and been involved in a dog fight.  Pets of the Homeless began calling around to veterinarians in the Detroit area and received a welcome response from Dr. Francis at Francis Animal Hospital. 

We got in touch with the Officer and he took Chino and the man to the vet.  After the examination, Dr. Francis called and said he was going to need to do surgery and amputate Chino’s ear because it was in very bad shape.  Chino had wounds all around his neck, some underneath that would require a drain as well as seemed to be losing weight.  We approved a discounted surgery estimate of $950.  We paid a deposit of $475 as the hospital had not worked with us before.  Surgery was performed and included injections, IV catheter and fluids, hospitalization, anesthesia, surgery, blood work, drainage, medications, a fecal test and heartworm test.  We received the photos from the police officer.

We called to follow up on Chino a few days later.  Dr. Francis was able to save Chino’s ear!  He said he spent extra time at no charge and surgically fixed up the ear.  He counted between 30 – 40 holes in Chino’s neck, ear and head.  He cleaned up all the wounds.  He said that Chino has hookworm and we assisted with dewormer.  Dr. Francis also recommended and we approved updating all of Chino’s vaccinations for only an additional $20.    Chino was ready to be discharged.   Our Case Manager called Officer Griggs who went and found Mr. Peterman and took him to go pick up Chino.   The Officer and Dr. Francis spoke to the man about making sure he ties Chino up when he is going to sleep to make sure this will never happen again.

We assisted with a total of $1,000.00 for Chino. The Officer thanked Pets of the Homeless for what we do and for helping Chino and Doug.  He said Chino was so excited to see Doug that he could barely get the following photos.  We reciprocated and thanked the Officer for his service and for being so kind to help.

A Christmas story of kindness!


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!


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