Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless

by Feeding Pets of the Homeless
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Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless
In the past 12 months, our case managers have received and made over 24,000 calls. This number continues to increase as more people become homeless and the need for help grows.

One of those calls was from a woman named Rayna seeking help for her injured dog, Jax. 

Let me share their story with you. 

Rayna lives in a hotel in Atlanta, GA has been homeless for 18 months. She has transportation and 
receives food stamps.

She called our office to do an intake to see if she qualifies for assistance with us. She was in need of help for her 1-year-old male, Labradoodle, Jax. He was chasing a bird one day and fell on his right arm. She shared that the arm was swollen, Jax was limping, couldn't put pressure on it and he was in a lot of pain.

Once their intake was complete and homeless verification was provided, their case manager immediately called for an exam approval at a partner veterinary hospital. Pre-approval was given for the exam and their case manager called with all of the information needed for their ER Hospital appointment.

An exam was performed along with x-rays to better see what was going on with Jax’s arm. The doctor also ordered bloodwork, pain medication and wound care.

It was determined that the arm was fractured so they made a splint for him and gave him pain medication to take with them. After several weeks of healing, Jax has made a full recovery and his owner was very appreciative of our help and stated she, “couldn’t have done this without us.”

Feeding Pets of The Homeless received $255 in discounts from our veterinary partner and contributed $1,398 to the care of Jax thanks to donors like you. We cant help more pets like Jax without your continued support. I hope you will consider a reoccuring donation. 

Thank you!

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JD ( Just Dog)
JD ( Just Dog)

Each month we receive many calls from people experiencing homelessness whose pet is ill or injured. This is one of their many stories.

A man from Las Vegas, NV has been living in his van for the past year. He receives food stamps and has zero income. He reached out to Feeding Pets of the Homeless for his 10-year-old male border collie, JD (Just Dog).

While in the parking lot at 7-11, his dog was hit by a car. He had a friend pay for the dog to be seen at a vet the day he was hit. JD was suffering from a broken femur and broken hip.

Unfortunately, JD’s owner did not have the money for the surgery that was needed to repair the broken femur and hip. He called Feeding Pets of the Homeless asking for help.
An intake was completed and homeless verification was provided.

Our case manager reached out to a local Veterinary Hospital for a surgery estimate and an appointment was set for surgery.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $2,034 towards JD’s surgery and he is expected to make a full recovery.

He may be JD (Just Dog), but he is more than just a dog. He is companionship. He is comfort. He is everything to his owner.

These pets are with their owners 24/7. The human-animal bond between the two is stronger than we can imagine. Helping them to stay together is so important for both the animals and humans. 

I am forever grateful you choose to support Feeding Pets of the Homeless to help pets like JD.

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Sebastian
Sebastian
Wrapping up the figures for 2021 can be a daunting task. At the same time, it is very enlightening. The amount of growth we have seen is hard to wrap my head around but the number of pets we continue to be able to help because of our generous donors is heartwarming.
  
Our stats from 2020 to 2021: 
• Emergency Veterinary Care appointments up 28% 
• Cost of those appointments increased 54% 
• Pets needing care up 29% (88% of pets are dogs) 
• Discounts from hospitals increased 19.2%
• Number of network hospitals up 81% now over 1,370 as of Dec. 2021
• Pet food donated and reported up 35.5%
• All five program expenses are up 52.4%
Supporters:
• Grants from Foundations up 30.5%
• Bequests up 252%
• Individual and Company support was up 138%
Calls made and taken by cases managers elevated from 8,402 to 11,659. That's an increase of 3,257 calls, equaling a 39% climb. With this increase in phone usage, we found it necessary to obtain an answering service that is available 24/7.  

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David has been homeless for one month and is currently living in shelter provided by the VA. He is approved for HUD-VASH but has not been able to secure permanent housing yet. He reached out to Feeding Pets of the Homeless for his 8-year-old service dog, a male husky, Sebastian.
Sebastian was attacked by another dog at the shelter and appeared to have a dislocated hip.

An intake was completed over the phone and HUD-VASH was verified by VA.

Following the exam at one of our over 1,400 partner veterinary hospitals, it was determined that Sebastian's hip was not dislocated but he was suffering from severe glaucoma and tested positive for tick fever. Medications were provided to treat the tick fever and surgery was scheduled to remove the eye affected by glaucoma

Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $1,558 towards Sebastian's care and received a partner discount of $59.

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We have eased the suffering of pets like Sebastian while easing the anguish of their human, like David, who does not have the resources to pay for a veterinary hospital.
We could not have achieved these incredible expansions and changes without you. My sincere appreciation for your support and generosity. 
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Deimos
Deimos

Meet Deimos.

A homeless man who is living in a tent by the river called our office seeking medical assistance for his companion, Deimos, a 9-month-old male Golden Retriever Pit Bull mix. He has been homeless for about a year and receives food stamps.

Deimos was experiencing weight loss, vomiting, lethargy and shaking of the head for three to four days. It was also very hard to wake up Deimos.

This was very concerning. An intake was performed and homeless verification was given ASAP. Our Case Manager called the closest emergency hospital and got an exam approved for Deimos with a Partner Veterinary Hospital.
Our Partner Veterinary Hospital got Deimos in super-fast and they were able to perform an exam and parvo test. Fortunately, the parvo test came back negative which was a huge relief for all. Although the test came back negative Deimos owner was still very concerned for his companion.

They performed bloodwork and x-rays, once both were performed and results were analyzed, they were fast to give Deimos the correct medications and got him feeling better!

The Partner Veterinary Hospital was more than kind to give Feeding Pets of the Homeless a discount of $191. Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $860 towards the care of Deimos. We have been thanked by his owner numerous times for saving his best friend!

We are very grateful to you, our supporters, for helping us meet the needs of pets like Deimos. There are many more out there that need our help. We get many calls of people in similar circumstances looking to get their companion the help they so desperately need. We handled over 2,500 calls last month! Thanks to you, we have been able to hire another case manager to have an even greater impact. 

Thank you for your continued support! 


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Roxi
Roxi

David has been homeless for about a year now and has been living in his vehicle with his one-year-old chihuahua named Roxi. He does not receive much help from organizations but he does receive his mail at the Arcata House Partnership Administration office.

David heard of Feeding Pets of the Homeless through a friend we had previously helped. The pair live in a town called Arcata in California.   

They were taking a walk down a familiar path in the woods.  David had realized that this area had dry grass and many fox tails laying around, which he didn’t get too bothered with since he knew Roxi was smart enough to not go near foxtails.

Upon the intake interview it was discovered that Roxi did sniff something from the ground the day they went for a walk. Roxi had been showing symptoms such as sneezing dramatically and breathing as if she had asthma. David thinks that there is something in her right nostril that is making her sneeze uncontrollably and have difficulty breathing correctly.

Roxi’s case manager was able to get an exam approved and pre-authorized with one of our network hospitals in Eureka which is a neighboring city of Arcata.

Once the exam was performed, the doctor discovered that Roxi indeed had a foxtail in her nose which caused her to sneeze so much.  Roxi was given anesthesia and surgery was performed to remove the foxtail.  Roxi is doing so much better and is no longer sneezing or having troubles breathing.

David was so thankful for Feeding Pets of the Homeless and those who donate to help them with their pets care. Feeding Pets of the Homeless provided assistance in the amount of $304 (after a hospital discount) towards Roxi’s care.

This case illustrates that even something as small as a foxtail can be expensive.  When you are homeless and your pet is injured or ill and you not have resources to get the help for your pet it is stressful for both pet and owner.   

Many of our clients call with anguish in the voice or are sobbing because they can’t stop the suffering of their beloved pet.

Your donations help dogs like Roxi and homeless like David. 

Every day we get calls asking for help... during 2021 staff called or took over 11,700 calls.   Today we have over 135 cases that are pending.  Pending because we need to verify homelessness, or we are waiting for an appointment at a hospital.   Even with over 1,260 hospitals in our network we sometimes have to find new ones in cities that we have none. 

I am reaching out to you to ask that if you know or have a veterinary hospital for your own pet, please share our mission with your veterinarian.

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Location: Carson City, NV - USA
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