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
Egypt when she was a pup
Egypt when she was a pup

Last year brought us COVID, civil unrest and more....  The challenges the homeless face are unimaginable.  Having a pet adds to their daily struggles.  

Even with our own challenges we were able to continue to serve our clients.  Feeding Pets of the Homeless treated over 650 pets that were ill or injured. It was possible due to the compassion of our donors that we were able to pay hospitals over $317,000 (after discounts).

Egypt is one of those pets.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless® received a call from a homeless woman who lives on a porch in Washington, DC wih her service animal who is  a three year old female American Bulldog, Egypt.  She was concerned because Egypt was dragging her back legs for a few days.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless approved an exam at one of our network hospitals.  Soon we received a call from the veterinarian who explained Egypt’s condition:  he suspected a herniated disc or a growth on the spine.  Egypt had no deep pain in her legs or tail which is not a good sign and makes the prognosis very poor.   He recommended a CT scan.  His opinion was even if surgery was performed, there may not be any recovery and no return of function of her legs.  Egypt has become incontinent.

The hospital connected with their partner VCA Veterinary Referral Association for a neurological consultation.

Four days later, Egypt was seen for a neurological evaluation.  We received a phone call from the Chief of Staff.  He did x-rays and cannot find anything wrong.  He thinks it could have been a possible stroke in the spinal cord.  Egypt had no feeling in her hind legs or tail.  He is going to try acupuncture for 4 – 6 weeks, as sometimes they get results from this treatment.  He offered to do this all at no charge! 

Egypt’s owner called to say thank you.  She also said the staff at the hospital was wonderful!  She will keep in touch.  She emailed a photo of Egypt.

A few weeks later the doctor called to say that now Egypt is bleeding heavily in her vaginal area and not eating or drinking.  We paid for additional bloodwork and x-rays.  The doctor called back and said she has open piometra (a uterine infection) and is very sick.   Her white blood cell count was extremely high.  She had an enlarged uterus.  The doctor recommended to have her uterus removed.  Unfortunately with the poor quality of life expected with no function of her rear legs and being incontinent, it was decided to put Egypt down.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless assisted with euthanasia and communal cremation.  One of the kind employees at the hospital contributed so that Egypt could have a private cremation and her guardian could receive her ashes.  Her owner called to say thank you for everything.

 Run again with the angels sweet Egypt.

"Thank everyone for the kind expressions during my loss. Just want to say that Loyalty means EVERYTHING to me!!! I have found no one more loyal than Egypt was! This is why I grieve her loss more than many may understand. She was the most Family I've had for the past 3 plus years with an unwavering, unconditional Love...that never let me down! She was such a gift. A blessing in my life! My love, protector, best friend..EVERYTHING!!!"

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King
King

 

Your support will help dogs like King and his human Porseha.

Porseha has been living in her vehicle for the past three years in the Sacramento area.  Porseha is unemployed and receives SNAP benefits (food stamps).

Another homeless person gave her a Pit Bull puppy, she named King.  It is common among homeless to give puppies to others.  Many of these puppies end up in animal shelters after animal control picks them up from camps or on the streets.   It is unfortunate the owners of these pets do not have the resources for spay/neuters or vaccinations. It is our policy during a procedure, if anesthesia is required we ask the doctor if a “spay or neuter” would be appropriate.  If the answer is “yes,” they ask permission from the guardian and we pay for the extra procedure.  We always have the doctor update any vaccinations that are needed

King was hit by a vehicle and was seriously injured. Porseha walked into VCA Sacramento Emergency Veterinary Hospital looking for assistance for the puppy. The VCA staff contacted Feeding Pets of the Homeless (they have worked with us on a past case) to ask if we could provide assistance. An intake interview was completed over the phone and homelessness verification was confirmed by a case manager.

Feeding Pets of the Homeless approved emergency care for King. The puppy was having difficulty breathing and was experiencing severe pain in the pelvis area.

Diagnosis was bruising on lungs and a pelvic fracture.  King was provided pain management, oxygen therapy, ultrasound, x rays and vaccinations.  Suggested to keep puppy in a small area for up to 6 weeks for it to heal without surgery.  Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed a total of $630 for treatment.  The hospital discounted $70.

During the Holidays, many homeless will be spending it with the only companion they have.  A pet can relieve the pain of loneliness, keep each other warm, protect and provide unconditional love.  When that pet is injured or ill, the guilt of not being able to afford care is heartbreaking.  Your support helps us to treat these loving pets.  

Feeding Pets of the Homeless has been rated by Charity Navigator with a rating of 100 of 100.

Stay safe and stay hopeful,

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The year has had unprecedented and unpredictable events… pandemic, civil unrest, extreme storms and wildfires… impacts that have been far greater than anyone could have anticipated.  Impacts on local and global, on individual levels and for us at Feeding Pets of the Homeless. 

One thing is certain; your support has enabled us to help the thousands of pets that belong to the homeless across the country. 

During the Holiday Season, we are remaining vigilant.  The changes we have had to make to our season celebrations are extremely hard and stressful.  We know there are bigger challenges ahead and we are ready.

This case and others due to the pandemic are becoming more frequent.

Dana has been homeless for one month living in Lady Lake, Florida. Dana became homeless due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dana is unemployed and the only assistance she is receiving is food stamps.

Dana heard about Feeding Pets of the Homeless from a local veterinarian. Mojo is a six-year-old neutered Schipperke. Mojo is Danas’ certified service animal. Mojo takes medication for allergy and skin issues. While Dana was on the bus her purse was stolen which contained Mojos daily medication. Mojo had begun suffering red itching bumps all over his body due to not having his medication. Homeless verification was completed through Dept. of Welfare. An exam was approved at Magnolia Animal Hospital.

After the examination, the veterinarian found that Mojo was suffering from a much more serious condition then allergies. Mojo had an enlarged heart and was in heart failure.

Recommended treatment was medication to stabilize.  Feeding Pets of the Homeless approved treatment and contributed $689 towards care.   Magnolia Animal Hospital donated the diuretic medication for Mojo.

Thank you for your trust in Feeding Pets of the Homeless.

Stay healthy and safe,

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In June, the COVID 19 Eviction Defense Project and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program projected that 19 -23 million renters in the United States were at risk of eviction by the end of September representing up to 1 in 5 renter households (Read the full report here).

They now estimate that 29% of American Renters or 28.9million people living in 12.6 million households could be at risk of eviction by the end of 2020 if conditions do not change.

This painful year has taken far too much from far too many.  Yet, homeless individuals in the United States had practically nothing to lose in the first place.  These people and their pets know the hardship that renters being evicted will soon experience. 

My heart goes to the homeless and those whom are about to be homeless.

This case was called in just before the wildfires in Oregon.

Angela is homeless in her car for the past three years in Medford, OR.  She parks wherever the police don’t kick her out and she receives social security income.  She called Feeding Pets of the Homeless® after she learned about us from No Pet Left Behind when her dog, Journey, a sweet nine-year-old spayed female 11-pound Cavalier kept shaking her head and wasn’t eating much.  We verified her homelessness with a local non-profit organization where she receives services and approved an examination at Roxy Ann Veterinary Hospital in Central Point.

After the exam, the veterinarian advised us that Journey’s teeth were very bad.  We approved dental extractions which included:  bloodwork, x-rays, hospitalization, iv catheter and fluids, anesthesia, injections, pain medications, and dental extraction surgery.  Unfortunately all of her teeth were extracted but one.  We assisted with $669 and received $70 in discounts.

We haven't been able to get in touch with Angela since the fires.

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Jacklyn has been living in her vehicle with her 14-year-old Westie, Sage for the past two months. Jacklyn stated that she became homeless due to losing her job during COVID 19. Jacklyn has no income at this time and receives food stamps.

Sage was experiencing fainting spells.  A case manager interviewed Jacklyn and homelessness was verified via social worker.   The Case Manager contacted one of our 1,000+ network hospitals and arranged for Jacklyn to do an emergency walk in.  After x-rays, bloodwork, and medications were provided to stabilize Sage, it was determined, that Sage was suffering from heart failure and was fainting due to lack of oxygen.  With medication, Sage was stabilized and is doing well.  Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $671 towards treatment and received $233 in discounts.  

Jacklyn send emailed:  “Just another great big thank you for your helping Sage and I in Sage’s time of need. I believe she is still alive because of your organization’s intervention and your caring staff. Thank you.”

Since COVID-19, we have experienced an increase of homeless and about to be homeless callers asking for our help.  People wanting to know where to get pet food, where to get free or low cost veterinary care and where to find a homeless shelter that will allow their loving pet.

You have been a strong supporter of Feeding Pets of the Homeless®.  We appreciate your past donations.  Donations that have allowed us to fulfill our mission every day. 

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Location: Carson City, NV - USA
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Genevieve Frederick
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