Emergency Veterinary Care for Pets of the Homeless

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Emergency Veterinary Care for 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

During the last 15 years, the nonprofit has evolved and grown. We saw many challenges. Yet we were able to forge ahead. During 2022, we treated 1,258 pets of people who were and are experiencing homelessness.

If you have a pet, you have also seen that Inflation has risen for veterinary care. We had a good rainy day fund to be able to continue to offer emergency veterinary care.

Mark and Smokey have been living in a tent for the past three months in Sacramento CA. Currently, Mark has zero income and does not receive any government assistance. He does have a car.

In early December, Mark reached out to Feeding Pets of the Homeless for his 4-year-old male German Shepard, Smokey.
While walking by the American River, Smokey chased a coyote and ultimately fell into the river.

Smokey had a severe wound on his back and started shaking. He was unable to place weight on his right front leg.
An intake interview was completed, and homeless verification was provided by an outreach worker from Sacramento County.

We were able to get an appointment that day and an exam was approved at a local veterinary hospital. Following completion of the exam and x-rays, Smokey did not have a fractured leg. The large gash on his back was treated and repaired with stitches. He was given pain meds, an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $975 towards Smokey's care.

“I want to say thank you so much for helping me with my German shepherd and his leg. I owe you people. Thank you so much”

We wish Mark and Smokey the best and worry about them during the flooding in the Sacramento area.

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Sidney
Sidney

Angela lives in La Jolla, CA and she has been homeless for about seven years due to issues she had with drug use.  She is now living in a recovery home after rehab and has been staying there for quite some time now.  She gets rides from other people at the home and from friends.  She receives SNAP benefits (known as food stamps).  Angela was referred to us by the local Humane Society and had seen us on the internet and decided to call us about her dog.

 Angela’s dog is Sidney who is a 11-year-old male chihuahua.  He started suffering from what the owner thought was a seizure or allergic reaction.

When Angela contacted Feeding Pets of the Homeless, one of our case managers completed the intake interview and right away was able to get homeless verification from the case manager at the sober living residence.  (Many times, treatments are delayed when homelessness verification cannot be done within a few days.) 

When Angela had first called her case manager was there looking at Sidney. The case manager said that it could be a bug bite because there was also swelling on his snout.  

An examination was pre-approved with a local veterinary hospital in La Jolla and Sidney was seen right away. The vet stated that the pet had severe dental problems and may have an ear infection because of a head tilt. They needed to perform more diagnostics to be able to see if that was the cause;  x-rays, and bloodwork were approved to see what could be causing the head tilt.

After the x-rays were performed, the doctor had found that the pet had a broken jaw and may need surgery to repair it.  The hospital emailed Sidney’s  x-rays to a surgeon. 

A dental procedure to remove ALL of his teeth was approved. The dental extractions were performed that same day, the surgeon who looked at Sidney’s x-rays  stated that the dog try wearing a muzzle for a month in hopes that the jaw can re-attach itself and he can eat easily again.   

Anesthesia, catheter, fluids, injections, muzzle and antibiotics, and vaccinations were updated. We hope for the best that his jaw heals on its own.

Without donations Sidney would have continued to suffer. Thanks to all of Feeding Pets of the Homeless donors, we were able to pay a total of $1,997 in Sidney’s care! 

In the last 12-months calls to and from our cases managers, who talk with homeless everyday increased 111%.  The average cost of an exam went up 24% and  the number of invoices processed by our accounting staff were up 75%.

From January through the end of November we helped 1,199 pets get treatment for injuries and illness.  All these pets belong to people expereincing homelessness.  These pets are their family, sometimes the only comfort and love they receive.  It is a two way street. 

From time of the intake interview to the date the invoice is paid, most cases average 12 days.  19% are completed the same day and 33% are completed between 1-4 days.  We average between 80-90 pending cases a week.  Angela and Sidney are just one story out of many.

Happy Holidays from our team!

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Layla
Layla

You make a pet of a person experiencing homelessness healthier when you make a gift to Feeding Pets of the Homeless®. #GivingTuesday is around the corner on Nov. 29, 2022. We hope you will consider pets like Layla when making your end-of-year donation decisions.

Let us introduce you to Layla, a 9-year-old Wooly Malamute that has been living in a vehicle with her owner. Her owner has been getting by with caring for herself and Layla with the assistance of food stamps and the aid of a nearby soup kitchen that offers not only food but showers and laundry facilities.

Layla had been in agony shaking her head for an entire month and circling in pain with moments of labored breathing. Her owner contacted Feeding Pets of the Homeless, and an intake was completed. The pastor from the soup kitchen was able to provide information about Layla and her owner's living situation. Once that was received our case manager worked on finding a veterinary clinic or hospital that would be able to see Layla soon. Our case manager sent Layla to one of our partner veterinary hospitals and an examination was performed. The hospital developed a treatment plan and services were discussed and pre-approved with the case manager.

Layla’s diagnostic exam was consistent with a chronic ear infection – ear canal stenosis, she also had multiple growths in her ear. Layla was treated for all issues with antibiotics, medications, and a special prescription shampoo. Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $1167.79 towards Layla’s care.

To homeless animals and their owners, what we do feels like magic… and it’s all because of you.

During the holidays, many people without homes will be spending it with the only companion they have; their pet. A pet can relieve the pain of loneliness, they keep each other warm, offer protection 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. 

Set your calendar reminder for Nov. 29, 2022 to give on #GivingTuesday or get ahead by donating below.

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Jewell
Jewell

The Holiday Season can be a stressful time for anyone but experiencing homelessness during this season is especially distressing. Many of our subscribers on social media are homeless with pets and my heart is saddened by the difficulties and despair they face.

Homelessness is a life-and-death crisis. Faced with obstacles every day…their pets offer unconditional love, companionship, loyalty and protection without judgment.

Our mission: 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.

Our programs are for clients with pets that are experiencing homelessness:

  1. Free pet food
  2. Free veterinary care to injured or ill pets
  3. Free veterinary care for veteran’s pets in the HUD-VASH and other VA programs for the homeless
  4. We sponsor free Wellness Clinics
  5. We provide new metal crates to homeless shelters that will allow pets with their humans

We know our programs are a success for so many pets and we know we have given the homeless hope; they email or call with gratitude for the assistance we provided.

Herbert lives in Grants Pass, OR.  Herbert was homeless for a few months.  He is a disabled veteran and is part of the HUD VASH program. He receives SSI and Food Stamps. Herbert heard about our organization from the VA. Jewell Margart Bull is a 7-year-old timber wolf/basset hound mix dog. Jewell has numerous tumors on her and kept biting at them.  She also needed some updated vaccines. She is spayed. We received pictures and received verification from his social worker. Herbert has a friend who can drive him to vet appointments. Treatment was approved at a local veterinary hospital.

After the examination, the vet recommended updated vaccinations, testing on her tumors and antibiotics. We approved this treatment for $240. Jewell will be needing future surgery on the tumors and Feeding Pets of the Homeless can help with $1,760 towards the surgery.

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Chyna
Chyna

Our 2021 Annual Report can now be found on our website. Find the link below. Would you like a printed version mailed to you? Email me at gf@petsofthehomeless.org with your address and the subject line: 2021 Annual Report.

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Costs have increased across the board in the last year and inflation has hit us hard, as I am sure you are feeling, too. To illustrate, we did a cost comparison of emergency veterinary services. During the first half of last year compared to the first half of 2022 the number of calls has increased by 133%, cities in which we had emergency cases increased by 93%, and the average hospital invoice went from $425 to $555 a 30% increase. The largest increase was for parvo treatment, up 181%. Rising prices mean donations don’t go as far as they used to and more people are seeking our help. 

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Sam* has been living on the streets in Houston, TX for the past 4 months. He currently receives disability. At this time he does not have transportation and does not receive food stamps.
He contacted Feeding Pets of the Homeless for his 2-year-old Pitbull, Chyna. He reported that Chyna had been vomiting for the past 4 days.
An intake was completed, and homeless verification was provided.
We approved an exam at a partner veterinary hospital. Following the exam and x-rays, it was determined that Chyna had a foreign body that was blocking her intestine and she needed emergency surgery. Unfortunately, this veterinary hospital did not have the capability to perform the required surgery. They were able to stabilize Chyna overnight and refer her to another facility for surgery the next day.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $1,046 for the exam, x-rays, medication and hospitalization.
Chyna was picked up by her owner the following day and brought in for surgery. She did wonderfully and we wish Chyna a speedy recovery.
Feeding Pets of the Homeless contributed $1,019 towards surgery.
*Name changed for privacy
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Location: Carson City, NV - USA
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