Pets of the Homeless believe that providing spay and neutering to pets that are owned by the homeless will help keep unwanted puppies and kittens out of animal shelters or worse from being abandoned, left to die. This pilot program will be open to any pet that is owned by a homeless person across the country until the funds are exhausted.
Unaltered pets of the homeless roam the community often producing numerous litters. Many of the pets from these litters go un-vaccinated. This creates an environment that harbors contagious diseases (parvo) which can cause serious illness and even death. The cycle continues until pet populations are controlled by altering the pet. Homeless who have pets do not have the resources to pay for altering or vaccines.
This project will enhance the health of pets that are owned by the homeless. Our goal is that the Spay/Neuter program will become a permanent program as it enhances our mission, augments our other programs and continues to serve the welfare of pets of the homeless.
With this pilot program we will be able to alter up to 20 pets. It will have positive results for the communities that the homeless are located or travel through. During 2014, Pets of the Homeless was able to fund 45 spay/neuters to pets whose owner could not afford the surgery. The average cost was at $150. The cost can vary due to species, size, age, weight and on the locale. The cost can become very expensive if the pet is pregnant or has other health issues.