Well, it sure isn’t summer…you might say it’s the dog-days of winter! Snow, ice and frigid temperatures rule the day. It’s a great time to stay indoors, curl up with a cozy afghan and a good book. But, what if you’re homeless? What if you’re homeless with a pet? Shelters usually don’t allow for pets, they’re stretching their budgets just tending to the needs of the humans – especially these days. And those who are homeless tend to have extremely strong attachments and concern for their pets; often they would rather remain outside in the wicked elements, risking health and danger, than abandon their beloved best friend.
This is where Pets of the Homeless steps in. I previously wrote about their program, Feeding Pets of the Homeless, which gathers funding, organizes and then distributes pet food, as well as vet care for just such pets. An additional program, the Crate Project, aims to provide (human) homeless shelters with soft-sided, collapsible crates, feeding bowls and even the needed cleaning supplies for use as sleeping quarters for the animals who can then sleep right by the side of their two-legged friend. According to the organization, anywhere from 5% to 25% of those who are homeless have a pet. That could mean a lot of people seeking shelter who otherwise wouldn’t. It could also mean saving lives, both human and animal.
Also through this wonderful organization, which operates throughout Canada and the United States, grants are provided to veterinarians who volunteer to offer their services for pets of homeless, as well as to shelters that will provide the space to stay indoors. Pets of the Homeless is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, donations can be made in several ways; the website also details information on how to volunteer or donate pet food (at collection sites). Pets of the Homeless is always in search of more businesses volunteering to become collection sites, and more vets to voluntarily join their grant program for vets. And, as these recent years have been economically difficult on everyone, they too are in need of monetary donations.
Please spread the word about this great project; the more who learn about it, the more who will pitch in to make life a little better for those less fortunate than us (and our pets)!