Friday, August 29, 2014

Caring for Pets of the Homeless

Photo from Pets of the Homeless
Pro-Bone-O is an Oregon non-profit that is solely dedicated to providing free veterinary services, food and supplies for the pets of people who are homeless. Through Pro-Bone-O’s work, they met people who, for a variety of reasons, could not afford veterinary care for the pets who brought them love, security and a sense of purpose. Their three goals remain are the non-profit’s mission.
Pro-Bone-O operates two free clinics per month in a space generously provided by the Community Veterinary Center. Each volunteer-run clinic provides medical exams, vaccinations, flea treatments, nail trims, food and referrals to spay/neuter or emergency medical procedure.
Another organization, Pets of the Homeless, can be found in local communities throughout the U.S. and Canada.  According to their website:
  • Over 10,700 pets of the homeless were successfully vaccinated and/or treated for illness or injuries.  Many were spayed or neutered.
  • Over 295 tons of pet food and supplies were dispersed to the homeless and disadvantaged who own pets across the U.S. and Canada.

A recent Psychology Today article states, “…in many cases the animals are the lifeline and reason for living for these people without a home, human beings living in a stigmatized and marginalized environment in which few if any would choose to live.”

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