There are numerous programs to help the homeless on the streets, but what about the pets of the homeless? Are there programs helping them to make sure they get meals everyday and are provided with adequate shelter?
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, about 750,000 people in the United States experienced homelessness on a given night. An estimated 322,050 of that number do not have covered shelter. About ten percent of the unshielded homeless have at least one dog or cat.
Not only do these pet owners have to find shelter for themselves, but they have to find a roof for their pet, which can be a challenge.
Many shelters do not have programs that allow pets or provide food for pets. Due to this, numerous homeless people stay out on the streets because there is no place that they can bring their cat or dog.
There is a national organization that is trying to help the pets of the homeless and provide them with services and food. Feeding the Pets of the Homeless was started in December 2006 with the intent to raise awareness of the need to help homeless pets.
The organization reaches out to veterinarians and pet retailers to join the program and collect pet food. Members then go to local food banks and shelters and distribute the pet food to those in need.
Genevieve Frederick, who is head of Feeding the Pets of the Homeless, said: “The response from the general public has been overwhelming. It has changed the way many people view the homeless. They want to contribute pet food for those less fortunate, and they contact me daily to ask where they can go or why there isn’t a location in their town.”
Source: El Paso Times
Photo: Tim Hulsizer