Feeding Pets of the Homeless Leads Seventh National Give a Dog a Bone Pet Food Drive
The week of August 7-14 is the seventh National Feeding Pets of the Homeless Give a Dog a Bone week. The national organization, Pets of the Homeless asks the public to locate a donation site in their community by visiting petsofthehomeless.org. Donations of pet food should be taken to one of the identified, local sites.
Homelessness is still an issue in many cities even as the economy brightens. Those left in the shadows and on the streets with pets are in need of pet food. There are more than 400 pet food donation sites across America. Donations of pet food and supplies are received at member donation sites and distributed to food banks, soup kitchens, and homeless shelters which then give the pet food and supplies to their clients.
Genevieve Frederick, Founder of Pets of the Homeless said, "Since 2008, donation site members have taken over 432 tons of pet food and supplies to homeless shelters, food banks and soup kitchens across the country. Some of our volunteers take it to the streets and/or camps where the homeless congregate. It is a combined effort to continue year-round collections of pet food. We applaud the caring, member sites who have reported their contributions. The need is great for communities to continue to donate to this on-going effort."
As an outreach to the homeless who own pets, Pets of the Homeless also uses cash donations to provide veterinary care to pets of the homeless at free wellness clinics as well as emergency veterinary care across the country. More than 13,800 pets have been treated.
About Pets of the Homeless:
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. The 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. For more information, please visit petsofthehomeless.org.