Pets of the Homeless, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emergency care to the pets of homeless people is seeking volunteers to expand its network of veterinarians.
As a volunteer-based organization, Pets of the Homeless relies on veterinarians, social workers, and other volunteers to provide food and veterinary care to homeless persons. To volunteer for the organization, veterinarians must agree to provide exams and treatments at no more than 80% of their usual rate. Additionally, they must provide Pets of the Homeless with a treatment estimate after the initial exam. Services provided under Pets of the Homeless are limited to acute injuries and illnesses, vaccines administered during procedures, spaying/neutering, and euthanasia, when appropriate.
While Pets of the Homeless makes every effort to assist every pet as they are presented, funding limitations prevent the organization from covering nonessential vaccinations, dental care, boarding, grooming, some long-term treatments, as well as dogs and cats over 14 years of age.
“Since 2008, Pets of the Homeless has paid more than $652,000 to provide veterinary emergency care and wellness clinic services to over 17,500 pets. Despite improvements in the economy, homelessness continues to be a reality for many people. The need for pet food and veterinary care will continue to be a pressing concern for those who find themselves homeless and the pets that rely on them.”
— Genevieve Frederick, Founder, Pets of the Homeless
For additional information on how to volunteer for Pets of the Homeless and other ways to contribute, visit petsofthehomeless.org.