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Picture This: Bringing Vet Care to the Homeless

August 30, 2016Posted by Helaina Hovitz

On Saturday (August 26) Bide-A-Wee partnered with the Mayor’s Alliance and various shelters throughout New York City to bring veterinary care to pets belonging to people who do not have a home of their own. Up to 10% of the homeless population in NYC are indeed pet owners, and because animals are not allowed in homeless shelters, many choose to live on the streets in lieu of parting with their best friends.

The organization’s on-staff veterinarian Dr. Shian Simms conducted feline and canine health exams and distributed animal care packages in Bide-A-Wee’s mobile adoption van. One animal owner even travelled from Philadelphia to come to the event and was first in line for help with his dog’s skin issues—he received medication and supplies.

The nonprofit hopes to hold a similar event again in the winter.

Organizations dedicated to helping these pets nationwide and year-round, such as Pets of the Homeless, offer tips on on what you can do to help and how to direct owners to specific resources (for NYC based resources, click here).

Know any organizations working to help pets of the homeless with similar efforts? Write to us using our pitch us page!

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