HomelessWithPets - Get Us Rolling !
Organized by: Homeless WithPets.org
Thanks to our supporters' generosity we have raised funds for a cargo trailer, to kit it out for basic wellness and vaccines clinics, to undertake some basic animal grooming and watch a few animals while their people attend to their own health and other appointments. But. And this is the big but we need to go mobile and not stay at the day service center as we had planned.
This now raises a problem of the need for a truck to haul our trailer. So this is our ask, $20,700 to cover the cost of a pre-owned truck, insurance, taxes and a generator. There are upsides in going mobile. We can reach out into more communities of people living homeless in Sonoma County, CA and have more of a presence in our community making some of the issues of homelessness more visbile.
There has been an explosion of homelessness in the community over the past months, so much so, it's said that the City of Santa Rosa will be declaring an emergency.
We don't know how many people have animal companions who are living rough on the streets, in their cars, in tents, or living in structures not intended for human habitation. Homeless With Pets is getting more calls from more agencies, emergency agencies, those serving the elderly as well as those serving homeless populations. It's said 24% of homeless people have animal companions. So this could mean that in any year that there are 200,000 experiences of people and their animal companions camping out in cars, on the streets or in a variety of uninhabitable structures. This is a lot of suffering that we can help alleviate.
Each story we hear is tragic. An elderly woman in her car in the hospital parking lot, having daily chemotherapy, but refusing a bed because there's nowhere for her dog, Bella, to go. She comes out in the day during treatment to attend to Bella and then camps in the car at night.
A mother and child in a car with two small dogs and four cats. They spend most of their time in the library parking-lot so the daughter can use the library, read books and do summer school projects and the mother can check on line for anywhere they might be able to rent at their income level and that will take pets. They have to take it in turns of course to use the library facilities. It's getting hot and the animals cannot be left without the air con running. Going mobile will mean we can offer some respite, take in animals to be watched for a 1/2 day, so their people can take a break or can really focus on what it is they are trying to do. Please help us with this new target so we can get HomelessWithPets with its new levels of service rolling !