and other critical supplies to keep pets of the homeless happy and healthy, thus allowing them to stay with their loving, human companions rather than being relinquished to overpopulated shelters with high euthanasia rates.
In 2018 the pantry was able to provide food for 1,879 dogs and 1,556 cats. We microchipped 38 and vaccinated 27. We were able to make sure every dog that we helped feed had a proper collar/harness and leash. We handed out dozens of sweaters, toys, treats, blankets and human essentials for their owners.
"Peanut was my first rescue when I was 16. He was a year old, He lived in someone’s backyard up until then and they agreed to let me have him. I snuck him into my house and tried to hide him from my parents and they quickly discovered him. He was a terrible mean dog when I got him, he bit me everyday for 6 months. I never gave up on him. He became part of our family. He went to Texas with me when I moved there when I was 24. He grew to love everyone and everything. He suffered from seizures his whole life, he was always on medication. He passed away October 3rd 2017 after losing his 6 month battle with Congestive heart failure. He saw me through the good times and the bad and taught me what patient and love could do to a dog who was just misunderstood." - Casandra O
Helping people keep their pets and helping pets find their people
Companions offer the homeless joy, a sense of family, and emotional comfort. We are one of the few organizations that assist struggling pet owners by helping their pets. We are committed to the human-pet bond and the benefits that bond brings. No homeless person should have their pets taken away because they can’t afford the necessary supplies for their pets’ survival. No pets should go hungry, be uncomfortable, or suffer. That is what we are successfully working to alleviate, reaching out on a weekly basis in locations with high homelessness rates.
Our goal is to save the lives of animals in need. We do so by connecting foster and forever homes for domestic animals at risk of euthanasia or abandonment. We pull dogs and cats from high kill shelters and occasionally accept animals being surrendered by their owners. We quarantine the animal for two weeks to make sure they are healthy for adoption. We make sure their vet needs are completely taken care of, including vaccinations and microchip. We also address minor training and behavioral issues so that the animal has the best chance of fitting into their new home.
To ensure the safety and happiness of our animals, we require that our adopters and fosters complete an application and sign a contract. We always perform a home check to make sure the home is safe for the animal. We also require an adoption fee that will help cover the cost of vet care. Many animals have come from abusive situations and we want to make sure that their next home is a safe, happy, and forever home.
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