Homeless Pets Need Help Just Like People Do

August 11, 2012

Homelessness is on the rise, and sprinkled in that category along with all the displaced people are pets.

homeless man sleeping and holding a catMany people who experience homelessness must find housing in a rent subsidy, but that can be difficult with pets, and between 5-10 percent of homeless people have dogs or cats. In some areas of the country, that rate is as high as 24 percent.

To help them out the homeless and their pets, the second week in August has been designated National Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week.

Pets of the Homeless is a national nonprofit that has more than 375 collection sites across the country in which home dwellers can donate pet food and supplies for homeless animals.

The donations are given to member collection sites and distributed to areas that need it most, even to the streets.

“Since 2008, collection site members have taken over 143 tons of pet food and supplies to homeless shelters, food banks and soup kitchens across the country,” said Genevieve Frederick, Founder of Pets of the Homeless. “Some of our volunteers take it to the streets where the homeless congregate.

“It is a combined effort to continue year-round collections of pet food. The need is great for communities to continue to donate to this on-going effort.”

There are currently three collection sites in Illinois:

*Academy of Dog Grooming Arts, 1742 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Heights

*Morton Grove Animal Hospital, 9218 Waukegan Rd., Morton Grove

*Naperville Animal Hospital, 1023 E. Ogden, Naperville

Feeding Pets of the Homeless provides support to pet business owners who wish to give back to their community by becoming a member collection site. Start-up information is available at

Please consider making a donation of pet food, flea/tick treatment, collars, leashes, treats or even money to a collection site this week, and help out homeless pets and their owners.

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