Author Christian Morgenstern once wrote, “Home is not where you live but where they understand you.” For many without the security of a permanent place to call their own, a home is found in the understanding heart of a loyal canine companion.
A person living on the streets often encounters the judgmental gaze of passersby, but in the eyes of their dog they see only devotion; and while they may hear demeaning remarks that bruise their spirit, they know that their dog will be there to listen to their troubles.
Dogs can be a lifeline for a person who has little to cling to, and each year the barking buddies and purring pals of those in dire circumstances are honored with a week-long pet food drive that provides both nutritious meals for the four-legged friends of the homeless as well as sustenance for the public’s collective soul.
Marking its 12th year in 2021, Pets for the Homeless annual Give a Dog a Bone Week is August 22 – 29. Founded by Pets of the Homeless, the national non-profit organization asks that those with a passion for compassion make a contribution to a donation site in their community.
Over 200 member collection sites throughout the United States will accept donations of pet food and supplies to give to food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Since 2008, Pets of the Homeless has distributed 1,538,994 pounds of pet food and supplies to facilities that help those in need.
Genevieve Frederick, the organization’s founder, states, “Some of our volunteers take it to the streets and/or camps where the homeless congregate. It is a combined effort to continue year-round collections of pet food.”
Along with contributions of food and much-needed items, Pets of the Homeless also utilize monetary donations for veterinary care at free wellness clinics to pets of people living rough on the streets, as well as emergency veterinary care from coast to coast. Pets of the Homeless has helped to treat 22,884 companion animals of the homeless and provided $1,920,556 in veterinary care, crates and pet food.
The following video offers a look at the work of Pets of the Homeless:
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