The Plight of Homeless Families with Pets

The holiday season is a good time to stop and appreciate what we have, while understanding that there are others who are not as fortunate. There are homeless families all over the country who are struggling every day to survive, and for many of them, the only friend they have, the only friend they can count on, is their pet.

While all pets provide love and companionship, the ones who give comfort to our homeless population are providing an even greater service. Unfortunately, sometimes these pet owners are discriminated against because of their pets. Hundreds of homeless pet owners are turned away from shelters at night because of their canine or feline friends.

Like I said, it’s a good time of year to think about all we have that others may not be as fortunate to have. And this includes the pets who are without shelter. Here at Trupanion, we have coordinated a pet food drive to help homeless pets. We have been collecting dog and cat food and taking it to the local animal shelter. We hope that if everyone gives a little, we can make a big impact in the lives of homeless pets.

What do you do during this time of year to give back?

About Heather @FamilyAndFur

Heather Kalinowski lives in the Seattle area with her husband, newborn son, and two rescued pups – an Italian Greyhound named Ava and a Spaniel mix named Jackson. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and volunteering with Italian Greyhound Rescue. Google+

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