Nonprofit partners with VA, HUD to feed the pets of homeless veterans

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Of the animals Feeding Pets of the Homeless have given emergency care to, 9% of the pets in 2021 belong to homeless veterans Photo credit Feeding Pets of the Homeless

Feeding Pets of the Homeless has partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD-VASH) to provide the pets of verified veterans in the program with emergency veterinary care.

“We need to work to better help those who have served our country and that includes their animal companions who provide them with much-needed comfort and security,” Genevieve Frederick, founder, and president of Feeding Pets of the Homeless, said.

Frederick’s father, two brothers and husband are all veterans .

Of the animals Feeding Pets of the Homeless have given emergency care to, 9 percent of the pets in 2021 belong to homeless veterans. That number is up from 5 percent, according to Frederick.

The HUD-VASH program combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help homeless veterans and their families find and sustain permanent housing. The program targets chronically homeless veterans who are most vulnerable and often have severe mental or physical health problems and limited access to other social supports.

“We understand the unconditional love, comfort, and security pets can bring a homeless person and we do our best to keep these pets and their human companions together,” Frederick said. “We want to help these veterans maintain this bond with their animal companions as long as possible.”

Founded in 2008, Feeding Pets of the Homeless provides free emergency veterinary care, wellness clinics, pet food, and supplies to companion animals of the homeless population across the nation. The organization also supplies sleeping crates for animals to homeless shelters.

For information on how to access resources for pets of the homeless, call Feeding Pets of the Homeless at 775-841-7463 or visit them online.

Reach Julia LeDoux at Julia@connectingvets.com.

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