In the United States, between 130,000 to 200,000 veterans are sleeping on the streets on any given night. Many of these veterans rely on pets as comfort companions. We are in need of your help to build a Safe Haven that includes their comfort pets!
According to the National Coalition on Homelessness, an estimated 300,000 homeless Americans have pets, many of them veterans. A common misconception is that homeless men and women use pets as a way to get spare change. However, the majority of these animals are family pets and in the same situation as their human companions. Homeless shelters in many communities are a resource for people who need food and shelter while they work to find employment and get off the street. Unfortunately, a vast majority of homeless shelters do not allow pets on their property. So homeless pet owners are faced with an unimaginable decision each night—either stay with their pet outside and brave the elements for the night or check into the shelter and leave their pet behind.
We believe no one should have to leave their pets behind. By retrofitting homeless shelters to accept pets, we can ensure more people get the help they need and save more pets in the process. And that’s precisely where our Safe Haven program comes in. Together, we can get people and pets off of the streets and into a safe and warm environment.