The Great Basin Food Co-op is now a new collection site for the Pets of the Homeless Organization.
Pets of the Homeless is a nonprofit volunteer organization that provides pet food and veterinary care to the homeless and less fortunate in local communities across the United States and Canada.
Between 5% to 10% of homeless people have dogs and/or cats. In some areas of the country the rate is as high as 24%.
Most people who experience homelessness are homeless for a short period of time, and need help finding housing or a rent subsidy. Unfortunately for those with pets it becomes more difficult.
Through Pets of the Homeless also known as Feeding Pets of the Homeless, they will do their part in helping to reduce hunger in pets belonging to the homeless and the less fortunate and provide veterinary care for those pets in communities across the country.
They believe in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond which is very important to life.
Pets of the Homeless actions will include the following:
- Promote to veterinarians and pet related businesses the importance of joining the organization as a collection site
- Speak out on the issue of pets of homeless and disadvantaged
- Campaign to food distributing organizations the importance of distributing pet food to the less fortunate
- Provide grants to licensed veterinarians and other nonprofit organizations that meet our objective to administer veterinary care to pets of the homeless
- Provide grants to nonprofit homeless shelters that will allow pets sanctuary with their owners
More information can be found at www.petsofthehomeless.com.
The Co-op has a donation box available in front of the store for your donations.
Accepted Pet Food and Supplies:
- Flea/tick treatment
- Cat Litter
- Pet food (Can or dry) Open bags that are taped closed will be accepted
To really help, we suggest that you bag the dry pet food and label it. When a homeless person has all their worldly processions in a back pack, a small portion is easier to handle.
Cash Donations are accepted inside the Co-op.
Monies collected go towards Grants to veterinarians that go to where the homeless congregate and provide veterinary care such as vaccines, spay/neuter and other needed treatments
All Donations are tax-deductable.