PRWeb - The week of August 4-10 is the fourth national Feeding Pets of the Homeless “Give a Dog a Bone” week. Pets of the Homeless asks the public to participate by making donations of pet food, which can be taken to one of their local collection sites.
Homelessness is still a major issue in our country, and 10-25 percent of the homeless have pets in need of food.There are over 450 collection sites across America.
Donations of pet food and supplies are received at member collection sites and distributed to food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters, which then give the pet food and supplies to their clients.
Genevieve Frederick, founder of Pets of the Homeless said, "Since 2008, collection site members have taken over 211 tons of pet food and supplies to homeless shelters, food banks and soup kitchens across the country. Some of our volunteers take it to the streets where the homeless congregate."
Frederick added, "It is a combined effort to continue year-round collections of pet food. We applaud the caring, member sites, who have reported their contributions. The need is great for communities to continue to donate to this ongoing effort."
As an outreach to the homeless who own pets, Pets of the Homeless, also uses cash donations to provide veterinary care to pets of the homeless at free wellness clinics, as well as emergency veterinary care across the country.
"Most shelters do not allow animals, so rather than give up their beloved pets, many homeless stay on the streets," Frederick explained, "We provide pet sleeping crates, free of charge, to homeless shelters that allow refuge to the homeless with pets."
Pets of the Homeless provides support to pet business owners who wish to give back to their community by becoming a member collection site. For more information, please visit www.petsofthehomeless.org/.