November 12, 2019In the News

Lawmakers, DVMs expand care for pets of homeless people

Recent initiatives aim to help vulnerable populations through their pets

November 11, 2019
By Lisa Wogan

Homelessness is regularly seen as a crisis in the United States. On a single night in 2018, approximately 553,000 people were in emergency shelters, transitional housing or on the street, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The point-in-time count was higher than in each of the previous two years.

Policymakers and activists recently have begun including pets of homeless people in discussions about how to get them into temporary shelter or permanent homes. There is a growing awareness that pets play a positive role in the lives of their homeless owners and may be an important asset in providing effective assistance.  (See full article here)