Newest Program, Veteran Pet Support, Teams Up with HUD-VASH
Feeding Pets of the Homeless® teamed up with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) to provide the pets of verified veterans in the program veterinary care. The program is “Veteran Pet Support.”
“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. “We are proud that we can help our veterans and their pets in their time of need,” said Genevieve Frederick. She went on the say that this program is personal because her immediate family has many veterans in it that served in WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam serving in the Army and Navy. I am honored that our organization can work with HUD-VASH to provide resources to these veterans who need our help.”
Of the animals Feeding Pets of the Homeless have given emergency care to over 6% of the pets belong to homeless veterans, according to Frederick.
The HUD-VASH program combines the HUD housing vouchers with the supportive services provided by the VA to help Veterans who are homeless, and their families find and sustain permanent housing. The program targets the 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.”