Feeding Pets of the Homeless
Address: 2255 Waterford, Carson City, NV 89703
Mission: Pets of the Homeless also known as Feeding Pets of the Homeless, 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.
FEEDING PETS OF THE HOMELESS is a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to feeding and vetting companion animals of the homeless and disadvantaged throughout the United States. They are an all-volunteer organization with no paid staff. They operate under the direction of an executive director and a board of directors.
In 2006, Founder Genevieve Frederick and her husband were visiting NY City, when she noticed a homeless man on the street, and the dog that was with him. When she returned home she began researching homelessness and pets, wondering why someone who could barely feed themselves would have a pet. The answer, of course, was comfort, companionship and loyalty. It is estimated by the National Coalition for the Homeless that 3.5 million people are homeless. 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%. Genevieve saw a need, and set out to fulfill it. In 2007, she began collecting pet food for the homeless and disadvantaged in her own town. Local media picked up the story immediately. By 2008, FPH received their non-profit status, and began giving grants to veterinarians.
FPH has collection sites and distribution centers all over the country, where people can donate pet supplies and pet food. Volunteers deliver the food to distribution centers such as food banks, homeless shelters and soup kitchens that participate in the program. FPH also awards grants to veterinarians who will go into areas where the homeless gather and provide health care such as spaying/neutering and vaccines to the pets. They also award grants to homeless shelters that allow pets sanctuary with their owners.
Your Donations: FPH accepts monetary and pet food & pet supplies donations. For a list of collection sites, visit their website at: http://www.petsofthehomeless.org .
- Flea/tick treatments
- Pet food (Can or dry-even food your pet can’t eat or won’t eat anymore. Opened, tape-closed bags will be accepted.)
- It’s especially helpful if you put the food in Ziploc storage backs and label it. Smaller packs are easier for most homeless people to deal with than big bags.
If you want a tax receipt let the collection site know so they will forward your mailing information as well as a description of the donated item(s).
Non-designated cash gifts are used for their grant programs. Designated cash gifts include:
- Pet Food: purchased wholesale through one of the organization’s partners. The purchased pet food is shipped to the community organization that you specify (food pantry, homeless shelter, soup kitchen, so be sure to let them know.) If you cannot locate one or one is not listed on their Collection Sites page, they will ship it to the organization that they deem the neediest.
- Operational Expenses such as website hosting and management, postage, office supplies, printing, accounting, etc.