VCHS reaches out to homeless individual and their pets in shelters and on the streets providing a wellness care program in our community.
Most shelters do not allow pets, therefore, homeless individuals with pets often elect to stay on the streets rather than part with their companions.
(A homeless woman receiving veterinary assistance for her dog companion.)
In South Florida, VCHS veterinarians provide their services to shelters such as the Community Partnership for the Homeless in Homestead, FL, where pets are boarded in an up-to-date covered outdoor kennel facility.
To: Veterinary Care and Human Services
Hello, my name is Lanora graves and I am a resident here at Chapman Partnership in Homestead, FL. I have a 10 month old Lab mix puppy named Rafael. Since coming to Chapman, Rafael and I have been tremendously blessed. I am able to keep him well fed, up to date with shots, and with monthly heart worm medication. He has even been microchipped. Dr Iglesias has been a wonderful veterinarian, volunteering his time and resources to care for my dog, as well as the few other dogs in the kennel here at Chapman. I did not know that I would received this kind of help for Rafael, all without having to even ask. However, if there was one thing that I could ask for, one request that I could make in order to change our lives here at Chapman Kennel, It would be to get my dog neutered. I fully understand the concern of over population of domesticated animals here in the U.S. While I keep a close eye on my pup, I do not want to contribute to this problem. Shortly after Rafael was born, he was brought to my doorstep. I took him in because he had no home, and his mother’s owner simply had no room. I do not want this to happen to any other puppies due to my dog mating. Rafael is almost a year old, and we are in desperate need of funding for neuter/spay procedures here at Chapman Kennel. There are another old female dog here; whose owners tell me would probably die if she becomes pregnant. Already in a humble position, I am humbling myself even more to ask for help with the funding to neuter/spay the few animals we do have here at Chapman. I ask for this for Rafael, my best friend, who has shown me more loyalty in my time of trouble than most people I know.
Thank you for listening to my plea, and I hope to hear from you soon.