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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: To provide free veterinary care and related services to pets of the homeless and near-homeless in Colorado and other areas of the country.

Results: In May of 2015, the first Street Dog Coalition clinic took place in Fort Collins, Colorado across from the Sister Alice Murphy Center for Hope with a team of five veterinarians, four veterinary technicians, three veterinary students and several dedicated volunteers. It has since expanded to cities across the U.S. and the growth continues. In 2018, we were able to serve nearly 1,000 dogs (and some cats). With the help of our partner veterinarians, we now serve cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Nevada, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Target demographics: pets of the homeless and near-homeless.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000 dogs

Geographic areas served: cities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Nevada, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Programs: setting up pop-up veterinary clinics in communities across the U.S. to provide free veterinary care. This care includes (and is not limited to): vaccinations, heartworm testing and prevention, treatment of minor wounds and infections, pain management, prescriptions and other medical services at no charge. We provide pet food and pet supplies when they are donated, and we also attend events such as Homeless Connect and Veterans Stand Downs. We set up street clinics where they are needed and are able to serve a population who would normally never be able to afford or have access to affordable care for their animals. In addition to providing onsite veterinary care, free vouchers for spay/neuter services at a partnering veterinary clinic are also provided as needed.

Community Stories

27 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think this is a great organization, I just wish we could reach more communities in need. I’m so happy I can be apart of all this & truly look forward to my volunteer day. Everyone is SO appreciative for StreetDogs helping their pets get basic medical care & medications like flea & heartworm prevention. I hope StreetDog can grow once covid restrictions are lifted. We could help so many!!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a veterinarian and recognize the importance of collaborating with various community resources to provide veterinary care for animals who are typically underserved. Street Dog Coalition truly understands the mutually beneficial relationship between dogs/cats and their people. They recognize the complex issues that result in people not being able to access veterinary care for their beloved pets. They have developed a community based program that partners with owners to provide veterinary care to animals. In doing this, such animals will not be surrendered to already overburdened animal shelters and honor the valuable relationship between people and pets.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Street Dog Coalition is absolutely amazing! I am a 3rd year vet student that recently started volunteering for this organization and I cannot say enough nice things about them! They really care about their clients and their clients love them too! 10/10 recommend this organization! They are fantastic!

1 Sarah Beth D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Street Dog Coalition is a fantastic organization that cares about lives on both ends of the leash. This organization is doing so much more than just veterinary care-- they are saving people by saving their pets.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Street Dog Coalition and its various components are an asset to every community where they have outreach teams. Expanding their work from veterinary outreach to homeless communities with pets to a One Health model partnering with local social workers, mental health specialists and medical staff to offer care "at both ends of the leash," making the organization a forward thinking advocate for these communities throughout the country. Fortunately through individual and corporate support the organization can continue to grow offering these much needed services in new cities and support ongoing clinics.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined The Street Dog Coalition as a volunteer for the street clinics in northern Colorado because of my love for animal welfare but soon found that this organization cares as much for the humans who care for their pets as constant companions, and often, as their lifelines. While the pet owners who attend our clinics are homeless or near homeless they receive the same care and attention both for their pets and personally that they would in the best brick and mortar veterinary clinic but pay nothing for the services they receive. We work closely with generous local veterinarians and humane societies to provide services for these pets we can't on the street, such as spay/neuter, dental work or other surgeries, and then reimburse them for their expenses so the pet owner does not have to pay for the procedure or make the heart-wrenching choice of giving up their pet or having to euthanize their beloved companion. The mission of The Street Dog Coalition was vital when the organization was begun and continues to be of the utmost importance to the families and individuals who need our services in order to keep their pets healthy and keep them close. As first responders have discovered through natural disaster evacuations or through victims of domestic violence, pets are so important and so much a part of the family that owners will choose to stay rather than leave a pet behind. The human/animal bond is undeniable; The Street Dog Coalition embraces this bond and through clinics throughout the US we offer empathy and care to furry family members and a non-judgmental ear or shoulder to the caregiver. We often hear from owners that their pet saved their life, not through some dramatic rescue, but by merely being there. Having a pet to care for has enabled the owner to stay connected, to live another day so that their companion is fed, warm and safe. Millions of us have pets to love but not many of us fully-homed people can say our pets keep us alive everyday. For this reason and so many others, the pets of homeless deserve health care and support; through the work of The Street Dog Coalition, our partners, volunteers and donors we can continue to open more clinics throughout the country and provide vital services to pets of the homeless keeping them healthy and helping relieve that stress for caregivers. As a board member now, I continue to work local street clinics and add my experience to the growth of the organization in the hope that one day homelessness will be a part of our past as a society but as long as The Street Dog Coalition is needed we will be there.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with The Street Dog Coalition has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my veterinary career. Helping unhoused people receive complimentary and life saving veterinary care for their pets allows us to strengthen the human-animal-bond that we know is critical to the welfare of people and animals alike.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I got involved with Street Dog Coalition when I saw that my friend was volunteering at events in San Diego. I e-mailed the contact available on the website and reached Dr. Jon Geller, who founded the organization. He and Katrina got back to me and let me know that there was not an active clinic in Nashville yet, but that they would like to get me started. Before I knew it, I was organizing my first street clinic. Not only is this a great idea, but Dr. Geller and Katrina have developed it into a seamless, organized process. This really allows us as team leaders to bring this amazing idea to life all over the country and bring health care to the pets of individuals experiencing homelessness. This organization achieves so much with a simple idea. It allows us to tackle mental health issues of those experiencing homelessness by allowing them to keep their pets, which are often their lifeline and best friends. It allows us to tackle public health by preventing the spread things such as tick-borne diseases, bubonic plague with flea control, rabies, hookworms and tapeworms, to name a few. It allows us to keep the pets as healthy as possible, despite the owners not having access to the resources to care for them as they would like to. It allows us to minimize the spread of disease between pets that live in the urban environment by keeping the pets of the homeless population healthy and on preventative care. It allows us to speak with and educate individuals experiencing homelessness about how to care for their pets as best as they can. It allows us to give these individuals the resources to have their pets spayed and neutered to control overpopulation in our shelters and on our streets.
This organization seems like it is based on a very simple idea-provide free health care and resources to obtain health care for the pets of individuals experiencing homelessness. However, it achieves so much in the grand scheme of things. I learn so much from every event that I am involved with and from every conversation I have with Dr. Geller. Working with them has really empowered me to help not only the homeless community, but the community of Nashville as a whole.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Street Dog Coalition provides vital veterinary care to under privileged and under represented populations in our community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Dr. Jon Gellar is great to offer his time and expert advise to those in need. Great non-profit that helps owners of animals get proper care and vaccinations for their beloved animals who otherwise would not be able to afford it on their own.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Street Dog Coalition, providing free basic Veterinary services to the pet-owning homeless population. My experience volunteering has made me aware that the services the Street Dog Coalition provides is vital to the folks who have no financial resources to provide care for their most precious possession - their pet.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently volunteered at an event with Az Street Dog Coalition and it was an amazing experience! I loved meeting all the people and their pets. It was so nice to be able to give a little help to make peoples lives a little easier. I will definitely being joining them again!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Street Dog Coalition is a great story of one man who had an idea to help those less fortunate and expanded it to a nationwide movement. I have participated in several Street Dog functions. People who receive the benefits of the services are sooo appreciative. Even with volunteers, the cost of vaccines and medications is large so financial donations are very important to continue the work.

1 Jenny S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been priviledge to get to volunteer with the STREET dog coalition here in Fort Collins with Dr. Geller and to have seen first hand the awesome care that is provided to the pets in need who come to the clinics. The owners are always so grateful, and I am glad to have the opportunity to help with their awesome mission whenever possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering as a veterinary technician with The Street Dog Coalition Hawaii chapter for a few months now and I can honestly say it is the best thing I have done with my life. This organization helps fill a societal hole that would otherwise be left open. This organization is wellness and infectious disease control. During our Street Dog clinics we are able to provide protection from terrible preventable diseases, stop transmission of parasites, prevent unwanted litters, and treat a numerous amount of health issues. All in the while providing mental and emotional well being to people and animals.

1 Heather Renee A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The SDC is such an amazing group and brings smiles to so many people and their loved pets! It was a wonderful experience getting to work with them and the community!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have witnessed Street Dog in action in Ithaca, New York. The work that these people do for pets is most impressive. They give of their time and energy to make sure that pets have preventative and curative treatment. Each injured paw, each infected ear or eye is treated with tender care. Preventative treatment for fleas, ticks, heartworm and more will make sure these pets remain as healthy as possible.
These professionals--Vet Techs and Veterinarians--deserve enthusiastic support.

1 Michael H.6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've personally witnessed this group provide much needed care for patients and families that otherwise couldn't afford it. An exceptional crew of caring, hard working folks giving generously of their time and talents.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked in the veterinary field for 25 years and the animal welfare field for 10 of those. The Street Dog Coalition has a beautifully simple and accessible model for volunteering and making a community level impact. They made it extremely easy to start a local clinic and all of the volunteer time is spent providing direct care because of their fantastic support. I cannot recommend them highly enough!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! They help pets of the homeless throughout the country, providing vaccines, medicine and anything they might need to stay healthy.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across this charity at an event in Denver, CO. I was so impressed with the work that they were doing and the volume of people that they were helping that I offered to help expand their reach into the Phoenix area. I commend them for providing a high quality level of veterinary medicine to those that would otherwise go without. Great job Street Dog Coalition!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Caring for the pets of people who need their love the most. A much needed service.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Here in the Chicagoland area, the Street Dog Coalition has teamed with The Night Ministry and The Anti-Cruelty Society to reach more pets of the homeless and near homeless. It has provided exams, vaccinations, dewormings and basic medical care to those pets in order to keep them healthy and maintain a strong pet-owner bond. It is also able to provide spay/neuter vouchers for those pets.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Street dog coalition changes lives. The people who benefit from this program can barely feed themselves, but they would do anything for their pets (dogs and cats!). I have personally been involved with this program for several years and have witnessed the love between people and their pets. Street dog recognizes and validates this human-animal bond and gives homeless animals the basic healthcare that they deserve, while also connecting with and educating their owners. For a lot of these people, their pets are their only companions and family and they give them a reason to keep going. Everyone deserves a companion and the street dog coalition helps make that possible.

1 Lauren Hoffmann S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In Colorado Springs: SDC was able to get an amazing kitty, Midna x-rays to check some coughing and provide exercises for her sore hips.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization, and it's group of volunteers, provides a greatly needed service for at-risk animals in cities across the country.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Street Dog Coalition is a wonderful organization that fills a much needed gap in the communities they serve. I used to live in Fort Collins and I'm impressed at their ability to scale to so many cities throughout the country in just a few years. It's also pretty incredible that all their clinics are 100% volunteer based. It's important that nonprofits like this continue to do the work that they're doing and destigmatize homeless individuals that have pets/homeless pets.