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Review for Street Dog Coalition, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Role:  Board Member