The CARe Van
Why the CARe Van Mobile Veterinary Clinic?
The number of homeless and at-risk veterans, elderly, and families are rising, and seven out of ten families in America live one paycheck away from homelessness.
Pets play a crucial part in the quality of life, mental and physical wellbeing, recovery, and keeping society relevant to those most struggling to stay afloat. Within this population, pet ownership serves to:
In Massachusetts, 7,565 people were counted as experiencing homelessness in January, 2017. This population includes families with children, unaccompanied adults, unaccompanied youth, veterans, and people experiencing chronic homelessness. Between 10% and 25% of homeless people have pets, varying by location. For most of these pets, there is no affordable veterinary care possible. For many of these people, their pet is their last connection to hope and a sense of family. In Boston, with a population of roughly 260,000 households, this means that 108,000 households are at risk. At least 50% of these households own pets. Abandoned and stray pets have significant negative effects on domestic and wild animal populations, human health, and even tourism.
How We Can Make a Difference
The CARe Van requires start-up capital as well as ongoing funding for annual operations. We are seeking corporate sponsors to fund:
Contribute to quality supplies and staffing We Could Use Your Help If you're interested in joining us to launch this venture, please contact us at info@EveryPetCounts.org We'd love to talk to you, get your feedback and grow our team in this important work.
Adam Parker, DVM
Marjie Alonso, CDBC,
CDBC-KA, KPA CTP