Since the founding of DDR, our team has focused on increasing access to veterinary care and providing pet support and resources for unhoused individuals and families with pets living on the street, in vehicles, and in shelters. Our dedicated outreach team meets people where they are at to decrease barriers of properly caring for their pet. In addition to providing pet support, our outreach team focuses on building and fostering relationships and trust with our community. Checking in with community members means more than “getting free stuff”, all of our counselors are there to support the pet owners just as much as their pets.
All of the services that we offer, we offer in a manner of trauma informed care. Always remembering that many factors impact our clients’ lives, and lead to stress; uncertainty, lack of information, and a loss of control. By explaining options, offering choices, taking time to explain the information helps our clients feel more in control of their pets’ lives and in turn their own lives. In addition to promoting healthy pets, the benefits of spay and neuter, our goal is to always help our clients see that they have options, they have our ongoing support because we all need help sometimes.