Unique partnerships are often at the core of our work, for we cannot accomplish our mission alone. Innovated, new approaches must be created in order to help animals and the people who care about them. That is why we’re happy to tell you about our latest partnership with Inner City Law Center (ICLC) and Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS), which is focused on providing an easily accessible Pet Resource Center on Skid Row on July 13th.
Inner City Law Center is a non-profit law firm providing legal representation for the most vulnerable individuals and families in LA who have now where else to turn, regularly combating slum housing, preventing homelessness, and aiding homeless veterans. Los Angeles Animal Services is on of the largest animal shelter systems in the United States, managing six shelters and a high volume of pets. Put them together, and that’s a lot of power we’re lucky to align with. It means we can make a bigger difference.
At DDR, we believe that what is inside a person’s wallet should not be what determines whether they are a loving pet owner, capable of providing care and kindness. We’ve witnessed firsthand how many people living on the streets often rely on their pets for emotional support and companionship, as well as the number of low-income families struggling to pay rent, never mind caring for beloved family pets. Our Pet Resource Center on Skid Row will provide resources and services so that this community is better able to care for and keep their pets. By enabling more families to stay housed and connected, we hope to prevent fewer pets from entering the shelter system and fewer unwanted litters from being produced.
We are so excited about this partnership and the impact it is sure to make. For starters, it gives low-income residents of Skid Row a place to go when they need help with their pets. Many individuals experiencing homelessness or financial hardship are unaware that resources like us even exist. More over, many struggling fear seeking help, assuming it will lead to their cherished animals being taken away from them. We know that no matter what a person’s housing or financial situation may be, there are ways to keep pets with their people, and keep them all safe and happy.
The Pet Resource Center will be open one day a week and run by us and our amazing volunteer team. ICLC will provide the space at its office on Skid Row, and LAAS is supplying the free spay/neuter vouchers plus help with first-time animal registration. The center will provide much more, such as:
- Free spay/neuter vouchers
- Assistance with animal registration
- ID tags
- Access to emergency boarding and short term foster care
- Medical care at approved partner veterinarian clinics
- Assistance with transportation to animal hospitals
- Short-term motel stays for persons who do not have a permanent residence when their pet is undergoing a non-outpatient medical procedure
- Trained, volunteer counselors to provide the necessary services and offer support
So imagine being somebody who is desperate to stay with your cat or dog, as well desperate to make it through another day. Now imagine having a place to go and people who truly want to help you. Imagine the sense of hope and peace washing over you as you go on your way with your pet, better off than you were before, and knowing you have friends out there who will pay attention when you are in need.
Imagine it. It is not a dream. It is happening. It is starting July 13th, and we hope it is the beginning of much more to come. Please support the Pet Resource Center and support our groundbreaking work at DDR! Because we are willing to do things differently, to join forces with others, and to change the world one family – animal and human – at a time.