A homeless woman in California is enduring the cold nights that accompany winter because she has nowhere to go with her two beloved dogs. The woman, whose name is “Wendy,” is on a waiting list to go to Flood Ministries, but the organization will not take her in until her two dogs, “Kiara,” and “Brutus,” are spayed, neutered, vaccinated, provided with rabies shots, and licensed.
A non-profit organization is doing its utmost to help Wendy, but time is of the essence. On Tuesday, the group, Basic Needs Foundation Inc., described the urgency of the situation:
Homeless woman WENDY is in line at Flood Ministries. If her dogs do not get licensed she will get kicked out of line. She must get the dogs, spayed, neutered, vaccinated, rabies shots, licensed before she reaches the front of the line.
Wendy doesn’t have the funds to have her dogs altered, licensed, and vaccinated, but the Basic Needs Foundation wants to help – Ha Adolfo, with the non-profit group, described what is needed:
Basic Needs Foundation will pay for their spay & neuter, but we need $175 for their vaccination, rabies shots, head cones, pain med for the female dog KIARA, and boarding (female dog cannot walk around with the homeless owner for miles after spaying), licenses ($15/each).
The dogs will both need to be boarded for five days in order for them to recover from the spay and neutering surgeries – according to Adolfo, the discounted boarding fee is $10 per day for both dogs.
Wendy is not willing to turn her back on her companions – she could take shelter from the cold (the nights are 35-degrees where she is at) if she would leave her dogs behind, but she won’t because Kiara and Brutus are her family. With the help of strangers, and the Basic Needs Foundation, hopefully this family will get what they need to stay together, and escape the cold.
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Mission Statement of the Basic Needs Foundation, Inc.
Our goal is to reduce the number of mouths that poor families have to feed by providing FREE spaying & neutering for their pets. We also provide food for working homeless family who live in their vehicles, and pet food for their pets.