Homeless Woman Endures Cold Because She Has Nowhere To Go With Dogs

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.

Find the Basic Needs Foundation Inc. website here. Facebook page for Basic Needs Foundation Inc. here.

Donations can be submitted via Paypal at info@basicneedsfoundation.org

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.


Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at Examiner.com for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.


  1. Barkley's Mom says:

    If all animal abusers were out of this world and animal loving people just left what a beautiful world this would be.

  2. Jenene says:

    Thank you Annie and Pickles. ❤

  3. Dee Payne says:

    what a wonderful thing to do may karma come back at you for goodness and generosity you have shown

  4. mortisia says:

    this is awesome may god bless you

  5. Kathy Rafferty says:

    A very Big Thank You to everyone who is helping this woman and her dogs 💙❤God Bless You

  6. Annie Torres says:

    Oops forgot to change the name autopopulated in my prior post.

  7. Lisa Sayers says:

    My Non profit Crash Fund Inc just donated the entire amount to help this woman and her dogs.
    We are so happy to help keep dogs with their humans.
    Made possible by my dog Pickles.

    Annie Torres

    1. Stephanie Woods says:

      Thank you very much.

    2. Penny Eims says:

      That’s wonderful Lisa!! Thank you!!

    3. Jenee says:

      Lisa, Thank You!!!

    4. Sherry says:

      That is WONDERFUL!!!!

  8. Debbie Wooten says:

    Praying she gets what she needs for her babies. I can totally understand as I would not go anywhere without my greyhound or my kitty. There are still angels on this earth.

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