Poverty’s Pets volunteers spend a lot of time in low income neighborhoods in Phoenix. We see the suffering and neglect inflicted on animals as well as the good intention of those who simply do not have the means. A lot of the mistreatment occurs out of ignorance and the lack of education on proper pet care. In impoverished neighborhoods pet parents often do not have the means to take their animals to the vet or to treat them when they suffer from ticks or fleas. Sadly, they do not recognize the need for veterinary care.
Volunteers work along side pet parents to educate them on the importance of Spay / Neuter, healthcare and preventative maintenance, such as vaccinations. We host periodic free spay/neuter clinics to low income residents. We hand select neighborhoods and pet parents who are most in need. Poverty's Pets volunteers make monthly rounds to treat for ticks, vaccinate and assist (and educate) a struggling pet owners with their sick animal.
Poverty’s Pets hosts mobile sterilization clinics inside of low income neighborhoods to help reduce the pet overpopulation and give us an opportunity to interact with owners and their pets. We often follow up with health issues and provide education and resources where needed.
Chico is a neighborhood dog that receives monthly tick treatments from volunteers to reduce his suffering and keep him healthy.
Many dogs in low income neighborhoods solely exist to provide alarm systems for the properties they are prisoners of. Diego was tied for years. After many visits and discussions with the owner on the dogs well being, the owner was convinced to secure there fence and allow Diego to have freedom of movement and most importantly be able to reach his water bowl!
Often the dogs we visit live in filthy conditions. They eat garbage or whatever they can find to survive what is ultimately an unhealthy and unhappy life. Poverty’s Pets volunteers deliver dog food to specific homes in need. It is not uncommon that the owners eventually surrender their pet to us in an attempt to find them a better life.