Street Outreach/Service Navigation Program
Our Street Outreach Program involves us making direct contact with vulnerable persons either living on the streets, in their cars, or in between housing. We deliver pet food, flea and tick preventatives, cat litter & litter pans, & pet supplies such as bedding, toys, collars, leashes, & harnesses. We provide season-related needs, such as extra water and water bowls in the summer and extra blankets and coats in the winter. We also bring out supplies for the pets' owners, such as water, hygiene kits, food, socks, and clothing.
We'll also help these folks with veterinary care, whether that is with our veterinarian coming to their location, or with our volunteers transporting them to a veterinary clinic. We provide the funding for these visits that may vary from vaccines and preventative care to emergency care and dentals.
We also help folks navigate the social services system to try to secure stable housing if that is their intention and to make sure they are aware of other resources in our city that may help them get to where they intend to be.
HOW TO HELP WITH OUR STREET OUTREACH PROGRAM
(coming on outreach, transport pets to the vet)
(pet food, pet supplies, hygiene kits)
Crisis Response Foster Care Program
Our Crisis Response Foster Care Program provides placement of companion animals with temporary foster homes so that owners may seek medical treatment, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment or shelter. SOAR has found that humans experiencing homelessness or crisis, who have pets, are likely to refuse services that can be lifesaving or altering due to concerns about losing their companion animal. We are often contacted on emergency basis regarding a person who needs to be hospitalized or go into emergency medical treatment but they don't have anyone to care for their pet, or the pet comes in with them to the ER. We respond by picking up & fostering their pet to avoid them being taken to the animal shelter & possibly losing their animal companion. You can read about a few stories of people we have helped in these situations by clicking here.
Our foster program’s work meets our mission of preserving the bond of human & pet, by providing safe placement for companion animals, while owners access what they need to get healthy and/or be safe.
Pets are housed in either our Animal Care Building at the SOAR facility, or in external volunteer foster homes. Owners are encouraged to visit their pets, while working on their self improvement, & pet ownership retention is utilized as part of the case plan, engagement in services, & progression. We prefer pets to be fostered in a home environment instead of in a dog kennel to encourage good animal stewardship of life indoors, especially if it is a pet that may be transitioning from living on the streets with their owner to becoming housed with their owner.
If you or someone you know needs help from our Crisis Response Foster Care Program, please click here and fill out the form to request help. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) prior to filling out the form.
HOW TO HELP WITH OUR FOSTER CARE PROGRAM
(foster pets, pet interaction & enrichment)
(pet food, pet supplies, direct financial support for a specific pet or individual)
We want to thank for their generous support of our Crisis Response Foster Care Program!
Retention/Access to Veterinary Care Program
Through our Retention/Access to Veterinary Care Program, we respond to animals at risk of being surrendered due to the inability to afford veterinary care, acquire trainers for behavior modification, or other animal expenses or obstacles for which their human companions need support. A common referral for the retention program may be someone surrendering their pet to the shelter or looking to re-home their pet.
We respond to requests for help in three primary ways- helping with the current medical or behavioral problem by either providing transportation or financial support, communicating veterinary terminology & explain follow-up care, & empowering individuals to take control of their pet's health & learning how to budget for unexpected pet expenses.
HOW TO HELP WITH OUR RETENTION PROGRAM
(transport pets to the vet)
(funds for veterinary care, direct financial support for a specific pet or individual)