HOME VAN PET CARE PROJECT NEWS – February 2011
From Elizabeth Howard, Coordinator
The primary mission of Home Van Pet Care Project is to provide food for the pets of the homeless people. All our pet food comes to us from generous donations of animal lovers in our community. We are also sometimes able to provide medical attention, license tags, bedding and shelters. We support spay/neuter and support the St. Francis Veterinary Clinic, Operation Catnip and No More Homeless Pets. This newsletter comes to you on an occasional basis to keep you up to date on our activities and “our” animals.
OUR TOP DOG: SHEBA. Sheba was part of our original Tent City group of dogs. There was severe domestic violence in her home, and we suspect that Sheba was also abused. When that home broke up, with the female partner wisely going to shelter, we asked our friend Dave to foster Sheba temporarily. They really hit it off, and a year and a half later, she shares their home with Catherine Cat on a peaceful, non-violent basis. Sheba has learned to trust and we are all very fond of her. She is the dog you may have heard of, who loves hard boiled eggs and peels her own egg before she eats it.
We visit several camps to check on both dogs and cats, and also have a meeting spot downtown where pet food is distributed. We are currently in the process of collecting several cats who were left behind when law enforcement owners rousted their people. These folks were too frightened to return, so a few of us fearless animal lovers are rounding up the cats for them.
We try to keep tabs on both animals and people and to be available if a foster home is needed or help to access vet care. If you could provide a foster home occasionally for a dog or cat, please let us know. We also need volunteers to help in seeking donations.
We have an ongoing need for bags of both cat food and dog food. The cats have a liking for Friskies and Meow Mix as well as the Purina types. The dogs like Purina also, as well as Pedigree and Kibbles N Bits. Financial donations can be made payable to Home Van Pet Care Project, Inc., and mailed c/o Elizabeth Howard at P.O. Box 14305, Gainesville, FL 32604. You can also call Elizabeth for more information and for pickup or dropoff location or food donations. Thanks for all your help, we appreciate your support.