This is how homeless shelter is helping homeless people and their pets

Welcome hall mission says yes to pets

Welcome hall mission in Montreal has done what others failed to do before.

According to the nonprofit organization Pets for the Homeless, 5 to 10 % of the homeless people in the US share their lives with pets. In some areas, the rate of pet ownership is as high as 24 percent by the homeless.

Welcome Hall Mission Steps Up to Support the Homeless and Their Pets

A dog looking sick and sad and pushing his head against the wall.

Welcome Hall Mission offers a safe place for homeless people and their pets. Photography © freemixer | iStock / Getty Images Plus.

With 3.5 million Americans homeless, that’s a lot of dogs living on the streets with their guardians. A primary challenge for homeless people and their dogs is the lack of dog-friendly shelter options. Many guardians have no choice but to stay on the streets with their dogs, even in hectic weather conditions.

In Montreal, Canada, where earlier this winter a dog froze to death wrapped in blankets in the arms of his homeless guardian, community groups stepped up to support people and dogs in need. Welcome Hall Mission in Montreal has opened the city’s first pet-friendly shelter. Sam Watts, CEO of Welcome Hall Mission explains that by opening the shelter, they will be able to assess the actual size of the need for homeless people with pets. The shelter is open to all homeless people in need of shelter in the city regardless of gender. The shelter is also designed to safely be able to support companion animals of all sizes. The emergency shelter is open through the dangerously cold winter months and funded to remain open until spring.

How Welcome Hall Mission Works

Welcome Hall Mission’s dog-friendly shelter opened on January 17, 2019. It is the first animal shelter where guests have been dogs and rats. Sam says that everything has gone without incident. The shelter has supplies that people and their pets might need. In order to keep the animals separated while their guardians are sleeping, the shelter is equipped with crates. There are also wall tethers to support keeping pets safe while in the shelter.

“We also have veterinarians who have volunteered their services from time to time,” Sam explains. In order to make sure that they were prepared for the pets that would be staying in the shelter, they have partnered with the SPCA, donors, and vets to wrap around the needs of the pets of people experiencing homelessness.

Hopefully more cities across the United States and Canada will follow the work of Welcome Hall Mission.  Explore opening their doors to the pets of people experiencing homelessness or working with community partners to develop new shelter programs that can be dog-friendly.

There we go WOOF!!!!

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