In November of 2012, Special Needs K9 hit the streets of NY City as well as some areas of NJ to start off our “Homeless with Pets” program.
This program was designed to help the homeless (many of whom are MILITARY VETERANS that our own country has FAILED) and their pets by supplying them with food…and yes that includes human food as well as dog food, blankets, cloths, few dollars and other daily necessities. We will also provide medical treatment for their pets when necessary, but only when our funds allow such actions (unfortunately so far, we have not had sufficient funds to provide medical care for the dogs in need since we started this program). We get NO government grants. We solely depend on donations, all of which go to our cause. We do NOT collect ANY salaries.
This program is to run indefinitely or until lack of funding forces us to shut it down. That’s the last thing we want to see as there are many people and animals living on the streets that NEED OUR HELP! So if you can find it in your heart to give a little, please go to our donate page. Again, there are no salaries paid out by SNK9 and all donations go directly to the needy.
UPDATE: 1-22-17 Our 2016-2017 program is underway. Hundreds of blankets as well as large amounts of clothing, dog food, human food, shoes etc have been given out throughout the NYC area. Our efforts will continue till the spring.
UPDATE: 11-08-15 NY City’s homeless rate is at a record high. As of Sept. 2015, there are 59,305 homeless people and that’s just in shelters alone! 23,923 of those are children! Most of the homeless with pets are NOT allowed inside the shelters. That’s where we come in…Today, we are heading out to the city to explore our old and some new locations of people without homes and their “best friends”. They need our HELP and we need YOURS. It is truly heartbreaking to see this happening in today’s world but it’s not only happening, it’s getting worse. Our program goes full speed the weekend of Thanksgiving. Please consider a donation (any amount helps). Most of the time due to the nature of our rescue mission, our medical bills exceed what we take in the form of donations (our only source). In the last 2 months, our medical bills alone totaled over $4,800 and our donations totaled $760. It’s not poor planning or budgeting…we simply cannot predict medical conditions and costs till after the rescue is complete & the dogs are vetted. Once we commit ourselves to any dog, we can’t and won’t turn our back on them.
UPDATE: 2-14-13 “Valentine’s Day”: So far we have done about 7 runs in NY and NJ. We have helped a number of people and their pets but we know there are many more as some are hard to track down. If you see any people with their pets living on the streets without homes and daily shelter that we all take so much for granted, please let us know of their location via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help them.
We will continue to do our very best but we can NOT do it alone! Please…..HELP US HELP THEM!
UPDATE with PHOTOS: 3-17-13 SNK9 at work in NYC caring for dogs living with the homeless. Stacey of SNK9 and her niece Gabby and nephew Thomas helping to deliver blankets and dog food to the needy. It is great to see that the younger generation cares and wants to make a difference.
** OUR “HOMELESS WITH PETS” PROGRAM of 2013-2014 WINTER is CURRENTLY UNDERWAY!
Left photo: Stacey of SNK9 (middle) with her niece Gabby (left) and Ellie, the dog’s owner (right).
Right photo: Thomas (left) and Gabby (right) making sure that the dog has enough food to last a couple of weeks.