Sierra Foot and Ankle partnering with Pets of the Homeless |

Sierra Foot and Ankle partnering with Pets of the Homeless

Sierra Foot and Ankle was welcomed by the national nonprofit, Pets of the Homeless as a new donation site.

Donations of pet food and supplies can be taken to 2350 S. Carson St., Suite 3, Carson City or 1516 Virginia Ranch Rd., Suite 1A, Gardnerville that will be delivered to a local food bank, homeless shelter or homeless encampment.

The program is an ongoing national effort to regularly supply donated pet food to local people who cannot afford to properly provide for their pets.

Over the course of a year, millions of people become homeless with numbers rising. Approximately 80 percent of people who experience homelessness are homeless for a short period of time and usually need help finding housing or a rent subsidy. But unfortunately, for those with pets it becomes more difficult, forcing them to choose between their pet and a roof over their head. Surprisingly, most choose to stay on the streets with their pets for longer periods of time. Their pets are their comfort, provide an emotional bond of loyalty, and are nonjudgmental. It is estimated that one in four homeless and disadvantaged people have a pet. Pets of the homeless do not choose their guardians. A difference can be made to aid these pets.

More than 13,800 pets have been medically treated through the assistance of Pets of the Homeless, and 432 tons of pet food collected and distributed. There are more than 410 Donation Sites nationwide. Pets of the Homeless has provided over $404,000 in veterinary care to pets of the homeless.

Sierra Foot and Ankle accepts pet food donations year-round. For more information call 775-783-8037, or call Pets of the Homeless at 775-841-7463.