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Pets of the Homeless aims to feed animals

Helping stray animals and feeding homeless people are efforts that have long been supported by well-meaning citizens. But a population that often gets underrepresented is the pets of homeless people.

About 5 to 10 percent of the 3.5 million homeless people in the U.S. own dogs or cats, and in some places the number is as high as 24 percent, according to Pets of the Homeless, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the homeless care for their pets. While these numbers show the bond and comfort humans find in keeping a pet, they also show an added difficulty for homeless people who often cannot find enough food to feed themselves, Mother Nature Network reports.

That is why Pets of the Homeless sponsors a yearly event, National Feeding Pets of the Homeless Week, which aims to feed the animals that these people hold so dear. The event, which runs August 7 through 14 this year, aims to draw awareness to the sacrifices homeless people make for their pets, including sharing food or staying on the streets if a shelter doesn't accept pets, according to the organization.

The event will also collect pet food donations from local collection sites that will be distributed to food banks, soup kitchens and homeless shelters.  
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