Hundreds of thousands of Americans experience homelessness each year. Many pet owners struggle to access support, and may even refuse lifesaving shelter if it means that they must leave their pets behind. For many, their greatest source of comfort and unconditional love is their pet.
Because we believe that pets are family, RedRover is one of more than 80 animal welfare and human services organizations advocating for the passage of the bipartisan Providing for Unhoused People with Pets (PUPP) Act, with the goal of establishing a grant program for homeless shelters, so they can access the funds they need to support clients with pets.
This bill would provide funding to retrofit shelters and permanent supportive housing to accommodate unhoused people with pets. Funding to provide additional veterinary services, like spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and other basic care would also be made available. Learn more about the PUPP Act here.
Like our domestic violence survivor assistance programs, the PUPP Act will help ensure that people and families experiencing homelessness with pets don’t have to make the impossible choice between shelter and their companion animals ❤️