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Pet-Friendly Homeless Shelters? [Nov. 8th, 2008|08:09 pm]
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Today, I met a woman at a bus stop who was in a really rough place: she's homeless and can't find a shelter that'll let her stay with her cat. It's more important to her to stay with the cat than to get inside--she's got some pretty serious mental health problems, and it's functionally a therapy animal, but because she doesn't have the official paperwork saying so, no dice. The cat itself is super sweet and obviously well cared for.

I'm bringing her some blankets and cat food tomorrow, and I figured that in the meantime, since I have access to the internets and a phone, I can hunt around for potentially useful resources. I've tried the PWCL, who thought Transition Projects or JOIN might be worth a shot; any other ideas?

(cross-posting to pdx_activist and damnportlanders)

From: rabblevox
2008-11-09 07:16 am (UTC)

Try Outside-In

JOIN is probably the best bet, Transition projects is a guaranteed fail. After JOIN, Outside-In has the best array of pet-friendly services for the homeless. They can definitely help with the paperwork to get her cat certified as a "service animal" (basically only requires a doctor's signature on the right form)

Where I work (Sisters Of The Road) is "animal-friendly" and usually has free cat food available (along with meal, food, phone, hygiene, and barter services).

My name is Richard, and I can be reached at richard (at) sistersoftheroad (dot) org

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[User Picture]From: rae_beta
2008-11-09 08:02 am (UTC)

Re: Try Outside-In

Thank you so much!
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