While Toronto’s shelters and outreach agencies do what they can to serve the needs of the city’s homeless population, the needs of pets whose owners are living on the streets are often overlooked.
To that end, Toronto dog-walking service Leash and Paws is hosting its first-ever summer charity drive to help the pets of homeless men and women.
Leash and Paws is collecting small items such as leashes, towels, blankets, dog and cat toys, treats and food from donors on behalf of Pets of the Homeless.
“Normally, we do a drive like this every Christmas where we collect larger items, too, but because space is limited at the shelters (where homeless people with pets are allowed to stay) we’re focusing on smaller items for this one,” said Leash and Paws owner Ingrid Castro. “They said this time around there’s no space for big items like crates.”
Having a pet and living on the street poses additional challenges, as many shelters do not allow people to bring animals inside. Downtown shelters run by the Fred Victor Centre and the Yonge Street Mission do allow pets and will benefit from the drive, which runs the week of Aug. 8.
For more information on Leash and Paws’ charity drive, visit www.leashandpaws.com/woof-woof-wednesday-summer-charity-drive, or email email@example.com . For more information on Pets of the Homeless, visit www.petsofthehomeless.org