According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, 1 out of 10 homeless people in the U.S. owns a pet. But we often forget that these animals need caring for, too, and providing for them can be a challenge when you're struggling to provide for yourself.
"A few years ago, my husband and I visited New York City. We saw a homeless man with his beautiful healthy, mixed breed dog at his side," explains Genevieve Frederick, a founder of a nonprofit called Pets of The Homeless, on the organization's website. "It was obvious the dog was devoted to the man. He was not on a leash and could have run away at any time. I was confused as to the reason anyone who is homeless, who could barely feed or take care of themselves, would even consider having a pet. [...] The answer became obvious to me. Their pets are nonjudgmental; provide comfort and an emotional bond of loyalty. In some cases, they provide the homeless with protection and keep them warm."
Shortly after her trip, Frederick started the organization to care for pets of the homeless that she now runs along with her daughter, Renee Lowry, nationwide.
Watch the mother-daughter duo take us through their mission as part of Elite Daily's Insight series below. As the video's Youtube description explains, the two along with their team have already provided food and urgent medical care to as many as 13,000 pets.
(H/T: Elite Daily)