Improvements & Developments
As we leave 2020 behind us and look forward to the new year, our team is focused on the growth and developments in front of us. This last year we started our foster care and spay and neuter program, honed in on the process for onboarding new volunteers, and moved our outreach clinics from three a month to six! We are focused on meeting people with the greatest need for veterinary care, while also developing programs that offer continued support.
This year has been a difficult year for everyone, but we've still managed to build relationships with 11 organizations that host our clinics, offering a safe place where houseless people gather, making it easier for them to reach us. We worked with 9 pet care organizations that offered donated pet food, supplies, foster care support and help with high need medical cases. Our volunteer support began to surge this year, and there are many folks that have now become an integral part of this work.
Organizations can make a huge difference in a community, but it's easy to slip into a place where you are focused on growth, and not what the people you are serving actually need. Besides the amazing networks we've built, many of our team members are also involved in the homeless organizing groups (HOCS) in the Seattle area. Attending monthly meetings with the Community Advisory Group (CAG) to Healthcare to the Homeless Network and The Lived Experience Coalition. We are focused on keeping up with what is happening with houseless people right now in our community. Growth is wonderful because it allows us to serve more people and their pets, but keeping our feet on the ground, our ears and eyes open, and continuing to meet people where they are at, is the foundation of the work that we do.
Happy New Year!