This Wednesday, December 14, visit Town Hall Seattle for a prevalent but rarely discussed topic. Doors open at 6:30pm for Everything to Me: Homeless Seattleites & Their Pets. From Townhallseattle.org:
Many people who are homeless rely on pets as for loyal companionship, protection, and a source of accountability. The benefits of animal ownership, including emotional support, decreased stress, and shared physical activities, have been well documented. For those who are homeless, this bond has been found to be even more important. Yet, there is a particular stigma placed on homeless people with pets—”You can’t take care of an animal if you can’t take care of yourself.” In reality, people who are homeless often put their pets’ needs ahead of their own, foregoing their own health and well-being.
Documentary photographer and One Health researcher Gemina Garland-Lewis is working to bring attention to this issue and facilitate a more permanent “One Health” clinic for homeless people and their pets to access health care and other resources. This event is an opportunity to see the moving images she has captured and hear firsthand from a few of the people who will be served by this project.
The Doney Memorial Pet Clinic will be on hand to collect monetary and pet-related donations (leashes, dog coats, food, treats, etc.) ‘Tis the season for a unique giving opportunity.
Everything to Me: Homeless Seattleites & Their Pets
When: Wednesday, December 14, 7:30pm. Doors at 6pm
Where: Downstairs at Town Hall (1119 Eighth Ave)
Tickets are $5. (No one turned away for lack of funds).