Veterinary Care for Pets of People Who Are Homeless

Frequently Asked Questions

What are Pro-Bone-O’s Goals?

  • Improve the health and well-being of pets of people who are homeless and who cannot afford veterinary care
  • Prevent birth of litters through education and providing financial assistance for spaying and neutering
  • Stop the spread of infectious diseases and parasites in the community
  • Encourage and foster the human-animal bond

Who Does Pro-Bone-O Serve?

Pro-Bone-O provides services to people who are homeless; those who do not have a fixed, regular, or adequate residence. We consider someone homeless in these situations:

  • Living in a car, a recreational vehicle or camping
  • Living on the streets or in an abandoned building
  • Living in inadequate housing (no electricity, no running water, no heating)
  • Living in a transitional or emergency shelter
  • Couch hopping or living with friends/relatives for less than 6 months
  • Living in a motel, hotel, or short-term (1-2 weeks) apartment

What Services Does Pro-Bone-O Provide?

  • Well-pet examinations
  • Vaccinations
  • Administration of flea/tick/mosquito preventives
  • Distribution of preventive medication
  • Treatment for minor illnesses, diseases, and wounds
  • Spay/neuter vouchers to local area veterinary clinics
  • Distribution of food and treats, collars, leashes, supplies, pet beds, crates and carriers when available
  • Referrals for emergency medical procedures
  • Friendly, safe environment

Your generous contribution will go towards helping pay for medical supplies, dog and cat food, and other pet supplies.
There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.~Jan Schakowsky