Know Your Nonprofit: Nevada County Pets of the Homeless |

Know Your Nonprofit: Nevada County Pets of the Homeless

What is your mission statement?

The mission of Nevada County Pets of the Homeless is to provide food, pet supplies and veterinary care, including spaying and neutering of pets of the homeless in Nevada County.

Being homeless and having a pet helps people get though one more day, and provide emotional support in times of stress and instability.

When did your nonprofit start?

October 2014

What are the primary sources of funding?

We are funded solely by public donations. We receive pet food, pet supplies, and payments directly to vet clinics for care and monetary donations.

How many employees does the organization have?

We have no paid employees and have a staff of approximately eight volunteers.

Who benefits most from your organization?

The owners of the pets benefit by knowing they can provide for their pets, which receive consistently good food, collars, leashes, coats, toys, treats, flea medications, heartworm treatments, vet care and any special needs required.

What is the primary service area?

Nevada City and Grass Valley.

What are the biggest achievements?

For the first time, pets of the homeless in Nevada County have access to good, quality food and any supplies or vet care a homed animal would have.

What are the biggest challenges?

Our biggest challenge is reaching all of the homeless because there is no shelter or place that allows the homeless to have their pets with them. We depend on food giveaways to meet up with the homeless to provide services for those with pets.

What are your goals for the next three to five years?

Our goals during the next few years are to have a mobile van to more easily reach the homeless in camps and those that live in vehicles around the area. Secondly, we need a warehouse to store and distribute from, similar to the local food bank but strictly to meet the needs of pets.

What is your major fundraising effort?

Our first fundraiser will be Oct. 3 at the Horseman’s Lodge off Brunswick Road (up from Safeway) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The “Celebration of Pets” event, with food and music, will include pet photos, pet psychics, pet massage, dog agility demonstrations, pet races and pet-related vendors. Our new police dog from Nevada City will also participate. The event will also include a pet memorial featuring photos of pets which have passed and also a reading of the names and blessing.

How can someone become involved?

The best support you can give is to donate pet food and supplies, or make a monetary donation.

Nevada County Pets of the Homeless is a member of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership, which provides the weekly Know Your Nonprofit feature. You can learn more at or by calling 530-265-5600. The Center is on Facebook at NevadaCountyNonProfit Leadership and Twitter at NevCoNonprofits.

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