Great opportunity to help make a difference for Cape Cod pets and their owners
Make a difference for people and their pets.
Emergency Pet Care Program’s mission is to provide a network of care for the pets of Cape Cod, MA residents who are in the shelter system or facing homelessness.
In 2021 there were approximately 86 people living on the streets or in at a camp site on Cape Cod. Thirty five people were living in their car and 34 people were living in a shelter. The median age was 50 years old, but 25 people were over 65 years old. Twenty five people were actually employed. These individuals ranged from those with different types of emotional and substance issues, to those who were just trying to find their way. The pandemic has made this already heartbreaking problem even worse.
For many, their pets are often the only stable and reliable companionship, and permanently surrendering them because facilities such as shelters or motels will not allow their best friends to join them can be overwhelming. Unfortunately, many are forced to make that decision with just a moment’s notice. This can be traumatic, and as a result, many choose to live outside or in cars with their pets. This leaves them at higher risk and more vulnerable in many ways. For those who agree to give their pets up, the animals often end up in a shelter where there is limited space and there is no money to care for them. This cycle also puts more stress on our shelters and rescues which are already overburdened with unwanted pets.
There is currently no official emergency program in place on Cape Cod for organizations and individuals who are doing their best to assist this vulnerable population, and the struggle for all involved can be serious. Each time it is an urgent and chaotic process to find a way to care for the person in emotional or physical need, as well as do their best to find a place for their pets. Often, as mentioned, no help is found in time and the pets must be permanently surrendered.
The answer to making a difference for these people and their pets is easy; working together!