There are hundreds of thousands of people who are homeless and living on the streets this holiday season, and many of them have pets. These pets help to bring their moms and dads a little comfort and joy through even the hardest of times, and so one rescue group decided to give a special holiday gift to the pets who do so much for the owners who love them.
This year, inspectors with the RSPCA are wandering the streets, seeking out homeless individuals and their pets, and gifting them special waterproof coats to help keep their pets warm all winter long. Temperatures have dropped below 10 degrees in many areas, and the RSPCA hopes that these coats will help ensure the dogs are all safe and healthy, and will also help their parents worry about them a little less.
“While we can’t help all of them, we wanted to do something to show some kindness during these winter months,” Amy Quirk, director of field operations for the RSPCA, said in a press release. “As many of these people told us, their dogs are their lifeline and they want to do the very best for them, so by handing out these coats, we are just helping them in a small way to keep the pets they rely on so much happy and healthy.”
As inspectors with the RSPCA go about their daily duties, they’ll be on the lookout for any and all homeless individuals and their pets …
… and every time they find a pair, they’ll be sure to give them one of the coats they have on hand, making sure it fits the pet comfortably before heading off on their way again.
Every person who has received a coat for his or her dog so far has been so incredibly grateful …
… and the dogs seem pretty excited about them, too.