This Veterinarian Has Spent 9 Years Wandering the California Coast Treating Homeless People’s Pets for Free
From The Good News Network.
This compassionate veterinarian has spent the last nine years treating homeless people’s pets across California.
Dr. Kwane Stewart first started his labor of love back in 2011 when he was left heartbroken by the amount of animals being surrendered to his veterinary clinic during the recession. As more and more people lost their homes, more and more pet owners opted to turn their furry companions over to a shelter than allow them to be homeless.
Watch the Go Fund Me Video to see more of Dr. Kwane Stewart’s work.
Stewart then brought his veterinary supplies to a soup kitchen event so he could treat some of the homeless pets around Modesto, California.
“About 25% of our homeless population own a pet, and I knew that if I set up a table at a soup kitchen I could help a small group of animals,” Stewart told GoFundMe. “So that’s what I did. I called over anyone who was holding their pet and told them I’d take a look and vaccinate or treat their pet if I could.”
Upon successfully treating 15 animals in a single day, Stewart knew he had found his purpose.
He has since devoted his spare time to wandering through alleyways and city streets up and down the west coast so he can treat homeless people’s pets—and he has helped heal more than 400 animals.
Despite how many dogs and cats can easily be treated with the supplies in his veterinary bag, however, some of the animals required more intensive surgeries and operations.
Back in September, Stewart created a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for his mission—and to date, he has raised $29,000 to pay for animal treatments. He was also officially named the GoFundMe Hero of February.
“I don’t ever want to have to turn anybody away,” he says. “The look on people’s faces when they get their pets back, especially after a surgery or a life-saving procedure—those are moments I’ll remember forever.”