We know pets are family, and we help families stay together.
Our mission is to support the relationships that people have with their pets, and to prevent the surrender of pets during times of economic crisis.
People & Pets Together assists families facing economic hardship by providing pet food to food shelves in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area, by operating a pet food shelf in Minneapolis (the first dedicated pet food shelf in Minnesota), with a veterinary assistance grant program, and through additional programs that keep pets and families together.
Pets help people live happier and healthier lives. The companionship of a pet can be even more important during times of economic hardship.
People & Pets Together, formerly The Pet Project, was founded in 2009 in response to the global economic downturn and heartbreaking stories of people who were forced to give up their pets due to financial hardship. Our mission is to support the relationships that people have with their pets, and to prevent the surrender of pets during times of economic crisis.
Kimberly Carrier, Founder:
"Good pet owners have deep connections with their pets. Anyone who's ever lived with an animal knows that they give us much more than they could ever take. We would really like to change the way the world thinks about relationships with pets and the role they play in our lives. The lessons of empathy, compassion, and responsibility that our pets can teach us shouldn't have to be lost due to poverty or unexpected life circumstances.
"Equal to the human experience of that loss is what the pet is losing. None of these sweet creatures should have to lose a loving home. Shelters are over-crowded and underfunded. Rescue groups are bombarded with phone calls. Let's leave them to do what they do best -- take in unwanted, abused, and neglected animals. Let's support them by not asking them to take in cherished pets. Together, those of us who love and get love from our pets can help others enjoy the same experience. Together, we can foster hope, confidence, and good health for families and their pets.
"People & Pets Together believes that the way we treat the least fortunate among us, those wit
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