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Many of us who have pets that we love and treat like family members may take for granted the ability to take them to the vet and pay the expensive bill. However, not everyone is able to do that, even if they love their dog. Everyone deserves love and companionship, and many homeless people have pets that help them feel less lonely. That’s why one veterinarian, Dr. Kwane Stewart, does what he can to help their pets stay healthy!
Nine years ago, during the economic recession, Dr. Kwane was providing veterinary services for shelters. Many people were dumping their pets because they couldn’t afford to care for them. He decided to go around the streets in his local area to treat the pets of homeless people. What was going to be a one-time thing turned into a mission that has already gone on for nine years.
Dr. Kwane even pays for treatment himself if it isn’t too expensive, and for expensive procedures and surgeries, he raises money via GoFundMe. He was actually named their Hero of the month in February 2020 because of his amazing work.
Dr. Kwane says: “It’s rewarding when I help any pet, but helping a pet that wouldn’t normally get care for someone wouldn’t get time or attention, means so much more.” He says their pets have, without a doubt, “kept them alive.” The homeless people he helps echo this sentiment, expressing their sincere love for their pets. One says: “This dog is my life” and another says, “Please help him. He’s my son.”
You can see more of Dr. Kwane’s work on his Instagram and YouTube pages dedicated to “The Street Vet.” You can also check out his GoFundMe if you’d like to contribute and help him continue his amazing mission!
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