Volunteers go to homeless camps to help pets Ruff Haven

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4) – Every day, approximately 3,000 people in Utah are homeless. For many people going through a difficult time, taking your pet to the vet is next to impossible. This is where Ruff Haven: Crisis Sheltering comes in.

Unconditional love is priceless, but vet bills are expensive. That’s why Ruff Haven offers an emergency animal shelter as well as free veterinary care.

“They don’t know where they will be tomorrow. They don’t know what will happen, but they know their pet will always be with them. And he’s their best friend. It’s their companion,” said operations manager Marisa Hernandez.

Over the past few months, Ruff Haven has found that many people he wanted to help couldn’t get to his office. So they cared for them, went to the camps and offered free veterinary help to anyone interested.

Volunteer vet Rennie Putnam said most of the animals he helps don’t need much.

“They spend most of the time, around the clock, with their pets, which makes them very attentive to their animal’s needs,” Putnam said.

In fact, volunteers said most owners put their pets first.

“All of these dogs eat before their humans,” Hernandez said.

While Ruff Haven volunteers care for the animals, they say the work they do is for their owners. Helping people, helping animals.

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