Animal Services Seeking Sweaters, Coats for Pets of Homeless

A wide array of services will be offered to the local homeless population at the annual Project Homeless Connect, and dozens of dogs and even cats are expected to show up with their homeless owners.

County Animal Services will be ready with vaccinations, licenses and microchips for these pets but they’d like to offer something more; it’s asking for donations of old pet sweaters and jackets. With more rains expected from El Niño, even pet rain coats are welcome!  

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“We know the homeless will be getting a number of services but we want to make sure their pets get some attention too,” said County Animal Services Director Dawn Danielson. “Dogs and cats can suffer in the cold and we want to give them sweaters and jackets so they can stay warm.”

The Project Homeless Connect event takes place Wednesday, Jan. 27 at Golden Hall. County Animal Services will accept donations of new and used pet sweaters and jackets at their three locations through Saturday, Jan. 23. Small and medium are the most requested sizes but any size is welcome. For more information, contact Animal Services at (619) 767-2675.  

Tracy DeFore is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact