Paw It Forward: Donate Coats, Sweaters for Pets of the Homeless

Get an extra pet sweater or coat, or donate an old one to County Animal Services’ “Paw It Forward” campaign. These “creature comforts” will go to pets of people experiencing homelessness.

The new and gently used pet coats and sweaters will be given out at Project Homeless Connect, an annual event that offers a wide array of services to the local homeless population. They bring along dozens of dogs, and even some cats. So County Animal Services joins the event and offers some free services for the animals.

“We give the animals brief check-ups, vaccinations, licenses and microchips but we’d also like to make sure these pets stay warm on cold, winter nights,” said Veterinarian Dr. Cassie Hamilton, D.V.M. “The owners often take better care of their pets than they do themselves so they’re extremely grateful for  cozy sweaters or coats for their furry companions.”

The Project Homeless Connect event takes place on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at Golden Hall. The County’s three shelters will accept the donations from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday until Sunday, Jan. 28. All sizes are needed, especially medium, large and extra-large but any size is welcome.

For additional information about the “Paw It Forward” campaign, call County Animal Services at (619) 767-2675.


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