Walking the beat with Los Angeles’ Street Vet

Life on the streets can be extremely difficult for America’s homeless. Many are unsure where they will sleep tonight or their next meal. Some are mentally ill, others victims of dire circumstance. In many cases, a pet is a homeless person’s only solace.

According to a 2015 report in the journal, Child Psychiatry & Human Development, as many as 25 percent of the unhoused are pet owners. Though they deeply love their furry companions, veterinary care is outside the financial reach of most homeless people, so their pets go without. There are, however, saviors on the streets providing veterinary services to the homeless at no cost. One of the best known is Kwane Stewart, DVM, aka the “Street Vet.”

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Photo credit: Dr. Kwane The Street Vet