On Friday, April 25, more than 80 volunteers and students from Kaplan College joined Animal Care Services staff as they canvassed the neighborhoods around City Hall.

Volunteers and staff went door to door, met with homeless shelters and their clients, as well as local businesses to drop off flyers (English and Spanish) and educate the public on responsible pet ownership and city ordinances; leash law and fencing; pet overpopulation and the importance of spay/neuter surgery; importance of rabies vaccinations; proper nutrition of pets.

ACS staff met with homeless people who owned pets and scheduled free spay/neuter surgery that will be paid for with the $30,000 Rachael Ray funds that Animal Care Services won last August 2013. Homeless pet owners were given bags of dog food, leashes, and educated on animal wellness. Kaplan students took vital signs and gave wellness advice to the homeless.