Nonprofits offer help to homeless pets on Thanksgiving

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Winter’s around the corner, and that it means it’s time to bundle up your pets.

“They still get cold, they can get frostbite and hypothermia just like humans. Just because they have more hair than us doesn’t mean anything,” said Vicki Gramm, founder of Coats 4 Canines.

Nonprofits like Coats 4 Canines and Street Petz make sure homeless animals are taken care of year round, from vaccines to dog and cat food and coats.

“It’s a community. I mean, people in need, need these things and we’re here to help them out,” said Evelyn Naber-Fitzpatrick, a volunteer veterinarian for Street Petz.

Even on holidays like Thanksgiving, they still show up near the Marian House.

“The animals are the only ones that really give them unconditional love, so while the rest of society is shunning them and not helping them, this is their bond. So, that’s why we feel they need that, give them their time to eat and then make sure that the dogs are taken care of too,” Naber-Fitzpatrick said.

Coats 4 Canines typically sees between 15 to 25 dogs a week. Street Petz normally gives out 300 to 400 pounds of food a week.

Now, it’s a family tradition for some.

“We’ve been doing this for four years. We do the Turkey Trot in the morning, come out here, do this for a couple hours, and then head up to family up in Denver,” Naber-Fitzpatrick said.

The nonprofits are out every Thursday starting at noon. You can find them next to the park outside the Marian House on Bijou Street.

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