Keep them Home for the Holidays: Karena and her Beloved Pets

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On Christmas Eve of last year, after losing her home, Karena was camped out at a Phoenix bus stop with all of her belongings and her pets. On permanent disability, she lives with a metal rod in her back and suffers PTSD from years in an abusive relationship. As if that isn’t enough, she also has cancer and is undergoing treatment.

Can you imagine what it would be like to face these circumstances?

With her fixed income of just $803 a month, Karena could no longer afford to cover rent and living expenses. She traveled to Phoenix with her 19-year-old son and pets to stay with her daughter. But, that did not work out for long as challenges arose between the animals in the home. Unwilling to give up her pets, Karena and her animals moved out.

Quote "Suddenly, Karena found herself not just without a home, but homeless."

With nowhere else to go, Karena began setting up camp with her pets in local parks and bus stops, rotating from one to the next while she tried to figure out what to do. Leaving her pets behind was not something Karena could bring herself to consider. With a long history of fostering and adopting animals back in her hometown of Winslow, Karena knows firsthand what it means to care for animals in need.

On Christmas Eve night last year, our team traveled to Karena to get her and her animals off of the street and into a warm shelter.

Thanks to the support of people like you, we were able to get Karena off the street that Christmas Eve night and into temporary housing. Your support meant that all six of her pets went safely to temporary boarding at one of our partner locations in order to give Karena the time she needed to figure out what to do next.

Pictured: A photo Karena took and sent to us recently of two of her pets, Fawn and Tiger Hawk

Thanks to YOU, there was still hope for this family. Fast forward to one year later, Karena and her animals will spend this Christmas in a warm bed instead of a cold bus stop thanks to YOU!