December 2011 – Tucson Woofs without Roofs Bracelet Fundraiser
In the spirit of giving, Beading Divas to the Rescue chose Woofs without Roofs as our December charity. This 501 (c)3 organization provides veterinarian care to the pets belonging to Tucson’s homeless population.
The inspiration for Woofs without Roofs came about as veterinarians see pets affected daily by financial constraints not allowing for basic health services, such as core vaccines and internal parasite prevention. Woofs without Roofs believes that the pets of Tucson’s homeless community have a right to basic health care, and this in turn will promote health and wellness of the entire Tucson pet (and pet owner) community.
Since their inception they have served about 100 dogs and cats.
Why should the homeless have pets?
This is a controversial question as many would argue that it is a “luxury,” not a “right” to own a pet. It is not Woofs Without Roofs’ position to judge who owns a pet, but rather provide for the population that currently exists. Woofs without Roofs believe that the benefit of the human-animal bond is so important and profound, and this bond should not be excluded to the homeless.
What services are provided?
Thorough examinations, core vaccinations for dogs and cats (Rabies, Distemper-Parvovirus, Feline Rhinotracheitis/Calicivirus/Panleukopenia, Bordetella), heartworm testing/prevention and intestinal parasite prevention. Also coordinates referrals to low-cost/no-cost spay/neuter and emergency services. Additionally, we provide donated dog & cat food, supplies, bowls, bedding, etc.
How does the word reach the homeless?
Word-of-mouth is the most reliable way to spread the news about wellness events in the homeless community. Services are also provided at biannual homeless and veteran events, such at the Homeless Connect and Operation Stand Down. These events are advertised at various shelters in Tucson.
Where can the homeless find Woofs without Roofs?
A clinic happens the second Sunday of every month from 10 to -11:30 am at the Z-Mansion. During this time the Z-Mansion also provides breakfast and lunch to the homeless.
The next 3 dates are:
Sunday – December 11, 2011
Sunday – January 8, 2012
Sunday – February 12, 2012
The Z-Mansion is located at 288 N. Church Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.
What can everyday people do to help Woofs without Roofs?
Donations of dog food, cat food, leashes, treats, collars, brushes, toys and bedding are all very helpful and go directly to those in need during our monthly clinics. Monetary donations go directly to the purchase of vaccines, heartworm tests and medications.
Woofs without Roofs is in its infancy but they are blown away and feel so thankful for the generosity of the Beading Divas, the volunteers, the Hill Family (owners of Z-Mansion), PAWS Veterinary Center, Jim Click, and the entire Tucson community.
You can buy bracelets at:
Silver Sea Jewelry – 330 N. 4th Avenue – (4th Avenue Shopping District) – 624-9954
Sissy’s Pet Grooming Salon – 7350 N. La Cholla (Albertsons Shopping Center @ Ina)
Another location will be added soon.