The are the forgotten and the
unseen. Dozens of homeless people living on the banks of the Mojave River
near Interstate 15 just outside of Apple Valley.
Mojave Desert Animal
Rescue, a local non-profit group, knows who these people are and they hike
into the riverbed twice a month, to provide free care for pets of the
homeless. Fox 11 joined the group as it forged across the river to
meet Velvet, a single woman with three dogs, whose been living there off and on
for nearly ten years.
It seems many of the homeless living there
have pets, mainly dogs, which provide protection, companionship and
warmth. Yes, their owners sleep with them in tattered tents or
beneath tarps to keep from freezing. Since these dogs are so important to
them, owners will find a way to make sure the pets have something to
eat, often before they do. That's why the animal rescue is there.
They bring the dog food, treats and care, so the homeless can concentrate on
feeding themselves. On many occasions, volunteers also bring people food
that has been donated, along with tents, sleeping bags, clothing and personal
care items, like lotion, toothpaste and soap.
The group is now
struggling to provide assistance after thieves broke into their storage
facility and stole all off their supplies. They desperately need your
help and it's only a mouse click away. You can go to www.AnimalResQ.org and donate
supplies or funds.
They could really use a new storage facility, since
the current location was wrecked by thieves. If you have a warehouse for
use or can help, they would appreciate a call.
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