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.