Skid Row - Veterinary Social Work

Skid Row - Veterinary Social Work

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The National Museum of Animals & Society is dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of our shared experience. To this end, NMAS promotes respect for life and compassionate ethics in advancing healthy, meaningful interconnections with the animal world.

Skid Row--A Case Example of High Density Interspecies Homelessness by Christine Kim, MSW National Museum of Animals & Society

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“For dogs, living on the street with a devoted human companion can entail little or no deprivation at all. Houses are a human construct, not a canine one.” - Glenn Greenwald

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Brigitte + Nubeian

Relationship Themes • Lifesaver / Redeemer • Child / Family • Motivation to keep living • Life purpose

• Health • “My Dog Eats First” • Therapeutic value • Shelter / Housing •documentation

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Where and What is Skid Row?

Where and What is Skid Row?

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Where and What is Skid Row?

The Service Fair HoPe Veterinary Center

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The Service Fair PAWS/LA

The Service Fair Cause 4 Paws

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The Service Fair Bark Avenue Foundation

The Service Fair Survey Tables

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Survey Data & Themes

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What is Your Current Living Situation?

How Long HAve You Been in Your Current Living Situation?

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How Long HAve You Been in Your Current Living Situation? - Housed

How Long HAve You Been in Your Current Living Situation? - Homeless

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How Long HAve You Had Your Animal(s)?

How Long HAve You Been in Your Current Living Situation?

How Long HAve You Had Your Animal(s)? - Housed

How Long HAve You Been in Your Current Living Situation? - Housed

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How Long HAve You Had Your Animal(s)? - Homeless

How Long HAve You Been in Your Current Living Situation? - Homeless

How Did You Obtain Your Animal(s)? ●









Someone gave it to me / give away ○ 24 responses ○ 44% rescue / found / adoption ○ 16 responses ○ 30% purchased ○ 7 responses ○ 13% from an acquaintance's litter ○ 5 responses ○ 9% inherited ○ 2 responses ○ 4%

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How Did You Obtain Your Animal(s)? - Housed Someone gave it to me / give away (birthday, gift) 22 responses 48% rescue / found / adoption (stray, shelter, adoption agency) 14 responses 30% purchased (on street, craigslist, from a friend) 4 responses 9% from an acquaintance's litter 4 responses 9% inherited (jail, passed away) 2 responses 4%

How Did You Obtain Your Animal(s)? - Homeless ●









Someone gave it to me / give away (birthday, gift) ○ 2 responses ○ 25% rescue / found / adoption (stray, shelter, adoption agency) ○ 2 responses ○ 25% purchased (on street, craigslist, from a friend) ○ 3 responses ○ 37.5% from an acquaintance's litter ○ 1 response ○ 12.5% inherited (jail, passed away) ○ 0 responses ○ 0%

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What is Your Source of Income?

What is Your Source of Income? - Housed

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What is Your Source of Income? - Homeless

What Kind of Companion Animal Are You Bringing With You Today? All Responses

Housed

Homeless

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Are Any of Your Animals Considered Service Animals?

Are Any of Your Animals Considered Service Animals? - Housed

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Are Any of Your Animals Considered Service Animals? - Homeless

Have You Ever Been Denied Services Because of Your Animal?

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Have You Ever Been Denied Services Because of Your Animal? - Housed

If Yes, Describe What Services You Were Denied. - Housed

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Have You Ever Been Denied Services Because of Your Animal? - Homeless

If Yes, Describe What Services You Were Denied. - Homeless

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Have You Ever Stopped Yourself From Trying to Access Services Because of Your Animal(s)?

Have You Ever Stopped Yourself From Trying to Access Services Because of Your Animal(s)? - Housed

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If Yes, Please Elaborate on Why You Did Not Attempt to Access Services Because of your Animal. - Housed “Like moving to a new place.” “Grocery shopping.” “I leave her at home if I have to. I wonder sometimes if it will be hard to have her with me. I never bring her to mental health or medical clinics/appointments with me.” “I don't go into grocery stores or restaurants.” “Transportation.” “I don't think they'll take him in restaurants and stores.” “I wanted to move but couldn't because they didn't allow animals.” “I didn't get meals. I don't want the stress of being denied again.”

Have You Ever Stopped Yourself From Trying to Access Services Because of Your Animal(s)? - Homeless

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If Yes, Please Elaborate on Why You Did Not Attempt to Access Services Because of your Animal. - Homeless “If they won’t let me bring her, I won’t go.” “I knew they wouldn’t let me in.” “I know they are not going to let me in.”

What Changes or New Services Do You Think There Should Be To Help Homeless Human-Animal Families? - Housed Change in housing rules (allow animals, no restriction on size and weight) Providing poop bags and a small dog fountain None Free animal care services (veterinary, grooming, food) Bus accessibility Dog park Accessibility to grocery stores

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What Changes or New Services Do You Think There Should Be To Help Homeless Human-Animal Families? - Homeless None Open minded / no judgement Housing and shelter Education on pit bulls Accessibility Dog food Dog park

Needs of the Field • Quantitative research • Funding for non-veterinary care • Education and awareness •Infrastructure (standard operating procedures, legal paperwork/waivers, accountability, etc.)

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Thank You [email protected] mydogismyhome.com

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