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Emergency pet care program to help pets of homeless individuals


When someone is evicted from their home, they are faced with tough decisions — where do I go? Where do I sleep? And if they have a pet, what do they do with them? 

Because many homeless shelters do not allow animals, pet owners who are homeless or face homelessness would rather sleep outside or in their cars rather than lose their pets to an animal shelter. 

Romy Maimon, 52, of Dennis, who works in Hyannis at the Housing Assistance Corporation, came up with the Emergency Pet Care Program, a project that would provide a network of care for the pets of people in the shelter system or facing homelessness.

Maimon said the HAC does so much to help the homeless, but the care of their pets has not been addressed  Many of the agency’s clients who have pets must make quick decisions about their living situations. 

Romy Maimon, of Dennis, with her dog, Cora. Maimon has started an emergency pet care program for people faced with homelessness on the Cape. [Merrily Cassidy/Cape Cod Times]

“Unfortunately, here on the Cape there are no alternatives for them to be able to know that their pets are being taken care of while they’re in a transitional home or a shelter,” Maimon said. 

There are 336 homeless people on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, according to the Cape and Islands Regional Network on Homelessness, and many of them choose to stay in terrible situations so they don’t have to abandon their pets, Maimon said.


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