Help for Pets of the Homeless

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EUGENE, Ore. — Dozens of homeless pets are healthier today after receiving free vet services from a local non-profit.

The organization is called Pro-Bone-O.

Today it helped treat around 50 pets whose owners are homeless living in Lane County. Those owners say this resource has been a life saver because they wouldn’t be able to afford care otherwise.

Meet Kasha. She’s half husky, half blue heeler. To her owner Greeta Schnurer, 100 percent cuteness.

“She’s like my best friend. She makes me smile everyday,” said Schnurer.

But lately, Kasha’s had a limp in her step, which brought them to the Pro-Bone-O clinic in Eugene Sunday.

“It gets better. It gets worse but it hasn’t gotten all the way better in a while,” said Schnurer.

Just a few feet away is Roxy.

“She’s my fur baby,” said her owner, Patti Coder.

Roxy’s being treated for a condition her owner says has been bothering her for about a week.

“My dog has problems with her skin so we went in and they gave me medication for her,” said Coder.

Both women say these dogs are their best friends and taking care of them is important but times are tough.

“I just don’t have the financial resources to take care of it right now. My priority has to be for myself and my son. She’s so totally worthy of getting help,” said Schnurer.

“For me not having a lot of money, it’s very hard to find pet care. It’s so expensive,” said Coder.

So, when an organization like Pro-Bone-O comes along to lend a hand, those in need are thankful.

“I think it’s amazing. It’s amazing. Obviously it’s a big need in the community and I’m so glad they’re here to fill it. I wish more communities had services like that,” said Schnurer.

“We’ve been doing this since 1998 and I’ve been involved since about then. It just never ceases to warm my heart,” said Jeannie Peterson, Pro-Bone-O president.

“I’ve been looking for help for her for a while now and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere else. It’s truly a gift,” said Schnurer.

The clinics are on the second and fourth Sundays of every month except in November and December. They are on Highway 99 in Eugene near St. Vincent de Paul. Volunteers also provide free food and supplies.

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  1. Robert Jacobs says:

    That Veterinary clinic is the best! The have been stepping up for the homeless and their pets for quite a while now! Bravo!

    To bad the mayor, the city and the county don’t follow suit!

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