Homeless Pet Clubs
Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC) is an adjunct organization of The Homeless Pets Foundation (HPF), which was created in 1998 by Dr. Michael Good, an Atlanta, Georgia veterinarian, to save homeless pets. Dr. Good founded the 501 (c) (3) nonprofits to help animal shelters adopt-out more pets. Dr. Good wants to help these animals find loving, forever homes. His mantra, "We want to save them all!"
HPF provides critical medical care, food, foster care, and comfort to homeless animals. The organization also maintains a network of communication between volunteers, shelters, advocates, and potential adoptees, leveraging volunteer enthusiasm and technology to save lives. Since late in 2002, HPF and HPC have placed nearly 10,000 animals in loving homes.
How it Started
In 2010, HPF created Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC), to give students, civic leaders, and business owners the opportunity to share their love of animals by promoting animal rescue, responsible pet ownership, adoption of shelter animals, and animal welfare.
"We want children to learn to be kind to living things; be kind to animals and be kind to each other," says Dr. Michael Good, who founded both organizations.
Response to the school, businesses, and civic clubs has been overwhelming, with each club choosing pets to "sponsor" and promote for adoption. In just one Georgia county alone, more than 50 school clubs were established in three months' time, and their support helped find loving, forever homes for more than 200 animals. Teachers lead the charge for the school clubs, and report benefits to students including:
increased enthusiasm for learning
improved social skills
heightened sense of achievement
expanded awareness of networking for good
increased creativity and cooperation
It's fun, FREE, and effective!
HPC gives animal lovers from diverse backgrounds a way to leverage different strengths to save the greatest number of at-risk animals. Schools, businesses, and civic clubs share their love of animals by participating in:
telling the story of their sponsored pets via facebook, emails, and posters
volunteering at adoption events
raising funds to support their local shelter and club
Working together, school, business, and civic clubs build on their love of animals and ultimately foster a love of community that transcends social status.
How Homeless Pet Clubs started
Victoria Stilwell helps promote our Homeless Pet Clubs!