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Author: Jon M. Geller
The Homeless and Their Pets

There are 580,000 homeless individuals in the US as indicated by an annual count done in 2020, 1 but other estimates put the number much higher. 2 According to general observations and intermittent counts, approximately 10% of people experiencing homelessness have pets. 3,4 Based on this estimate, 58,000 to 140,000 pets likely exist in the US that belong to owners who have no funds for veterinary care. The exact number is hard to ascertain because pet owners constitute a hidden subpopulation of those experiencing homelessness, oftentimes due to concerns about

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in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association