Volunteer Martha Ciattei and Jeff Boverman, Kriddr’s founder help pets in need at COA
People in Need Often Have Pets in Need
The team at Kriddr knows individuals who are homeless or in need, often have pets in need as well. If one thinks about it, there is bound to be a very strong relationship between homeless persons and homeless pets. Even once wholly committed pet owners can end up surrendering their pet to a local ASPCA or pet rescue organization. In times of extreme financial and survival distress, once well-cared-for-pets can end up on the streets as strays. Getting a handle on the actual numbers of pets who become strays is problematic since, to date, no governmental institution or national animal organization is tasked with the job of providing statistics that pertain to animal homelessness and protection nationwide. According to current estimates provided by the ASPCA, approximately 7.6 million dogs and cats enter animal shelters every year and “about twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.”
COA Outreach for Animals
Kriddr is committed to playing a role in making sure pets in need get the food and support they require and remain in the care of their owners. For this reason, we have partnered with COA, a nonprofit, nondenominational organization that’s been providing food, shelter and other vital necessities to those in need for more than three decades. Although COA, Christian Outreach in Action, is largely known for the important work they do to help feed struggling families and individuals, this Long Beach-based organization also helps animals in need through their COA for Animals program.
Each week, our founder, Jeff Boverman, goes to COA to provide the organization with cat food which is then distributed to cat owners who are reliant upon this vital assistance. The COA also provides food for dogs, birds and rabbits during their local Food Bank which takes place from 9am to 12pm every Thursday.
Thousands Get Help through COA
Every year COA provides more than 132,000 meals to the homeless and those in need. The local organization also provides groceries on a bi-weekly basis to many struggling families as well as clothing and furniture, upon availability.
During the holidays, COA provides Thanksgiving and Christmas meals for more than 350 people. 75 to 95 families will receive Christmas or Thanksgiving baskets with either a turkey or ham and all of the trimmings. In 2015, more than 2,000 children received a substantial toy at the annual COA Christmas Party.
If you are interested in showing your support for COA’s Animal Services program or their regular community outreach program, connect with them here.