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It's hard to keep your pet safe and healthy while unhoused. Arizona Pet Project aims to help

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Arizona Pet Project
Arizona Pet Project provides support keeping pets safe and healthy.

Pets can be expensive, but they’re also a source of tremendous support and comfort for many people, including those who are unhoused and low income.

Leanna Taylor, CEO of the Arizona Pet Project, says her organization has seen a rise in requests for help.

"And it's really driven by our cost of living, increasing across all aspects of life, but most particularly because of housing," Taylor said.

The other thing they’re seeing is the uptick in evictions.

"And 70% of households have animals. So 70% of our people being evicted have pets in the home as well. And our community, our supportive services, are not built in designed for humans and animals in those times of crisis," Taylor said.

That can include emergency shelters.

Taylor says they are able to provide temporary boarding so people can access housing for a short period or medical care.

KJZZ senior field correspondent Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.
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