ANIMAL WELFARE PROGRAM
NEVER LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND
Recognizing that the human-animal bond is valuable and worth preserving through times of homelessness, GRACE has become the first "animal-inclusive" low-barrier homeless shelter in the region. We accommodate guests with service animals, emotional support animals, and companion animals. The Co-Sheltering & Animal Welfare Program (CSAW) compliments regular shelter services at GRACE by providing animal accommodations for people entering emergency shelter or visiting campus. In addition to overnight and day-use kenneling, a food and supply bank is meant to meet many basic and immediate needs of our guests. The Animal Welfare Coordinator (AWC) coordinates all animal services, provides oversight of animal welfare, and ensures the health and safety of staff, guests, and visitors. The AWC also offers outreach and education, including counseling on topics such as nutrition, behavior, and responsible ownership. The AWC is one of your first stops when arriving at GRACE with an animal and is available to assist guests and staff with all animal-related matters.
A monthly on-site veterinary outreach clinic is provided by St. Francis Pet Care to provide basic veterinary care including examinations, vaccinations, deworming, microchipping, preventative medication, and more. The Humane Society of North Central Florida provides similar services off-site, including some emergency or specialty veterinary care. Both organizations provide spay/neuter services.