Stories of Hope
Lost Our Home has impacted the lives of thousands of pets and people. Our programs are unique and address the many difficulties people face when they need help for themselves and their pets. For those in crisis situations, knowing that they have a support system in Lost Our Home that they can trust, is invaluable. The people who have experienced first-hand Lost Our Home’s incredible response can best attest to our mission! Below are just a few of the many stories of hope we are proud to share.
Lost Our Home is making a difference for victims of domestic violence and hunger in Phoenix – just ask Prisilia.
Prisilia’s now ex-husband refused her vet care or even food for her beloved St. Bernard, Henri. Henri often went days without food and was plagued severely by fleas. The dog lost a third of his weight and scratched away much of his fur. Eventually, Prisilia was able to sneak Henri to the veterinarian, but she could not tell him the truth of their story. Her husband had convinced her that if she told the truth to anyone, she would be charged with animal abuse and CPS would take her son.
Though the veterinarian prescribed Henri medicine that cost just $20 per month, Prisilia couldn’t buy it and she knew her husband wouldn’t. Henri continued to suffer. Prisilia finally escaped her abuser, fleeing with her son to the Sojourner Center. Henri joined Lost Our Home’s partnership program for Temporary Care, the Sojourner Pet Companion Shelter. There he received medication, grew out a healthy coat and gained weight. Today, Prisilia and Henri are back on their feet again and no one can keep them from a bright future. Prisilia’s making sure of that—she got her first job ever, working for the Rescue at the Sojourner Pet Companion Shelter and helping others heal.
In situations like these, Lost Our Home can bring families comfort and peace of mind – just ask Glenn.
Glenn was a homeless veteran with an aging mother who had recently suffered a stroke. The only medical-rehab housing centers where he and his mother could stay together would not allow their beloved 11-year-old Yorkie, Lil Bit, to stay with them. Glenn would rather sleep on the street than give up his dog, but his mother would not enter the rehab center knowing her son had no place to stay. Glenn was overwhelmed and losing hope. That’s when we stepped in.
Through our Temporary Care Program, we helped Lil Bit enter a foster home. Glenn and his mother went to a medical-rehab housing center where she could heal and he could work on finding more permanent housing for all of them.
Ultimately Glenn decided it was best that Lil Bit find a new home —and we helped there too. Glenn was relieved. He could focus on helping his mom, and himself, without guilt or worry. He knew that Lil Bit would be well-cared-for, safe, and loved for her lifetime.