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wmfd.com - Walking the gritty streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row 20 years ago, Lori Weise met homeless people who loved their pets, but often lacked the resources to keep them healthy.

   
 
 
Woman Helps Homeless People With Their Pets

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  Walking the gritty streets of Los Angeles' Skid Row 20 years ago, Lori Weise met homeless people who loved their pets, but often lacked the resources to keep them healthy.
  So she stepped up, and started "Downtown Dog Rescue," to help animal owners in underserved communities of Los Angeles care for their animals.
  Lori Weise is this week's CNN Hero.
  Twenty years ago, Lori Weise was working at a furniture factory near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. She saw hundreds of people living on the streets.
  Then she began noticing something else: Many of them had pets.
  Weise and a co-worker started befriending the animal owners and asking how they could help. Time and again, Weise heard the same story: The dog was their best friend, a part of their family.
  But without the means to care for their animals, many were forced to give them up.
  "Such a simple thing as a dog license could keep that pet with that person," said Weise, adding that she often met people who would feed their dog bfore themselves.
  Today, Weise runs Downtown Dog Rescue, a nonprofit that provides resources to help low-income families keep and care for their pets.
  The organization offers free services such as spay/neuter and vaccines as well as basic pet supplies. It also operates a kennel where dogs can receive temporary or long-term care.
  Each year, the group helps around 2,000 animals stay with their owners and out of shelters.
  Weise's organization tries to reach families before they have to surrender their pets. 
Weise's organization tries to reach families before they have to surrender their pets.
  "We want to help people manage their lives and their animals more compassionately," Weise said.

   
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