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Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE Launches New Initiative to Provide Pet Services at Courtyard Homeless Resource Center

Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE Launches New Initiative to Provide Pet Services at Courtyard Homeless Resource Center 

Community invited to Contribute to Services for Pets of those Experiencing Homelessness,
including Essential Supplies, Veterinary and Grooming Services

(Las Vegas, Nev. – May 22, 2024) ---The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE (Mayor’s Fund), a vehicle for companies and individuals in the private sector to support key city initiatives that improve the quality of life for all Las Vegans, is launching a new initiative to raise funds for the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center’s essential pet-related services including kennels, grooming, veterinary services and more.

“For many of those experiencing homelessness, their pets are lifelines for survival – their only family,” said Sallie Doebler, CEO and President of the Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE. “Yet most homeless shelters do not allow animal companions, forcing homeless individuals to choose between seeking services without their trusted companions or staying on the street with limited access to shelter and other services. By recognizing the human-animal bond and making clean, safe and friendly accommodations for animal companions, we are able to help  individuals experiencing homelessness better navigate their circumstances while also providing essential services to their pets. Homeless people face so many barriers; they shouldn’t have to choose between their beloved pet and getting resources. “

In 2017, the City of Las Vegas created the low-barrier Courtyard Homeless Resource Center. With support from the Mayor’s Fund, the Courtyard became a 24/7-access starting point where homeless individuals can connect with resources in one place, including housing, medical/mental health services, legal assistance, employment opportunities, income/benefits assistance, food, clothing, and other wraparound services. The Courtyard also provides short-term shelter, showers, and laundry services.

While the Courtyard has welcomed animal-companions from its inception, a phase two development plan completed in 2023 included additional kennels; giant fans to keep the pet area cooler in the summer and a dog run with artificial turf. Food, litter, fresh water, bedding, and toys are provided. Last year, the Mayor’s Fund provided an outdoor heater for pets.

Pet owners are required to walk their pets, clean the cages and make sure their pets are fed and watered. While the majority of pets are dogs and cats, the Courtyard has also welcomed such companions as tortoises, guinea pigs, birds, and others.

In 2023, the Courtyard Homeless Resource Center served almost 17,000 individuals with unique services. Of those guests, 137 were in need of care and shelter for their pets. The annual budget to operate the Courtyard is $7.2 million. A three-year pet facilities upgrade with capacity for 45 animals has an anticipated budget in excess of $150,000. To learn more about how the Mayor’s Fund - with assistance from businesses, nonprofits, and individuals - supports the Courtyard, visit MayorsFundLV.org.

About The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE:

The Mayor’s Fund for Las Vegas LIFE was established in 2017 as a vehicle for corporate and philanthropic partners to support innovative programs that improve quality of life for all Las Vegas residents with a special focus on vulnerable populations. The Fund creates opportunities for public-private partnerships as well as donations of cash, time and in-kind goods and services.  Guided by a diverse group of community leaders, The Fund targets specific community needs with a goal of making Las Vegas a national leader in four areas:  Livability, Innovation, Future and Education. The Nevada Community Foundation, a public charity under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, serves as The Mayor’s Fund fiscal agent, receiving all private donations.  Donations to the Nevada Community Foundation for The Mayor’s Fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. For information, visit MayorsFundLV.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Melissa Warren, The Warren Group

702-528-6016; [email protected]