A veterinarian whose nonprofit Project Street Vet provides medical care to the pets of homeless people, Kwane Stewart had been working in a Northern California county shelter when one morning, getting coffee at a 7-11, he stopped to examine a homeless man’s dog. Soon after treating the dog for a serious skin condition, Stewart began to set up small drop-in clinics to care for pets whose owners couldn’t afford it. Genesis Rendon, who had worked as a veterinary nurse for nearly two decades before she teamed up with Stewart in 2016, is often by Stewart’s side in homeless camps and on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. He’s building a network of trusted volunteers, and the organization has expanded to other cities including Orlando and Atlanta. They can treat about 80% of the cases they see out of a small portable kit with antibiotics, vaccines, and anti-inflammatories as well as deworming and flea and tick medications. They also help connect animals in need to clinic services.

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