What We Do

Neighborhood-run Animal Health Care

  • Free basic health care. Public housing residents coordinate this program by encouraging their neighbors to spay/neuter their pets. They give them a Basic Health Care Packet for free spay/neuter surgeries, vaccinations, and a public housing authority veterinary certificate. No family is ever subjected to a belittling qualification process.
  • Unwanted animals. When families find unwanted animals or can no longer keep their own pet, we bring them to our shelter partner for adoption. We also let the family know when the animal is adopted so they have some peace of mind. Community cats have decreased 80%-90% thanks to TNR organizations and public housing residents, managers, and maintenance workers.

Little Doctor Doo’s Youth Service Projects with Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

  • Youth service projects. We operate Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots program in public housing. The projects are in hands of people who live and work there. We believe like Jane that people, animals and the environment are all interconnected.

Education Pipeline

  • Veterinary school education pipeline. We encourage youth in their pursuit of veterinary and animal welfare professions by offering field trips and veterinary internships.
  • Job creation. Our partnership with the City and County of Denver Office of Economic Development has enabled teenage youths attain their first employment while helping out their own neighborhood at the same time.

Research & Knowledge Sharing

  • We believe that people in public housing and animal welfare have much to learn from one another. Our great hope is for better-informed practices by animal welfare agencies and scaled-up services at the community level.
Two little Sun Valley girls on their way to getting spayed.

Two little Sun Valley girls on their way to getting spayed.

Two Columbine neighborhood boys all set to trap the 29 cats living in the alley.

Roots & Shoots Youth Service Project in the Columbine neighborhood.

Bringing children to visit with Jane Goodall in 2004.

Children visiting with Jane Goodall.