What We Do

Neighborhood-run Animal Health Care

  • Free basic health care. Public housing residents run this program. They encourage their neighbors to spay/neuter their pets then help them get started. No family ever sees a vet bill or is ever subjected to a belittling qualification process.
  • Unwanted animals. When public housing families and employees come across unwanted and abandoned animals, we bring them to our shelter partner. Thanks to public housing residents, managers, and maintenance workers, and cat organizations, community cats in public housing have decreased 90%-95%. The remaining cats are well-loved, fed, and looked out after by community members.
Rita Jaramillo urging neighbors to spay/neuter their animals.
Two little Sun Valley girls on their way to getting spayed.

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Youth Service Projects

  • We believe like Jane that¬†people, animals and the environment are all interconnected.¬†Roots & Shoots empowers and encourages youth pursue their passion, mobilize peers, and become the leaders our world needs in order to ensure a better future for people, animals, and the environment.
Kennell, Hawra, Asawer, and Ali visiting with Jane Goodall in about 2004.
Kennell leading neighborhood boys in a Roots & Shoots Project.
Sun Valley youths rescuing a sick kitten in one of our Roots & Shoots youth projects.

Education Pipeline

  • We encourage and support children to pursue veterinary and animal welfare professions through field trips to vet clinics and veterinary internships.
  • Our partnership with the City and County of Denver Office of Economic Development has enabled teenage youths attain their first employment while helping animals and their own neighborhood at the same time.
Yaminah and friend at Colorado State University with (now) Dr. Linda Nguyen.
Anuka’s children observing in the surgery suite.

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 more resources and services at the community level.
Kennell and Ali receiving award from Denver Animal Control for making a difference in their neighborhood.