Angel Hanz keeps LA’s homeless animals healthy for free – NBC Los Angeles
What there is to know
- These gatherings are held on the last Sunday of each month at North Hollywood Park along Magnolia Avenue.
- They offer veterinary exams and vaccinations, pet food, pet accessories like collars and leashes, grooming services, lunch for everyone who comes along as well as haircuts.
- Angel Hanz for the Homeless keeps Angelenos’ non-residential pets healthy and cared for, free of charge.
When Karen Hamza found herself homeless several years ago, she had a companion to keep her company: her dog, Tippy.
Going through this traumatic experience while caring for her dog, she made a promise she has kept in the past 13 years since the nonprofit was founded. Angel Hanz for the Homeless: to keep the pets of Angelenos who are not housed free of charge and in good health.
“I know what animals need…I know what homeless people need…And I bring it all to the table,” Hamza said at his March 27 monthly rally.
These gatherings are held on the last Sunday of every month at North Hollywood Park along Magnolia Avenue. They offer veterinary exams and vaccinations, pet food, pet accessories like collars and leashes, grooming services, lunch for everyone who comes along as well as haircuts.
After getting back on her feet, Hamza knows the value of relationships between other pet owners, especially in difficult times.
And she is thanked every moment by people like Max Schnieder.
Since being hit by a car, Schnieder has been unable to work for three years and is still battling a disability to find permanent housing.
His German Shepherd is also not in very good health.
“He needs so much work and I can’t afford a regular vet,” he said.
So he comes to Angel Hanz’s monthly clinic for a check-up. There, his best furry friend can get the care he needs without the huge tab.
Hamza says if someone can’t afford food, medical care or a groom, “we’ll do it for you until you get back on your feet.”
And she says she’s in it for the long haul.
“We give a helping hand, not a handout,” Hamza said.
She says this work is worth it because animals have no voice.
“I do what God would have me do…Being of service is the most exceptional thing you can do for someone,” Hamza said.
His organization runs strictly on volunteers and donations. If you want to help, Click here for more information.