Stepping Up: One Woman’s Mission to Feed Homeless Animals

If something needs to change, it’s up to you to change it. That’s the way Colleen Jousma sees things. Instead of waiting around for things to get better, Colleen stands up and gets to work.

“When I see a need in my community, I don’t try to find someone who can fix it,” she explained. “I bring solutions to the table and make sure a solution is found.”

Combine her drive to make the world a better place with her love for animals and Colleen was destined to begin volunteering. For the upcoming PrideStrong Weeklong, Colleen is looking for other people in the Los Angeles area to help feed and care for animals in need.

“I am organizing a pet food and supply drive for Saturday, January 14,“ she said. “Pets of the Homeless provides help for medical bills and also food for pets of homeless individuals. The supplies that I am collecting will go to area animal welfare/rescue groups.”

During the PrideStrong Weeklong, Colleen will be doing a pet food and supply drive for Feeding Pets of the Homeless and is reaching out to Pride members in the L.A. area to participate. However, she also realizes that the commute across L.A. can be daunting for some so, using her years of expertise, she’s created a how-to guide so people can run their own food drives closer to home.

Not only are food drives simple to run and incredible effective, they help fill a need in every community, Colleen explained.

“Food pantries receive some pet food through the year, but the amount is small in comparison to the needs that families and individuals have,” she explains. “Financial emergencies can happen to anyone. Having a food pantry nearby that has pet food will easy anxieties for the family and fill the belly of a pet in need.”

In a previous food drive, Colleen collected over 65 pounds of food, pet supplies, and monetary donations. And you can do the same. Just follow Colleen’s motto: “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.”

by Emily Smudde

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