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HARP Helps Homeless Pets

September 29, 2016

092916_image1As a pet lover, I am always interested in learning about different organizations around the Silicon Valley which provide community support for our homeless pets. Within east Contra Costa County, there is one such organization making a big difference in the lives of pets, and people too. The Homeless Animals Rescue Program, or HARP, is dedicated to helping homeless and abandoned pets find new forever homes.

HARP’s mission is to help end pet homelessness through a variety of programs centered around education, spay and neutering, and adoptions. There are enough cats and dogs waiting to be adopted in Contra Costa County that HARP holds weekly adoption events Fridays through Sundays at PetSmart and Pet Food Express in Antioch. You can even get a sneak peek at the available adoptees through HARP’s own link to Petfinder . The pets ready for adoption have been fostered through HARP’s foster care program, during which time the animals are evaluated, spayed or neutered, provided all needed shots, and micro chipped.

This all-volunteer organization is always in need of help from the community, and has a variety of different ways you can help. Beyond fostering pets, HARP participates in many East Bay events to provide educational materials and promote awareness of pet homelessness, and they also hold their own fund raising events such as holiday photos with Santa in December. There are also several ways for people to donate to HARP, from cash donations to pet food and supplies, vehicle donations and more, every dollar raised helps the homeless pets of East Contra Costa County.

092916_image2One of HARP’s special focuses is on mutts. These dogs are very popular, but there are a lot of them that still need homes. Through the Pet Food Express program, My Mutt, you can help support the efforts of HARP with a donation, and show off your best friend on the Pet Food Express Mutt Photo Wall with a professional photo which is put on display. As a community organization, HARP’s website is also a great place to find other pet resources. From other pet adoption organizations, animal welfare and rights groups, and county or city services, you can easily access additional information.

HARP understands the importance of working together to help end pet homelessness. It takes a village to raise a family, and it also takes a village to care for our pets. Working together is also one of my goals for my clients. When you are ready to sell your home, my team and I are ready to help you through the entire process. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at

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