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Count Us In – All Youth Count!

Count Us InWe want to end homelessness in King County and you can help.

This Thursday, January 22, Seattle Public Library is asking youth and young adults ages 12-25 to participate in a survey about housing.  It’s quick and easy, and your participation helps provide resources to get young people off the streets and into stable housing.

To find out more (and/or fill out a survey), visit these libraries:

  • Ballard Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Columbia Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Central Library (downtown Seattle), 10 am – 8 pm
  • Douglass-Truth Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Greenwood Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • International District Chinatown
  • Lake City Library, 4 – 8 pm
  • Rainier Beach Library
  • University Branch Library, 4 – 6 pm

The Doney Clinic – vet service and more for pets of the homeless

Walk into the Doney Clinic at 3:00 and you’ll be met with the sight of people rushing from a white van packed to the brim with veterinary supplies to the inside of a well-worn building located in downtown Seattle.  Outside, a line of the homeless with their pets: dogs, cats, ferrets, parrots, etc. stand against the side of the wall, talking cheerfully to their neighbors. “Okay,  Number One,“ a woman calls from the doorway.  The first person in line dutifully comes inside, leading their mixed breed dog by his red leash.

The Doney Clinic is a volunteer-run veterinary clinic founded by Dr. Bud Doney in 1985.  It is dedicated to delivering veterinary service to the pets of the homeless, along with food, leashes, carriers, toys, etc.  In order to be seen at the clinic, you must have proof of an income of less than $750 a month, a residency in Seattle, and must be willing to neuter or spay your pet. Neutering and spaying services provided.

The Doney Clinic is located in the Union Gospel Mission, at 318 2nd Ave Ext S, Seattle WA, 98104. It is open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month.

Rabies, Feline Distemper, Canine Distemper and Feline Leukemia vaccines are provided, along with de-wormers, thyroid medication and other such medicines. Gauze and antiseptic are available for more pressing injuries. Vials for blood and skin tests are on the right side of the picture. Flea medicine is extremely expensive for the providers of the clinic, so it costs $5.  Many animals receive shots at the Doney Clinic.

Many qualified, dedicated veterinarians volunteer at the Doney Clinic every other Saturday. They will see the pets at three metal tables set up in front of the vaccines.  They check the basic health of the animal, as well as any injuries, and administer vaccines.  If they find anything of concern, skin and/or blood tests are taken, and results of the tests come back on a following Saturday.  All results are recorded into the notebook for all test documentation.

There are also several pets that are regulars, and come in almost every Saturday the clinic is open. All pets, old and young, are cared for, thanks to the many volunteers and veterinarians.  Their doors remain open because of donations and a volunteer crew many of whom have volunteered for over 28 years. You can look the clinic up at www.doneyclinic.org.

Thanks to Paula Shifley, Carol Dougherty, and the other wonderful volunteers.

*It should be noted that while many of these pets in the photos are kittens and puppies, the majority are much older. These are just the pictures that I took that day.

 –Emma, Northeast, Teen Adviser




Editor’s Note:  Doney Clinic volunteers were just mentioned in Seattle Times!

Cracking the Hub: Stargazing Dog, Bomb & Daredevil

I finished The Hub Challenge just before the deadline!
 The 22nd book I read was, Stargazing Dog by Takashi Murakami.
Stargazing Dog made it onto the Great Graphic Novels for Teens this year.  It is the story of a dog who is adopted by a young girl, and the changes he sees his family go through over the years.  His “daddy” – the one who takes him for walks and talks to him – goes through a crisis which leads to a long road trip to Northern Japan on dwindling resources.
Even weeks after finishing the book I’m still thinking over how the themes of friendship, death, poverty, homelessness, family, and loyalty were seamlessly woven into this short graphic novel: this thought-provoking story portrays a side of homelessness from the point of view of a loyal pet, and those who read it will likely find themselves more empathetic to the situations of all members of the community.  Also, if you’re following local events, it’s interesting to first read this story set in a different country and then read local news reports about homelessness in the Seattle Community. Continue reading

Theatre Review: Polaroid Stories

            Homeless individuals are a constant fixture on the streets of any major city. These people go to urban areas in the hopes of collecting money from some of the wealthier inhabitants of the city. However, most of the homeless people seen are usually adults. Teenagers are rarely seen on bustling city streets, begging for money and food. This does not mean that they don’t exist.

            Polaroid Stories, the Balagan Theatre’s newest play, weaves through the stories and interactions of a variety of homeless teenagers and examines their struggle to survive. My expectations were uncertain before seeing this show, for I had little knowledge and understanding of the mindset of this type of teen. The cozy basement theatre was an ideal setting, leaving the actors to get up close and personal with the audience. A simple set was provided in the background: a chain link fence littered with photographs and writings as symbols of hope, as well as a blank wall which would soon make its purpose become known.

            The lights dim until all that can be seen is a girl who says nothing. She simply holds out a remote and starts a slideshow projecting onto the blank wall. This occurs periodically throughout the show, depicting the homeless teens and their actions in a creative and revealing manner. I watched with curiosity as the slideshow ended and the teens appeared. Sometimes there would be a large group of them, arguing about their dreams to grow up to own the world. Sometimes there would be two of them, trying to maintain a faithful relationship in a life of distrust. Sometimes there would be only one, telling their story of how they came to be homeless in the first place.

Nearly all of the scenes dealt with anger, wishes, and forgetfulness. Shouting was common, especially at the companions who served as reminders of what life had become. There were stories, recollections of events and people past. Having nothing left, many of the teens turned to drugs and alcohol to aid them in forgetting their situation. Swearing was constant, for the teens had no reason to censor themselves after all they had been through.

I felt as though I had been dropped into the daily lives of the characters. The amazing and convincing actors helped to convey the myriad of emotions that homeless teenagers deal with. With a clever and expressive script containing poetry, metaphor, and endless description, I got to experience what homeless teenagers are put through, and why they make the choices that they do. This show was interesting in that it spotlighted how the homeless view others and utilized the emotionally vulnerable perspectives of teenagers to describe it. By the time I walked out of the theatre to the busy streets above, I left with a message of how hard life can really be and a greater idea of some of the things that go on behind those streets.

NOTE: Recommended for people age 14 and up due to language and mature themes. No one under 14 will be admitted.

Review by Emma M., teen blogger