• Kelli Vanzego

Life of Hank book brings Awareness | Feeding Pets of the Homeless

Feeding Pets of the Homeless task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets.

RTM strongly recommends Life Of Hank to its readership. Also please take note that proceeds from this book are donated to Feeding Pets of the Homeless non-profit.

Book Synopsis: Life of Hank


With today’s uncertainty of how to properly care for animals, Dr. Gary L. Ailes, DVM. simplifies and enlightens the reader with this very informative, yet light reading book. A humorous, cartoonish, and informative account of a dog’s life from the dog’s perspective, including mention of many of the important issues that arise for dogs and their owners. Throughout the book Dr. Gary chips in with helpful and accurate veterinary advice. This is a fun book that adults and children will enjoy as they learn more about how to care for their pup.


Read Life of Hank to learn why dogs do what they do from Hank, a dog who’s a lot like yours. You’ll also get some expert advice from Dr. Gary L. Ailes, DVM, to learn what your dog is trying to tell you and how to correct common misbehaviors.

“Your dog is not human, but he does want to please you. Your job is to figure out what his actions mean, understand that some of it is just typical of dogs, and offer gentle but firm guidance toward good behavior.” Dr. Gary L. Ailes, DVM.

Dr. Gary L. Ailes, DVM-Author

Dr. Gary L. Ailes is a veterinarian who has worked in the field since graduating in 1972. He is currently the President of the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners in the state of Nevada. He is a TPLO Certified Veterinarian, a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, American Animal Hospital Association, Association of Veterinary Orthopedics for Research and Education, Veterinary Orthopedic Society and the Veterinary Surgical Laser Society. He was featured in the April 1999 issue of Veterinary Economics. He has worked consistently to improve himself and is especially skilled in orthopedic surgery. He performs such procedures as Total Hip Replacement, Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy, Triple Pelvic Osteotomy, and other surgical procedures. He has been in partnership with Dr. Woodrow J. (Woody) Allen since 1974 and has built one of the premier practices in northern Nevada. Outside of veterinary activities, Gary is a past president of the Rotary Club of Carson City. He is an instructor in the Carson City recreational ski program. He coached soccer at the youth and high school level and his core summer team went on to a state championship. He was a member of the Carson City School Board of Trustees for 12 years and president for 3 years. He has been and continues to be involved in numerous other civic activities.

Joy Underhill-Author

Joy Underhill is an award-winning writer and photographer who lives in upstate NY. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications and she has authored four nonfiction books. She is also owner of a commercial writing firm that specializes in technical content, instructional design, and training videos. Joy enjoys spending time with family, biking, travel, and learning piano in her spare time.



Feeding Pets of the Homeless-Non-Profit

Feeding Pets of the Homeless® believes in the healing power of companion pets and of the human/animal bond, which is very important in the lives of many homeless. They find solace, protection and companionship through their pets. They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less. Our task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets.


Genevieve Frederick-Founder of Feeding Pets of the Homeless

When founder Genevieve Frederick returned from a visit to New York City, in 2006, the images of homeless individuals, living on the street with their dogs would not leave her mind. She wondered how they found food for their dogs.


At her home in Nevada, Genevieve called food banks that already served the homeless and simply asked them if she could provide donated dog and cat food, would they make it available to their clients. They answered with a resounding, “Yes!” That was the beginning of a long journey to start a nonprofit and to watch it grow to become the only national organization of its kind.


In time, emergency veterinary care and wellness clinics were included to provide free vaccinations and basic exams. It also became apparent that homeless shelters needed sleeping crates so the homeless and their pets could have shelter with the added opportunity of working with a social worker to get out of homelessness.


From the onset, the successful coordination, implementation and monitoring of these programs has been due to dedicated staff and volunteers. Volunteers assist in recruiting Donation Sites and many times arrange for delivery of pet food to Pet Food Providers (food banks and soup kitchens); volunteers also assist during wellness clinics and at headquarter offices.


Feeding Pets of the Homeless became a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the State of Nevada in 2008. The nonprofit is rated “100 out 100” on Charity Navigator and GuideStar has rated us as “Platinum.” The nonprofit is registered as a “charity” with all States with registration requirements. Please see website below to donate or find out more about the organization.




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