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Meet the Californian hero vet who treats homeless people’s pets for free

Street Vet Kwane Stewart dog-cat-happy
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A vet in California has made it his mission to spend his spare time not just treating the dogs belonging to homeless people but supporting their owners too.

By Zoë Monk

Published on the 17/03/2020, 22:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:31

Kwane Stewart from Stanislaus County in Modesto, California has always been passionate about animals. But when the recession hit America hard in 2007, he soon became aware that the country's pets were a forgotten casualty of the financial crisis.


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As people lost their jobs many ended up living on the street along with their pets.

Help for the homeless

Kwane started running a soup kitchen for homeless people and offering to give a check-up to any of the pets that came too. But to make a big enough difference he realised he had to take his skills directly to the street. 

Now in his spare time, the vet drives around looking for animals that may need his help.

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It's common for Kwane to treat animals for fleas, allergies, skin and ear infections, bad teeth and arthritis. Any animals that need medicine, food or even vaccinations, Kwane pays for himself. Any animals that need more expensive treatment are paid for from a GoFundMe page the vet set up.


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During his nine years as a street vet, Kwane has treated around 400 animals and provided vital support to their owners. He hopes that through his TV Series, "Dr. Kwane: The Street Vet," he can dispel some of the myths about homeless people as pet owners.

See the amazing work Kwane does:

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