ALBUQUERQUE, NM – For people who can’t afford to support their pets, a few simple supplies can go a long way.
So KOB 4 came out to help Pay It 4ward to a man who dedicates his time to helping others’ pets in need.
Margaret Keller has been helping feed Albuquerque’s homeless animals for years.
“Their pets are really everything. We’ve known some of the homeless for, I’ve been for a decade, and they have the same pet,” Keller said.
His group is linked to the national organization “Pets of the Homeless”, they have a network of three donation sites and several centers that serve the homeless.
“That’s it for them,” Keller said.
And Keller doesn’t do it on her own. Darren Pfeffer signed up as a volunteer in December 2019.
“And of course within three months the pandemic. But Darren kept going,” Keller said. “He spends all the time for us.”
For once, Keller wanted to come in her place, so she decided to Pay It 4ward.
“You didn’t have to do that Darren, I mean everything goes to the animals, everything is for the animals.” Like I told you, but I appreciate it. Here’s $100, $200, $300 and $400,” Keller said.
Pfeffer goes around town picking up donations and dropping them off at centers that serve the homeless and their pets.
“Sometimes an animal is the only connection a person has and helping the animal also helps people,” Pfeffer said.
And the need is only growing in Albuquerque.
“Giving pets food and supplies and even a pet that doesn’t have a home a blanket or a box of food or a toy or whatever makes them special. You can’t help every animal, but you can help one at a time,” Pfeffer said. “It’s not necessary but it’s really, it’s a really nice feeling and I really enjoy it.”