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Tempe homeless support groups hosting event for dogs in need

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PHOENIX — The city of Tempe is hosting an event Friday to provide services for dogs who belong to people experiencing homelessness and get them out of the summer heat.

The city’s homeless outreach team, along with the Arizona Animal Rescue Mission and the Bella Project, will be at the Tempe First United Methodist Church at 215 East University Drive beginning at 7 a.m., according to a press release.

The event comes after Tempe officials have noticed more homeless people with pets, according to the release.

They will be providing microchips, tags, collars, food, leashes and toys for the dogs.

“We know that people experiencing homelessness want to remain with their dogs. That relationship may be the one constant in their lives,” Nichole Stevens, Tempe’s homeless solutions supervisor, said in the release. “Offering a bag of food or water dish helps us start the conversation with their owners about options, housing and services.”

Those who want to replenish the supplies distributed during the event can do so through the Arizona Animal Rescue Mission website.

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