Every once in a while, we witness a story that restores our faith in humanity. And the story about the efforts of Dr. Kwane Stewart is a really special one. This veterinarian is spending his free time driving around California and treating animals that belong to homeless people.
Growing up in New Mexico, Stewart was looking for ways to help animals since a very young age. When the time came for him to choose his future career, he decided to follow his love for animals and practice veterinary medicine.
While his work as a veterinarian was noble enough, Stewart always felt like he needs to do something more. This feeling became even bigger when the Great Recession kicked in an increased number of abandoned animals and people who couldn’t afford proper care for their pets. Stewart knew he had to react somehow, and he ended up finding a way to help those in need.
One day he set up an improvised stand and started asking people passing by whether they would like to get their pet checked. Soon enough, the word spread, and he decided to continue with this noble project.
“Before I knew it, I had a whole line,” says Stewart. “There was something about it that I loved. I did it one more time before I decided to just take it to the street and walk to homeless people instead of waiting for them to walk up to me.”
Stewart decided to get the project on a bigger scale and invest a significant portion of his time driving around California and seeking for homeless people with pets that need his assistance. In order to help even more people, he started a GoFundMe campaign while also promoting his work in a TV series Dr. Kwane: The Street Vet.
“These homeless people take care of their pets even better than we do,” he adds about his project. “When they own a pet, it engenders this generosity. They always make sure their pet is fed. Medically is where they need help.”