Animal control workers visited San Jose's largest homeless camp on Wednesday and provided free vaccines and microchips to pets living in the area known as "The Jungle."
Volunteers recently found puppies who caught parvovirus and died -- many of the homeless did not have access to vets or medical supplies for their pets.
"For us, it's helping them maintain their bond with their pet," said Jon Cicirelli of San Jose Animal Control. "In many cases, this is their only companion, trusted companion in the world."
Workers said they had help funding the vaccine clinic thanks to their Facebook followers, who donated pet food, leashes and dog beds.