This incredible soup kitchen offers meals for homeless people and their pets

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For many people, pets are part of the family. Few would think twice before putting their pet's needs above their own. One soup kitchen has that same perspective and is offering up meals for both homeless people and their pets.

Collide, a New York-based soup kitchen helps folks to not have to choose their needs over their pets. Food, along with medical care, education and other supplies are awaiting both parties at the mission.

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Since 2010, Collide has been offering "family meals" to homeless people and their animals every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the spring, summer and fall seasons. The program is a collaboration between Collide and the Grafitti Church in New York's Lower East Side.



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This incredible soup kitchen offers meals for homeless people and their pets
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless woman rests while panhandling along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: A homeless man sleeps under an American Flag blanket on a park bench on September 10, 2013 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. As of June 2013, there were an all-time record of 50,900 homeless people, including 12,100 homeless families with 21,300 homeless children homeless in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Pedestrians walk by a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk by a grate in the middle of the day, on May 6, 2015 in New York, N.Y. New York City has a large homeless population. (Photo by Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless teen panhandles on a street near Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless man pauses along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: A man panhandles for money and food on April 7, 2015 in New York City. A new report was released today from 'Homes for Every New Yorker' a coalition of activist groups that makes recommendations for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to fight homelessness in the city. The report , which was unveiled at City Hall, advocates that the mayor put aside 10 percent of all units in his affordable housing plan for shelter residents, raise the minimum wage and invest in programs to prevent tenants from falling into homelessness. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 18: A homeless man pauses along Eighth Avenue in Manhattan on May 18, 2015 in New York City. As many parts of once seedy New York City have been transformed into family and shopping friendly environments, 8th Avenue near the Port Authority bus station is one of the last hold-outs to old gritty Manhattan. Last week a man was shot by police after he attacked numerous people with a hammer along a stretch of the street. There is a high police presence along the street and fights and arrests for vagrancy are common. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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A volunteer from Collide told the Huffington Post that the organization also hopes to dispel any notions that those who are homeless do not make good pet owners.



The Huffington Post reports that Collide aims to provide resources to the many homeless youths who are denied access to shelters because of their animals.

At the mission, pets can receive medical treatment, such as vaccinations and dog licensing.

Collide hopes to expand their operation past their Lower East Side location, with help from other aid groups and volunteer vets.

The Huffington Post also reports that the ministry is hoping to find NYPD officers willing to have human and pet supplies on hand when they meet homeless people on the streets.

Click here to donate to Collide.

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