Angela Hopson is the Executive Director of “Street Outreach Animal Response Initiative” (SOAR), an innovative non-profit that works with humans and their pets, experiencing crisis like homelessness, medical or mental health emergencies, domestic violence, or abject poverty. SOAR uses the human-animal bond to remove barriers to accessing help, and they help people get engaged in services, so humans access the care they need, and person and pet can be healthy and stable.
Angela is formerly a homeless person herself and founded SOAR after graduating from law school and taking a position as a street outreach professional who worked with humans living on the streets experiencing homelessness. She saw there was an animal need that wasn’t being met, and that humans weren’t getting services they needed for fear of losing their pet.
Angela shares her home on average with 10 dogs and 30 cats, and one very loud macaw.