Dr. Kwane Stewart

Dr. Kwane Stewart

A graduate from the renowned Colorado State University Veterinary Program, Dr. Kwane has been a California practicing veterinarian for over 22 years. He has worked in nearly every part of the profession - honing his clinical and business expertise. Many years ago during a five-year tenure as a shelter veterinarian in a struggling, depressed area of California, Dr. Kwane began to form a true understanding for those that struggle to afford health care for their pets.

Over the past 10 years, Kwane has quietly volunteered his time traveling city streets of California giving free veterinary services to the pets of individuals experiencing homelessness.

“For the past decade, I've been passionately motivated to impact the lives of pets and people experiencing homelessness. When I have spare time or if I happen to be driving home and see a pet and owner in need, I offer some assistance. A quick check-up for the pet, maybe some medication or food...it isn't a lot but sometimes giving a little can make all the difference. During my time volunteering, I've experienced some of the most genuine stories of love, compassion, struggle, and hope, and learned a lot along the way. For example, it is estimated that anywhere from 10%-25% of people experiencing homelessness have a pet. This work has been life-changing and truly inspiring, but has also come with many challenges. Some of the pets I come across need treatment, sometimes life-saving treatment, that can be very costly and it's hard to say ‘no’ to a pet that’s truly in need. That is why we started Project Street Vet - to shine a light on these stories and encourage others to give back a little, too.”

Dr. Kwane estimates that he has cared for over 1,000 pets through volunteer work prior to 2020, when Project Street Vet was formed. Today, he continues to lead the Project Street Vet mission with his inspirational message of “no judgment, just help” and hopes our growing team can continue to find and care for these families.

Dr. Kwane Stewart, who cares for the pets of those experiencing homelessness, is CNN’s Hero of the Year