When an older person’s beloved pet is their only family, and sole source of affection and comfort,
keeping them together is so important.

Pets and Elders Together: eliciting the compassion of volunteer “Pet Pros” who aid 85 low-income, frail, pet-owning clients with animal-upkeep and hygiene, dog-walking, cat litter clean-up, light grooming, as well as visits from friendly dogs to provide companionship to the isolated and homebound. During the holidays, volunteers deliver a signature Holiday Pet Stocking filled with goodies that clients may not be able to afford. The agency now has a Veterinary Assistance Program which helps to cover expenses of emergency vet care, while an ASPCA grant enabled the agency to launch a Companion Animal Advocate initiative to identify emergency contacts (family, friends, neighbors) who can care for pets in the event that the client is unable.

For more information, please contact: Robin Strashun, Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator

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