HWH COMMENT: Operating this Pet Saving Program in 27 cities and towns in the USA is a drop in the pet-saving bucket.
How about seniors in residences, many of whom have pets? What resources are available to them for veterinarian care, throughout the nation?
How does one apply for these services? On the website of The Humane Society of America it provides a list of participating cities and towns, but doesn’t provide information links.
Frankly, I was surprised that so few towns and cities participate.
The website doesn’t make it easy for seniors to navigate without links.
Pets for Life Mentorship Programs are currently at work in these communities, but it doesn’t give you a way to contact them.
- Alaska: Alaska Native Rural Veterinary
- Atlanta, Georgia: Lifeline Animal Project
- Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Companion Animal Alliance
- Blackfeet Nation, Montana: Lewis and Clark Humane Society
- Bridgeport, Connecticut: Nutmeg Spay/Neuter Clinic
- Charleston, South Carolina: Charleston Animal Society
- Charlotte, North Carolina: Humane Society of Charlotte
- Chicago, Illinois: Friends of Chicago Animal Care and Control
- Corpus Christi, Texas: People Assisting Animal Control (PAAC)
- Dallas,Texas: Dallas Companion Animal Project
- Denver, Colorado: Denver Animal Shelter
- Detroit, Michigan: All About Animals Rescue
- Fargo, North Dakota: Minn-Kota PAAWS
- Gary, Indiana: Humane Society of Calumet Area
- Hailey, Idaho: Animal Shelter of Wood River Valley
- Las Vegas, Nevada: The Animal Foundation
- Madison, Wisconsin: Dane County Humane Society
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Humane Society
- Nashville, Tennessee: Pet Community Center
- Saint Louis, Missouri: Carol House Quick Fix Pet Clinic
- Salt Lake City, Utah: Salt Lake County Animal Services
- Santa Fe, New Mexico: Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society
- Tacoma, Washington: The Humane Society Tacoma and Pierce County
- Vinita, Oklahoma: Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter
- Washington, District of Columbia: Humane Rescue Alliance
- Worcester, Massachusetts: Second Chance Animal Shelter
- Yakima, Washington: Yakima Humane Society
* Yes, thank you for what you do where you do it, but we need so much more.
Saving pets: Program lends hand to low-income animal owners
By ANDREA SMITH
ATLANTA (AP) — Of all the animals peering sadly through the cage bars of shelters across the country, 25% of them once had an owner who gave them up for one reason or another, according to national statistics.
Those who did because they could no longer afford a pet have been getting some help over the past decade from a program operated by The Humane Society United States that provides food, medical care and other support.
Launched in 2010, the Pets for Life program now operates in at least 27 cities and towns, including Atlanta, where it began in 2012. The program provides free or low-cost veterinarian services, supplies and food. It also has provided about 100,000 free surgeries to spay and neuter animals. Animal welfare organizations advocate spaying and neutering to reduce pet overpopulation.
Pets for Life is helping animal owners “by allowing them to keep the pets in their homes even if they’re going through a hard time, and it’s keeping the pets out of the shelters,” said Lizzy Trawick, a program outreach coordinator in Atlanta.
The Shelters Animal Count national database shows that about 25% of the U.S. shelter population consists of animals that were formerly owned and later given up, for a variety of reasons: financial struggles, lease problems in housing units, animal behavioral problems or a loss of interest in owning a pet. Strays make up most of the shelters’ populations.
Atlanta’s Pets for Life program, initiated by the Humane Society, has been managed since 2017 by the LifeLine Animal Project, an Atlanta-based nonprofit organization that conducts door-to-door outreach multiple times a week. Team members knock on doors and ask residents questions about their pets, including whether they’ve been spayed or neutered, and leave information about the program’s services. The program has served 8,801 clients as of Aug. 30, said Atlanta’s Pets for Life director Andrea Peterson.
Dog and cat owners can spend more than $5,000 on health services throughout their pet’s lifetime, according to research firm NDP Analytics. Carmen Webb-Davis, an Atlanta resident and a regular Pets for Life client, said the program’s support has been necessary for her to keep her pets and maintain their health.
“Your pet is your child,” Webb-Davis said. “It’s your baby, so you want to have things right for them.”