Living independently and safely with a companion pet is a great source of joy in an older adult’s life. In some cases, seniors are unable to care for their pets. The LifeCare Alliance Senior PetCare program provides clients with assistance in taking care of their pets while still maintaining the client’s ability to remain in their own home. Volunteers assist clients with delivering pet food through the AniMeal Program. The program also assists with financial costs of vet visits, surgeries, and procedures that care for the overall health of their pet.
This program provides much-needed solutions for elderly pet owners. Long term community impact results include:
- Keeping pets happy and healthy by assisting in pet care and maintenance;
- Reducing the number of pets at animal shelters by helping seniors care for their pets;
- Helping maintain a clean environment for seniors and pets;
- Providing food for pets so seniors remain healthy by not sharing their own meals; and
- Keeping seniors in their homes longer thereby saving taxpayers money by preventing institutionalization.
I live alone, and since my husband passed away, my Sheltie, Annie, is my closest companion. I used to worry that I might have to give her away, as I am not able to take her for walks, and I thought it might be cruel to have a dog that doesn’t get to walk. But it would have broken my heart to give her away, and it would have broken Annie’s heart, too. Thanks to my pet care volunteer, Kathy, who comes every two weeks and takes Annie for a long walk, I know she is happy and healthy. I don’t know what I would do without Annie, and when Kathy comes over, she is so excited to see her that she wants to go out with her before we even get a chance to talk.