Humane Society to Launch Program to Help Seniors with Pets

Patrick and Donna Callahan with BrucePatrick Callahan, Bruce, and Bonnie Phillips

The Anderson Humane Society will soon be launching a brand new service to help seniors in our community with their pets.  Donna Callahan, the adoption director at the humane society, along with her son Patrick, and their dog Bruce were at the Anderson County Senior Center this morning to announce the SAFE Program.

The humane society will be partnering with Bluegrass Community Outreach, the same group that runs the senior center and delivers meals to seniors, to help deliver pet food, flea medications, arrange vet services and more for seniors who can’t afford or easily transport their pets.  “Our goal is to help seniors in our community with their pets,” Donna said.

The main goal with the program is to make sure seniors can keep their dogs or cats and not have to be forced to give them to the shelter.  “A lot of seniors are on limited income and this is our way of helping you to keep your pets at home,” Donna said.

The biggest part of the program will focus around helping seniors who need temporary housing for their pets.  If a pet’s owner ends up having an extended stay at a hospital and doesn’t have family members to keep their pet, the humane society will be able to place the pet in their foster system instead of having to take it to the shelter.

According to Donna, this will be the biggest challenge for the humane society to take on.  She will be working with Steve Carmichael, director at the senior center, to get the word out to seniors and caretakers to notify the humane society if a pet needs temporary fostering.  By doing so, it will take the stress off of the owner and pet.  “This takes a big burden off of everybody,” Donna said.  hill of beans chicken story ad

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