Seattle Humane is widely known for providing life-saving services to pets in need. Less known, but no less important, are the “life-saving” services we provide for people who desperately need the comfort of their pets during times of financial crisis, disability and serious illness.
Seattle Humane Society’s 2014 Fund-A-Need helps to provide critical pet food and vet services to thousands of pets belonging to low-income seniors, cancer patients and people disabled by HIV/AIDS. This Fund-A-Need ensures that thousands of people in our community will not be forced to give up their pets when they need them most.
People like Bruce, whose American Staffordshire Terrier, Blu, has been his reason for living through the trials of living with HIV and AIDS and most recently, pancreatic cancer. Bruce and Blu are clients of Seattle Humane’s Pet Project, which has provided basic veterinary care and pet food to animal companions of people disabled by HIV and AIDS for 25 years.
“She is my world,” said Bruce of Blu during a recent Pet Project clinic. “She’s the only reason I went through chemo and took my meds. Without her, I would have checked out a long time ago. The Pet Project has allowed me to continue on, for Blu to eat well, and for me not to worry.”
With your help, the Pet Project program is being expanded this year so that low-income cancer patients will receive pet food and veterinary care for their animals. When cancer patients are enduring treatment and struggling to survive, the unconditional love and companionship of their pet is life-affirming.
Thanks to your donations tonight, Seattle Humane Society’s Community Outreach Programs will provide help and hope to people and pets when hardship strikes:
The Pet Food Bank will feed thousands of pets belonging to low-income senior citizens who love and cherish their pets, but struggle financially to feed them. It will also provide emergency pet food to families in financial crisis due to job loss or other hardships.
The Pet Project will provide pet food, volunteer delivery services and basic veterinary services to pets belonging to people disabled by HIV/AIDS and to low-income pet guardians in treatment for cancer.
Weekly Pet Loss Support groups will help hundreds of people process the grief of losing a pet.
Visiting Pet Friends volunteers and their pets will bring the comfort of a calm, attentive pet to thousands of people living in senior housing, assisted living and memory care centers throughout the region every month.