Pets for Life: HSUS' New and Innovative Animal Welfare ProgramPublished March 20, 2013
In order to reduce the overpopulation of animals in shelters, improve the lives of pets, and to connect with and help communities that are underserved, Pets For Life uses groundbreaking strategies and fresh approaches that are aimed at expanding access to animal resources, education and low cost or free veterinary care.
However, Pets For Life is not just helping animals. With the innovative services the program provides, the people who care for their pets are becoming empowered.
The foundation for the Pets For Life program was laid in 2006 during the herculean work the HSUS did with the folks living in Hurricane Katrina's wake. As they helped the Gulf Coast residents, they discovered thousands of dogs and cats that were in need of rescue, an inordinate rate of un-sterilized pets and a host of other animal welfare issues that were the direct result of not having affordable and accessible services.
HSUS learned that the primary reason owners don’t neuter and spay their pets or seek other necessary veterinary care for their companion animals is the high cost of these crucial services. Currently, Pets For Life has a working staff providing services for a growing number of cities around the country: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. The program also provides mentorship and guidance to other communities that are seeking to implement similar programs because no matter what cultural or socio-economic differences exist in communities, people love their pets and want to give them the best of care.
Animal lovers living in the cities listed above who wish to get involved and volunteer can apply at the convenient form provided by the Pets For Life program.
To get acquainted with the vast scope of compassionate and crucial services that are offered by the Pets For Life program, watch the compelling and heart touching video.
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