The Program is Designed to Help Save and Enrich Lives by Rescuing Senior Shelter Pets and Giving Senior Citizens in Retirement Homes and Assisted Living Facilities the Opportunity to Foster and Care for Them.
Newport Beach, Calif. – November 6, 2018 – In celebration of National Senior Pet Month, Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue today announced its new Seniors for Seniors Foster Program. The program is designed to rescue senior pets in high-kill shelters and place them in foster care with residents in retirement homes and assisted living facilities, while they await adoption.
The new program is an extension of “Murray’s Purpose”, which the rescue developed in memory of Murray, a 12-year-old mastiff who suffered from advanced lymphoma. Murray was in deadly Carson Shelter and scheduled to be euthanized. Paw Prints in the Sand rescued him so he could live out the rest of his days with love, care and comfort.
According to the ASPCA, every year, an estimated 1.5 million animals euthanized in our nation’s shelter system. A large portion of those animals are adult or senior pets.
In addition, senior citizens in retirement homes and assisted living facilities often suffer from loneliness, isolation, depression, and anxiety. Research shows that owning a pet improves a senior citizen’s overall quality of life by providing physical, emotional and social benefits.
“There’s no question about the power of unconditional love,” stated Kelly Reeves, president and co-founder of Paw Prints in the Sand. “Our goal is to help animals and humans alike by reducing the number of senior pets in our shelters while enriching the lives of senior citizens in our community, who would get to enjoy the many benefits of caring for a rescue pet.”
As part of the program, Paw Prints in the Sand aims to partner with local senior citizen homes and assisted living facilities in Southern California. The program would allow multiple residents to participate in the love and care of a senior pet. However, one resident would also be allowed to take the responsibility of fostering a pet on his or her own if they chose to do so.
As part of its Foster Program, Paw Prints in the Sand covers all medical costs and supplies and provides all other supplies including food, bedding, leashes and collars, crates, toys, litter and litter boxes (for cats), etc. All you have to do is care.
About Paw Prints in the Sand Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating abused, abandoned, neglected and stray companion animals. Virtually all donated funds go directly towards the care of the animals. Headquartered in Orange County, California, Paw Prints in the Sand is an all-volunteer, all-foster organization committed to placing animals in loving, responsible, committed forever homes.
Paw Prints in the Sand raises funds through events, donations, and continuing contributions from its supporters. For more information or to make a donation, visit the organizations Web site at www.pawprintsinthesand.org. You can also visit PPITS on Facebook and Instagram @PPITSresq, and on Twitter @PPITSRescue