Program Helps Seniors 60+ Afford Shelter Adoption Fees
Los Angeles, CA–Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) has been selected as a new shelter partner of Pets for the Elderly (PFE), a national nonprofit organization that pays a portion of the fee for senior citizens (age 60 and over) to adopt a companion dog or cat from a participating PFE animal shelter.
PFE was established in 1992 by the late Avrum (Avvy) Katz, who had the vision of providing companionship to senior individuals through pet ownership, while saving the lives of companion animals in shelters. PFE is set to hit 100,000 adoptions since the organization expanded nationally in 2002.
Recognizing the many well-documented health benefits of pet ownership for seniors, PFE is currently the only national organization matching shelter animals with senior citizens and works with 55 participating shelters in 34 states shelters that are not only dedicated to saving the lives of animals, but also committed to supporting and implementing the PFE mission. PFE recently expanded its grant program to now include animal care assistance at any of its participating shelters who apply for the grant.
“spcaLA’s new partnership with Pets for the Elderly will make adoptions for seniors more attainable and get more shelter pets into loving homes,” said Madeline Bernstein, President spcaLA. “I commend PFE for an easy to implement, straight forward program that directly benefits seniors and their future pets.”
“We are thrilled to have spcaLA join our network,” said Susan Kurowski, executive director of Pets for the Elderly. “Their strong presence, providing both animal refuge and community services and education, makes them an excellent partner, as we work to expand the availability of our program in California,” said Kurowski.