A unique community program offering pet care assistance to elderly pet owners such as: emergency boarding, veterinary and pet supplies.
Yavapai County families and seniors who are a part of the Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition (VVCC) have the ability to request financial support for lifesaving and quality of life veterinary care for their animal companions thanks to a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County.
The project’s goal is to assist up to 40 Yavapai County seniors or families with veterinary expenses relating to lifesaving or quality of life care. Preference will be given to Verde Valley Caregivers Coalition clients, but all cases presented by local veterinarians to HSS will be reviewed and funding determined.
My sister Samantha and I really hope you can help support VVCC's pet program because it has really helped us through a terrible time.
Our human mother Ursula fell one day in our house and hit her head. We ran over and tried to help her but sniffing her wasn't enough to get her up. She pressed a button she had on her somewhere and several humans (EMTs) arrived. They wanted to take her to the hospital, but she didn't want to leave us alone. She was so worried. After a few days she called the nice ladies at VVCC and they convinced our mom she needed to get to the ER for help and that we would be taken care of through their pet assistance program.
VVCC took our mom to the ER and another volunteer took us to a kennel to be boarded. We really missed our mom but made the best of it. The kennel humans were nice. They gave us lots of food and let us run around the backyard. We were wondering if we'd ever see mom again, and then we saw the crates. They always used to scare us, but somehow we knew they would get us home. Sure enough, as soon as we were in the front door, we heard mom crying "my babies." I was shaking so much I could hardly stand it. The crate doors opened and me and Samantha were running around wagging our tails so hard I thought my tail would fall off. Mom let us jump all over her.
"Oh, my God, thank you," she said. She was so happy to see us. And then she said we make her smile. Okay, mom, time for a tinkle.
Romeo hopes you will donate to help other pets stay with their humans.
“Over the years my dog’s health has deteriorated and so has mine,” said a VVCC neighbor. “I’ve worried about how to care for him because my own situation has changed both financially and medically. Caregivers has stepped in and helped with his medical bills and dental surgeries which have given us more time together.”
The Pets Count Too! program also provides pet food, supplies, medication and veterinary care for pets of VVCC’s low-income clients, temporary dog walking or pet sitting due to an illness or emergency appointments, emergency grooming, and transportation to veterinary clinics, boarding kennel, and food/medication pickups.
Individuals can help support VVCC’s Pets Count Too! Program. For more information and to donate click here.
Partners will be promoted in program publicity and on our VVCC website
Hear from the VVCC Staff
"Pets play a huge role in the lives of the neighbors we serve," said VVCC's Executive Director Kent Ellsworth. "About 1600 of our neighbors live alone and approximately 40% of them have pets that are important to their quality of life."
No one should ever have to face the heartbreak of surrendering a pet. They become a part of the family and in many cases, these animals are all our neighbors have. The more assistive services we can provide, the greater quality of life our neighbors can enjoy.
For more information on becoming a Pets Count Too! partner please call (928) 204-1238