Senior Solutions gets $20K grant to help seniors care for pets

Senior Solutions has been awarded a $20,000 grant from Meals on Wheels America and PetSmart Charities to expand its existing “Foxy Fund” to provide emergency veterinary care and pet food for Meals on Wheels recipients with pets. Senior Solutions was one of only 27 grants awarded nationally, and the only one in the northeast.

“We are incredibly excited about this opportunity,” said Outreach Specialist Thom Simmons. “In April we will be working out the logistics in a pilot with the Springfield Meals on Wheels Center. Clients with pets in Andover, Chester, Perkinsville, and Springfield should keep watch for information in their meal deliveries. Once it is operating smoothly, we will offer to expand it to other towns across southeastern Vermont by working with the other meals centers. This will greatly transform our existing Foxy Fund program and help many of our clients keep and care for their pets.”

Vermonters have the highest pet ownership rate in the country at 71 percent and many think of their pets as family members. Studies have shown that pets positively impact both the physical and emotional health of seniors in significant ways, especially those at risk of social isolation. Not only may pet ownership stave off loneliness, but it can also reduce blood pressure, provide mental health benefits and offer unconditional love and acceptance. Unfortunately, many people on fixed incomes have difficulty keeping up with the rising costs of owning a pet.

The Foxy Fund was established in 2019 as a result of a bequest by a client whose life was changed by having a pet. To read more about this story or donate to the fund, please visit https://www.seniorsolutionsvt.org/giving/the-foxy-fund/

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  1. Anne Eddy says:

    This is fantastic news – but I wonder how it will affect the program the Springfield Humane Society has had for several years now called No Place Like Home? We offer free food and litter to anyone who needs it, and zero-interest loans for vet care and ask to be reimbursed as little as $5 a month (so that this grant we began with is self sustaining).
    Our initial $5,000 grant for this program is running low (few people ever paid us back) so I’m excited there is now another place for them to go!

  2. Tim Roper says:

    This is fantastic. Well done!!!

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