A Colorado State University sponsored non-profit program that helps the elderly keep their pets for as long as possible is one of four finalists in Heska Corporation’s Inspiration In Action contest. The winner of the contest receives $25,000. If the CSU program, called Pets Forever, wins, the proceeds will be used to help more elderly people in the Larimer County community keep their pets. The winner will be selected by public vote at www.heska.com/action. Voting ends Dec. 15.
Pets Forever connects CSU students and community volunteers with elderly people in the community to help them care for their pets. Volunteers help walk dogs, feed pets, transport pets to veterinary appointments and other tasks that enable elderly to keep their pets longer.
Research shows that elderly people with pets benefit with fewer doctor visits, decreased depression and cholesterol levels, increased activity levels, independence and confidence. Pets also provide companionship that keeps their elderly owners on a daily routine, and elderly pet owners have been found in studies to be calmer during a crisis.
“The bond between pet owners and their animals can be very powerful,” said Lori Kogan, founder and director of Pets Forever. “Voting for us will help us continue supporting pet owners who particularly benefit from the human-animal bond.”
If Pets Forever wins the grand prize, the funds will be used to extend their current pet care beyond wellness exams and vaccinations to helping owners care for pets that are sick or injured.
Individuals may vote only once. Heska will award $5,000 to the second-place winner. For more details on the finalists and to vote, visit www.heska.com/action. Heska Corporation sells advanced veterinary diagnostic and other specialty veterinary products. The company’s core focus is on companion animal markets.