CLEVELAND, OH (News Release) – The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Care & Control (CMPD AC&C) 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 recently expanded its grant program to now include animal care assistance at any of its participating shelters who apply for the grant – this includes CMPD Animal Care & Control which will use the grant funding toward providing seniors’ pets with monthly flea and tick prevention medication with an adoption.
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.
“We are thrilled to have the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control 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 North Carolina,” said Kurowski.
“We are very excited to be chosen as a Pets for the Elderly Program participant. Part of our mission is to help place animals into forever homes, and frankly, some of the best homes can be with seniors. Placing pets with seniors provides companionship to both the citizen and the pet at times in life when they both can never get enough. We are so happy to be able to help create senior/pet matches thanks to this grant,” said Dr. Josh Fisher, Director of CMPD Animal Care & Control
For more information about CMPD Animal Care & Control, or to adopt a pet, visit https://charlottenc.gov/AnimalsCMPD/.
PFE has plans to secure a participating shelter in each of the 50 states by the end of 2021. To learn more about the Pets for the Elderly Foundation or to find a participating shelter near you, visit www.petsfortheelderly.org.