The Pets for Life (PFL) philosophy recognizes that a deep connection with pets transcends socio-economic, racial and geographic boundaries and no one should be denied the opportunity to experience the benefits and joy that come from the human-animal bond.
Sharonda and her family feared they were losing their two-year-old dog: Treasure (left) had begun to lose weight and fur. She developed sores across her skin. She had to be carried outside to use the bathroom. And she wouldn’t leave Sharonda’s side. Without a car to take Treasure across town to a veterinarian, they found the city’s center for Pets for Life where the staffers jumped in to help. Two days later, Treasure was back home and recovering from intestinal parasites. PFL covered transportation and treatment costs, for which the family is eternally grateful. “It meant the world to us,” said Sharonda’s partner, Tika. “Pets for Life gave her back to us when we thought we were going to have to put her to sleep.”
Serving communities—and their animals
Everyone’s lives can be enhanced by a pet and those who choose to should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love and meaningful relationship a pet brings. At its core, PFL challenges the institutions that create and perpetuate divisiveness, unjust policies and a stark imbalance in resource accessibility.
Poverty and structural inequality create obstacles to affordable veterinary and pet wellness services similar to the challenges and barriers to accessing healthy food, education, jobs, health care and housing. With tens of millions of pets living with families in poverty—at least triple the number of dogs and cats entering shelters—the extreme lack of access to pet resources is a national crisis overlooked by most. Pets for Life is transforming the lives of dogs and cats by honoring the love people have for their pets, closing the service gap that exists for people and pets in underserved areas and bringing awareness in a new way to the larger system imbalances and injustices.
Delivering pet services and information to pet owners in underserved communities.
Guiding and supporting local organizations in implementing strategic and sustainable community outreach programs.
Influencing organizations and agencies to be focused on pet owner support and less on punishment.