Whether it’s brightening the day of an elderly citizen, providing encouragement to a cancer patient, or comforting a family through the loss of a loved one, the human-animal bond is a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship that positively impacts our health, happiness and well being.
Imagine the anxiety and pain when the bond between an owner and their beloved pet is jeopardized, as was the case with the owner of “Koko.”
Koko was in dire straits, very sick, extremely dehydrated, with death looming at her door. Desperate to save her life, but fallen on hard times, Koko’s owner was unable to pay for the emergency veterinary care that Koko so badly needed. After exhausting all potential resources, panic-stricken with tears streaming down her face, Koko’s owner made one last call. Barely able to speak, she struggled to explain her situation to the voice on the other end.
This final call proved successful. Koko’s owner’s desire to save her had become a reality. Assistance was provided to Koko and her owner through the Emergency Medical Assistance Program (EAP). One of the valuable pet-related programs offered to Frederick residents in need by the Frederick County Humane Society.
Fortunately Koko survived this horrible ordeal. But, suppose pet-related programs such as the one that saved Koko were not available?
The world of pet welfare goes far beyond shelter walls and into envisioning what we can do to create a better world for pets and the people in need who love them. Those working in animal welfare are lucky to have an opportunity to potentially save lives and to assist Frederick residents in need. It is an opportunity that most people encounter only rarely. We can share that great feeling of being a lifesaver, a hero, with our supporters by inviting them to help us to continue our efforts through donations to our organization.