Because of your Pandora Fund my dog, Roxie, received the critical vet care she needed so badly but that I could not afford to give her. What a relief during my cancer treatment that Roxie and I could stay together…she is my special companion!
Elder Paws Senior Dog Foundation, formerly a senior dog rescue, began offering it’s Pandora Fund pet retention program in Sept of 2016 after seeing a critical need in the community that was not being met. In the first 6 months of this innovative program, we assisted 18 pet owners to retain their aging pets, preventing these pets from entering overcrowded public shelters.
While rescues and no kill shelters are critical to addressing the problem once an animal enters the shelter environment pet retention programs, like those in Riverside, Carson, San Bernardino and Santa Barbara, are one of the most effective ways to save lives by reducing the number of pets entering the shelter system to begin with. Until now the Central Valley has offered no such option, despite the overwhelming need.
For many people in the Central Valley, their pets are like family, providing them with a consistent source of love, comfort, and companionship. We believe that senior dogs and their humans have value regardless of income or health status and that the best solution to overcrowded shelters is to keep dogs and their owners together, whenever possible.
We’re proud of our Pandora Fund family
Our innovative Pandora Fund is a pro-active pet retention program that focuses on assisting fixed income owners of senior dogs to cover the cost of critical vet care, allowing senior dogs to maintain an improved quality of life in their current home and preventing the high risk of euthanasia at overcrowded kill shelters.