The CAC Office on Aging is a public nonprofit agency. It has the major responsibility in Knoxville and Knox County of planning for services for senior citizens; assessing needs of older citizens and developing resources to meet those needs; coordinating services for the elderly to minimize duplication and avoid overlap–whether provided by public, nonprofit, or for-profit organizations; providing information about services and programs to older citizens and their families and connecting them to those services; and advocating on behalf of older citizens.
The Knox PAWS Program has two goals:
· To reduce loneliness and stress as well as improve the physical and mental health of seniors by matching them with a pet that is in need of a loving home.
· To reduce the number of senior pets euthanized at local shelters.
Funding from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps with their “Knox PAWS program” of the Knoxville-Knox County CAC Office on Aging that has partnered with local shelters and rescue groups to match adoptable pets with low-income seniors who need a companion and can provide loving homes.
Pets adopted by Knox PAWS’ participants are given an initial medical exam, vaccinated, given a microchip, are spayed or neutered, and are provided with six months of heartworm and flea prevention medication.