Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN)

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Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN) is an innovative program whose mission is to foster the joy of animal companionship. SPAN supports the relationship and bond between low-income Dallas County seniors and their pets. Clients are low-income seniors, age 67 or older, who live in Dallas County and have a companion animal. For many, their pet is the only companionship they have for weeks on end. It is important to SPAN and their clients are able to keep companion pets as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Senior dogs have specific needs and, sometimes, higher costs of care. SPAN buys all pet food and supplies for each client and pays for basic veterinary care, including annual exams, tests, vaccinations and preventatives for heartworms and fleas. SPAN has helped more than 100 dogs remain in their homes by providing these supportive services.

Funded in 2020 and 2022
How we help: 

A Grey Muzzle grant will enable SPAN to provide extra help to senior dogs, age 7 or older, offering each of these dogs a "senior" exam to check for age-related illnesses and dental issues. They will also pay for the medications and care that go along with aging, such as arthritis medication, dental exams, cleanings and extractions as needed. Dogs like 12-year-old Zorro will be able to stay in his home with his long-time companion Francine because of the services SPAN provides with Grey Muzzle’s generous support.

Zorro SPAN