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 companionship. SPAN supports the relationship and bond between low-income Dallas County seniors and their pets. SPAN’s clients are low-income seniors, age 67 or older, who live in Dallas County and have a companion animal. For many of these senior citizens, their pet is the only companionship they will have for weeks on end. 

It is important to SPAN and their clients to be 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 as well as 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
How we help: 

With the Grey Muzzle grant, SPAN will provide extra help to senior dogs who are in their program, age 7 or older, by offering each one a "senior" exam, checking for age-related illnesses and dental issues, and paying for the medications and care that go along with aging, such as arthritis medication, dental exams, cleanings and extractions as needed.