‘Pets For Life’ – Much more than just a pet care
Like us, pets do need medical attention. But sometimes, for several reasons, pet owners find it difficult to take their pet to a vet. This problem was noticed by Amanda Arrington, who was the North Carolina State Director for The Humane Society of the United States. While a lot of attention is paid to help pets get adopted, Amanda saw the need to help the pets who already had homes. She started the Pets For Life program to provide care and information for pet owners who are sometimes miles away from a vet.
A lot of us take for granted that we know what heartworm is, and it’s prevalent in the south because of mosquitoes, but if you’ve never seen a vet and your parents and neighbors and friends don’t take animals to the vet, then you’re just not familiar with it. Amanda Arrington.
Due to lack of pet supply stores and retailers, pet owners don’t get what they need. It was during Hurricane Katrina rescue efforts, Amanda Arrington noticed the issue when she saw the high rate of pets not spayed or neutered.
Amanda started Pets For Life in 2011. Her team literally knocks on doors, introduce them, and tell people about the services they provide. Except very expensive surgeries, Pets For Life provides free vet checkups, free transportation to the vet and any other services.
We deal with everything you can imagine. We console families when they lose someone or help someone who took in a dog because cousin went to jail. It’s all related. You can’t just say, ‘I’m here to work on this one issue.
Pets For Life program received very good response from the people. Amanda realized every town needed something like this. So, with the help of PetSmart Charities, she started a mentorship program. Now, mentorship programs are operating in 30 cities and 28 states from Florida to New Jersey. Pets For Life provides hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year.