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Lucy’s House for the Prevention of Homeless Pets’ mission is to keep pets in their original homes with their owners. Members of Lucy’s House understand that animals are impacted by abandonment and being left in shelters after being in a home. We strive to keep pets in their homes and reduce the number of animals being surrendered to shelters or abandoned by providing donations of pet food to low to moderate income households, the disabled, military families, and elderly. At Lucy’s House we work to reduce senior hunger by providing them with pet food so they do not give their pets their food. In our work we understand the value of unconditional love and companionship animals give to seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities to reduce isolation and loneliness through their presence in their homes. We understand that for the most part keeping a family together is beneficial to both animals and people. We also are dedicated to educating the public about how pets react to being abandoned or surrendered after being with an owner or family for years. Our goal is to keep our four legged friends with their families and respect their value in our lives. We encourage families to consider adopting older companion animals at shelters and rescues to help alleviate the stress on these animals of living in shelters after living in homes for many years. We also strive to reduce the number of animals abandoned due to behavior issues and work with families to develop constructive ways to deal with separation anxiety, frequent urination in cats, etc. We work to educate pet owners on the need to reduce the overpopulation of animals and homeless pets by spaying and neutering their pets through distributing and helping fill out forms at local food shelves for the Vermont Spay Neuter Initiative Program (VSNIP) where people can spay and neuter their pets for 25.00 at local veterinarian offices. We also support emergency medical care for pets of seniors, people with disabilities, and military families through our medical fund which is currently being established. We also work with a feral rescue group in Vermont who provides adoption support as our partner as we work jointly to help reduce homelessness in cats and overpopulation due to the number of animals abandoned and ultimately become quasi-feral colonies. We support feral caretakers with pet food and medical support to spay and neuter feral colonies.
We are a nonprofit charitable organization helping low income, the elderly, and disabled people feed and care for their pets through donations of pet food and services. Through our work we are able to prevent animals from being surrendered to humane societies thus overtaxing resources and prevent animals from being abandoned. In addition, our work in providing pet food to people who receive Meals on Wheels helps people eat the meals prepared for them instead of serving their pets. Many people love their pets and do not want to see their pets go hungry. By providing pet food to people we are able to feed pets whose owners receive Meals on Wheels, and it becomes a win-win situation as both pets and owners do not go hungry. Lucy’s House also works with food shelves providing pet food. Through our work, Lucy’s House is able to provide pet food to families. We feed 600 pets a month and work with twenty-six local food shelves in six counties.
- Jan Ellis-Clements
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