I'm Julie Newfeld, President and co-founder of Pet Support for Seniors. That's me to the left, with my dog Bronson (lying on the grass) and Honey (in my arms).
Pet Support for Seniors (PSS). PSS grew from my experiences as a Social Worker working with low-income seniors in Chicago. In my work I found many seniors with pets who were struggling to pay for pet food and other pet related expenses. Some were sharing what little food they had with their pets, others not getting the medicine they needed or paying utility bills or even avoiding needed hospital visits in order to care for their furry friends.
Many were scrimping by, living on as little as $600.00 per month. Many seniors had to give up their pets as a result. It's heartbreaking to think of people having to give up their only source of comfort, warmth and companionship because they don't have the necessary resources to keep them.
My husband Greg Pranski, and friends Jill Donovan and Rob Bagstad, all life long pet lovers decided to start this new non-profit as a way to help these seniors keep and care for their pets.
With this blog I hope to chronicle the growth of our organization. I'll keep you posted as to what we are up to. You can also visit our website for more information.
I welcome any and all suggestions, and comments that will add to our knowledge and experiences for our fledgling non-profit. Thanks for tuning in, and please join me often.