The SASSY Program (Saving Animals by Supportive Seniors and others Young at heart) offers a unique approach to solving two community problems while creating a win-win result for shelter pets and lonely seniors. By promoting “senior-appropriate” shelter pets and removing some of the barriers to pet adoption, seniors can lead a more fulfilling and productive life, and shelter pets can find a forever and loving home.
SASSY program initiatives include the following:
SASSYmeals SASSY partners with area Meals-on-Wheels programs to distribute pet meals to those receiving meal assistance. This service is available in select areas.
SASSYfund provides financial assistance to seniors on a fixed income who have pets in need of veterinary services.
SASSYangels is for those who would like a relationship with a pet but are unable to adopt. This programs offers a sponsorship program allowing seniors to connect with pets.
Senior-appropriate volunteer activities include various administrative tasks, meal preparation, donation collections and fundraising event planning, including the annual Project Poochie fashion show featuring alumni shelter pets and their human companions.