SASSY Program

SASSY logo-01The SASSY Program (Shelter Animals + Seniors + Supportive Youth) was formed in 2008 with a mission to enable seniors to lead more fulfilling and productive lives by creating and strengthening relationships with pets.

Despite the many benefits that come with pet companionship, seniors often reach a point where they feel that they can no longer meet the needs of their pets or feel that they cannot adopt. They might be limited in mobility, or no longer able to walk or bathe their pet. They may no longer have a car which makes it difficult to get food, supplies or veterinary care.

For many seniors, their pet is their lifeline. When unable to provide nutritional pet food for their companion, they will share their own meal with their pet. The pet eats inappropriate food and the human does not get the necessary nutrition. SASSY’s partners, such as Meals-On-Wheels and other community programs, deliver pre-packaged single-meal pet food packets, prepared by SASSY volunteers, to qualified seniors through our Pet Food Pantry.  If you or a loved one needs assistance, please email or call us at 913-808-3311.

A branch of our SASSY Program includes Senior Foster Friends: a unique opportunity for seniors living in assisted living centers or retirement communities to foster kittens or puppies as a group.  This is a wonderful opportunity for young pets to receive much needed socialization, and studies show animal companionship not only provides emotional support but it can also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.  Watch the video below of our friends at The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Care meeting the first two kittens they fostered!

Interested in participating in our Senior Foster Friends Program?  Please contact our Foster Care Director Kriste Everett at