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Veterinary Medicine

Larimer Humane Society giving tree benefits elderly and disabled clients of the Pets Forever Program

by Coleman Cornelius

'Tis the season of giving, and the Larimer Humane Society is giving to the beneficiaries of another nonprofit: the Colorado State University Pets Forever program, which provides basic pet-care services to low-income elderly and disabled people, allowing clients to keep their pets.

CSU student Michelle Albright helps Lori Beldo with her dog Minnie as part of Pets Forever.For the second year, the Larimer Humane Society is using its holiday giving tree to encourage its volunteers and staff to provide pet toys and pet treats to low-income and disabled clients of Pets Forever. The gifts allow clients to provide something special for their animal companions – brightening the holidays for both people and their animals.

Last year, the Humane Society used the same approach to provide pet toys and treats for each of the 65 clients enrolled in Pets Forever. This season, 80 clients are enrolled, said Lori Kogan, a faculty member in the CSU Department of Clinical Sciences and director of Pets Forever.

“I’m so thankful to have our program selected again this year,” Kogan said.

Collaborative efforts

The Larimer Humane Society helps Pets Forever in a similar way throughout the year: The Humane Society collects donations of pet food, cat litter and other basic necessities and provides these to program clients to support proper pet care.

Through Pets Forever, CSU students and community members provide volunteer services to clients who need help caring for their pets; in many cases, clients would be forced to relinquish their furry friends if they did not have the help. The volunteers provide dog walks, pet hygiene, yard and litter-box cleanup, administration of pet medication, and assistance with pet-related errands.

For more information about Pets Forever, visit the Pets Forever website; for more information about the Larimer Humane Society or to donate, click here.