More pets and their people in the state’s “Quiet Corner” will be able to stick together during life’s toughest challenges, thanks to the Connecticut Humane Society and new grant-funded efforts.
The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut recently awarded CHS an $85,000 grant to partner with TEEG (the Thompson Ecumenical Empowerment Group) and support clients of the human services agency, located in North Grosvenordale.
During the three-year project, CHS will preserve bonds between furry and human family members by providing pet food, veterinary assistance, other support services, and training for social service employees who may encounter pets while working with clients. Pet owners may be facing housing and food insecurity or domestic violence, or attending treatment services, and reside in Brooklyn, Canterbury, Eastford, Killingly, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Sterling, Thompson, Union and Woodstock.
Services will grow each year and begin with a pop-up pet food pantry event; a flea/tick collar distribution; veterinary assistance for crisis foster cases or pets supported by the food pantry event who also need medical treatment; and a professional development workshop for human services workers about canine body language and behavior.
The second year will see expanded pet food pantry distributions, multiple pop-up pet wellness clinics, follow-up care for pets, and an additional workshop for human services employees. Year three will bring additional pet food pantry days, clinics and follow-up care.
“We have many requests for pet food, inquiries about veterinary care, and often provide a listening ear for pet owners who want to share the joy their pets bring to them,” said Anne Miller, executive director of TEEG. “The ability to be able to offer these services fits perfectly into our mission and will fill a void in our service area. Our partnership with CHS is a welcome addition to the services we provide to 925 families each year, approximately 50% of which are pet owners.”
TEEG will spread the word about CHS’ services to clients as needed, with support beginning later this month.