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Senior Citizens/Low Income Households With Companion Animals In Need Of Assistance

I am research and seeking information regarding the needs of senior citizens and low income people who are in need of assistance in caring for their companion animals.
I am researching and seeking information regarding the needs of senior citizens and low income people who have companion animals and are in need of assistance in caring for their animals. Would like to know what the needs are for such individuals and if there are any agencies or private organizations who are currently meeting these needs to ensure people and animals can stay together.
Some difficulties I see for those who fall within these categories are needing transportation to and from veterinarian clinics, assistance with vet care and food, reasonable housing that allows animals, temporary foster care if the guardian needs to be hospitalized or away from their animals for an extended period of time or if a person dies is there an organization who will see to the needs of the animal until a permanent home can be found.
If you are able to provide any resources or have personal experiences that would be beneficial please reply on this site.

A couple of resources 11.Sep.2010 21:39

KatLuver

PAW Team ( http://www.portlandanimalwelfareteam.org/) holds monthly clinics in the old Nature's building on SE Division and 30-something.
Compassion SE ( http://compassionse.org/)
The Pongo Fund Pet Food Bank ( http://www.thepongofund.org/)
FIDO AniMeals and Dog Food Bank ( http://fido-clackamas.org/)
Oregon Humane Society (www.oregonhumane.org)
Cat Adoption Team (www.catadoptionteam.org)
Oregon Spay Neuter Fund ( http://www.oregonspayneuter.org/)
Spay and Save - Animal Shelter Alliance of Portland ( http://www.asapmetro.org/spay-and-save-program.php)

I honestly don't know of any group that helps house homeless people and their pets together, or provides temporary foster care for pets. The groups above provide anything from vet care to food to low-cost spay/neuter. It would be a great program to start - a non-profit animal shelter specifically for fostering pets of those in crisis.

I hope my information helps a little, at least.