Mission Cats Foundation
The Mission Cats Foundation is dedicated to addressing two critical issues that plague our society – loneliness and isolation among vulnerable populations, and the overcrowding of animal shelters with homeless and unwanted animals. Our comprehensive program provides no-cost pet care services and veterinary care to senior citizens, economically-disadvantaged individuals, persons with disabilities, and the homeless. Our goal is to help more pets remain with their guardians, reduce euthanasia rates, and enhance the quality of life for these vulnerable populations.
We recognize that senior citizens, economically-disadvantaged individuals, and the homeless often face significant challenges in caring for their beloved pets. Many lack the financial resources to cover unexpected vet bills, and in the absence of family or friends, may have no one to turn to for support. Our program provides a lifeline for these individuals, addressing common concerns such as affordability of pet care and veterinary visits, transportation to and from vet appointments, and temporary care for pets while their guardians are receiving medical treatment.
We understand that household pets are often the only source of companionship and emotional support for these vulnerable populations. They provide a sense of purpose and responsibility, and offer documented health benefits such as reduced anxiety, blood pressure, and heart rate. However, the inability to provide proper care for their pets can lead to increased anxiety, depression, and even aggression towards veterinary staff.
Our program addresses these challenges by providing no-cost veterinary care and pet care services, thereby reducing the number of pets surrendered to animal shelters due to inability to pay veterinary bills. In 2023, we plan to expand our program to allow participating shelters to offer veterinary assistance, address food shortages, and provide support for pet retention.
At the Mission Cats Foundation, we are committed to improving the lives of vulnerable populations and their beloved pets. Join us in our mission to create a better future for all.