Mission Cats Foundation

MISSION

Mission Cats Foundation addresses two problems – loneliness and isolation in the senior citizen, economically-disadvantaged, disabled and homeless population; and overcrowding of animal shelters with unwanted/homeless animals. By providing a no cost pet care services, no cost veterinary care, we hope to facilitate more pets being able to remain with their guardians and less euthanasia of companion animals, and enhanced and engaged living for senior citizens, economically-disadvantaged, disabled and homeless population. In addition, in 2023, we hope to expanded our program to allow participating shelters to instead offer veterinary assistance, address food shortage and pet retention issues, for this needed population.

Senior citizen, economically-disadvantaged, disabled and homeless population often lack purpose, responsibility and are lonely and many older animals (dogs and cats) do not get required care or/and medical attention.  Also, many senior citizens, economically-disadvantaged, disabled and even the homeless population don’t have the financial means to cover unexpected vet bills and if they have to go in for surgery or other temporary rehabilitation, they don’t have anyone to take their pet in their absence from their home. Here are common concerns voiced by senior citizens, economically-disadvantaged, disabled and homeless population who we serve and the issues they face. How could I afford a pet care or vet visits? What if I need to take my pet to a vet but can’t because I no longer drive? What if I need to spend time in a nursing home or rehabilitation center – what will happen to my dog or cat? What if I reach a point when I could no longer take care of my pet? What would happen to him or her?

The problem is that many lack access to affordable veterinary care. Senior citizens, economically-disadvantaged, disabled and homeless population are least likely to get and keep a job; therefore, they rely on others for meeting basic needs. Many look to their household pets for companionship, connection to departed loved ones, & protection. Documented health benefits to living with a pet include reduced anxiety, blood pressure, & heart rate. Those living at or below 200% of the federal poverty rate lack the resources they need to care for their pets, especially affording veterinary care. The inability to provide proper care of their pets can increase their anxiety, contribute to depression, and cause them to direct their frustrations at veterinary care staff. The inability to pay veterinary bills is a primary reason why people relinquish pets to animal shelters.