Friday, March 1, 2013

Giving Back in March


Today we mark the first of March and the first Friday of the month, which means it's time to feature another charity here.  I am so excited to feature this month's charity.  Without further ado, this month's featured charity is:


The Pets for the Elderly Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit charity that  helps pay the fees to participating animal shelters throughout the United States for senior citizens (age 60 and over) who adopt a companion dog or cat from a participating shelter — including pre-adoption veterinary exams and spay/neuter, if part of the adoption fee.

When I came across this charity, tears came to my eyes.  Many years ago, we gave my grandmother {who passed away a few years ago} a dog - a Pomeranian - to be her and my grandfather's daily companion.  The mission of this charity touches my heart so deeply that, as I write this post, tears come to my eyes because I think of my grandparents.  Words escape me to describe to you how much they meant to me in my life.

My grandparents
I confess that I was unsure about featuring this charity just because it unveiled some very personal feelings that I am not used to talking about, especially on a blog where my purpose is, in essence, about other people.  The topic of my grandparents is very sacred to me and one that I keep very close to my heart.  For that reason, though, I thought it was worth featuring them here.

Pets for the Elderly Foundation currently partners with animal shelters in 29 states.  Their goal is to underwrite these companion costs for shelters in all 50 states.  I had the pleasure of speaking to their Executive Director, Susan Kurowski, and she told me that they receive a donation from one of their first adopters.  It's for $2 per year.  {Yes, that is $2 per year.}  This donation is her way of giving back what she can to an organization that gave her so much.  {Here are some pictures of some of their recipients.}  If this wonderful lady is able to give that, I wonder how much money we can raise this month for so many others who need this companionship.  Ms. Kurowski told me that donations have been down and they have not been able to expand their services for this reason.  Let's see if we can help them with that.  Here is a link to their donate page and their home page.  On their home page, at the top right, you will see a link to Amazon.  Your purchase, through that link, helps support them also.

If you do make a donation, please leave me a comment.  I would like to know that this post is encouraging you to give back to the communities that we all live in.

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  1. What a great cause! My grandparents loved their dogs like no other, they were truly family and brought them soooo much joy!!

  2. such a thoughtful and sweet post. thanks for sharing!

    new follower via the blog hop :)

  3. Hi Bri,
    Thank you for your kinds words. That means a lot to me. Thank you also for joining our community here at Mom in the USA. I look forward to meeting you here again and often.


  4. Hi Rosey,
    My grandparents were dog people too and you are right - their pets do bring them such joy like a member of the family. Thank you for stopping by and sharing here. It's great to see you back here.


  5. I thought the story about your grandparents Pomeranian added to your post! I dropped by from WSM Blog Hop. Great cause!

  6. Hi Betty,
    I love your name! Thank you so much for your comment about my grandparents. That really does mean a lot to me.
    It is a great cause with a great mission. I hope you are able to help them in their quest.


  7. Karina,
    This is a beautiful post, not only because of what you said about your grandparents but for what you are trying to do in helping others! Your grandparents were gorgeous, and wowsers on your grandmother, what a beauty!

  8. Hi Lucy,
    I am humbled by your kind words. My grandparents did make a good-looking couple, didn't they? The best part was their personalities matched their looks - they were equally as precious. I always did tell my grandmother that she was a good looking woman. She always laughed, telling me I was being silly as old as she was.
    We can all use a little help sometimes and after having gone through hardship, I try to give back because I would have never been able to get through what I did without the help of others. i never forget that.
    Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your comment. I am touched by it.