Local charity Cherished Pets Foundation has a dream to make the world a better place and they need the community’s vote to make it happen.
The Ocean Grove foundation has been shortlisted to receive a $5000 grant from Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World program and the more votes they get, the more chance they have of winning these funds to support local, elderly and disabled community members and their cherished pets.
“Our foundation exists to ensure that the benefits of healthy companion pets are accessible to all people, especially elderly folk and those people living with disabilities,” Founder of Cherished Pets Dr Alicia Kennedy said.
“This grant of $5000 further supports our ongoing social veterinary work in our region.”
Dr Kennedy said pets play an important role in the community and are loved like family members. The benefits of pets have a greater significance for people who are isolated, elderly, or disabled. Their pet is often the only reason they get out of bed in the morning, Dr Kennedy said.
However, often due to unexpected changes in health or financial circumstances, the capacity of these pet owners to care for their pets can be compromised, giving them great cause for worry and sometimes even having to give up their cherished pet.
Ocean Grove based Cherished Pets Foundation exists to support these members of the community. They provide in-home pet care assistance with volunteers to help with dog walking, pet grooming, transporting pets to the vet and pet respite care when owners are unwell or move into residential care.
Their community vet nurses visit pets in their home and the foundation provides financial assistance to pet owners unable to cover unexpected veterinary expenses.
To vote, go to dreamsforabetterworld.com.au/vote.
Voting is open until 9am Tuesday 7 May.