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Seniors’ Pet Assistance Network (SPAN) is pleased to announce that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust to assist senior citizens in Dallas County pay for veterinary care for their pets.

SPAN was established in 2006 when a volunteer at Senior Source of Dallas felt a need to respond to the plight of many of their low-income senior clients who were having difficulty feeding and paying for medical expenses for their pets. Now, seven years later, SPAN provides assistance to Dallas County low- income seniors, 67 and older, with basic veterinary care and pet food.

The grant from the Banfield Charitable Trust will allow SPAN to serve more clients who are unable to afford the cost of basic veterinary care, such as vaccinations and heartworm/flea preventative for their pets.

The Banfield Charitable Trust is a Portland, Oregon based organization whose mission is to fund or administers programs to keep pets and people together and to facilitate solutions to ensure no pet owner will ever have to surrender their pet.

In addition to providing basic veterinary care, SPAN also operates Aunt Louise’s Pet Pantry, a climate controlled facility where pet food is organized and stored prior to being delivered to SPAN clients by volunteers.

SPAN is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization operated solely by volunteers. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For further information about the Banfield Charitable Trust grant or SPAN volunteer opportunities, please call 972-655-8906 or email seniorspets@yahoo.com