PARKERSBURG — FaithLink and the Winding Road Kennel have partnered for FaithLink clients to receive care for their pets.
FaithLink helps individuals who are 60 and older or dealing with a physical disability or chronic illness to maintain their independence.
For elderly pet owners, especially those who live alone, pets can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure, increase social interaction and physical activity, reduce depression and decrease the feeling of loneliness.
Seeing clients having to give away their pets because they couldn’t support them anymore, FaithLink coordinator Melissa Ogden has been thinking of ways to help take care of clients’ pets.
Early this year Angie Harper, Winding Road Kennel’s marketing director, reached out to Ogden to see if there would be an interest in a partnership.
Leading to the Paws to Help program, it will provide the care of both clients and animals.
“I know of many clients who will benefit from this partnership,” said Ogden.
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