Promoting Responsible Pet Ownership

Feb 29, 2016

By Community Support Services

Banfield Foundation

For many of us, including persons living with severe and persistent mental illnesses, a pet provides joy and unconditional love.  Beyond the affection offered by the pet, it is believed there are physical and mental health benefits including reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety.  A pet can ease loneliness and encourage exercise.   

Many clients of Community Support Services own a cat, dog, or other pet.  It is important for the pet to receive preventive and ongoing care.  As most of the clients of Community Support Services live on less than $800 per month, it can be difficult to afford the essential care for these life-enhancing pets.

Recently, Community Support Services was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Banfield Foundation to offset the cost of preventive and basic veterinary care for pet owners who are clients of the agency.  Working with One-of-a-Kind Pet Clinic, pet owners will be able to access preventive services including vaccines and prevention for fleas/ticks and heartworm.  Additional care will be available through partnerships with other local veterinarians. 

Community Support Services is grateful for the Banfield Foundation’s support of responsible pet ownership for clients of the agency.   

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About Banfield FoundationTM

Founded in 2015 by Banfield Pet Hospital®, the Banfield FoundationTM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to improving the well-being of pets and communities. Our mission is to elevate the power of the human-animal bond, strengthen the pet welfare community, provide disaster relief for pets and advance the science of veterinary medicine through fostering innovation and education. We also offer support for all aspects of veterinary care and provide grants to pet-related nonprofit organizations in order to keep pets healthy and in loving homes. For more information visit or follow us at