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SPAN Can Help Care For Your Pets While You Receive Medical Help

Know your pets are cared for while you are receiving care.

Woman holding her dogDo you need a temporary place to house your pet for thirty days or less while you are in the hospital or a skilled nursing facility, and are worried there is no neighbor or friend who can care for him temporarily? Are you putting off needed medical care because you are worried about your much-loved pet?

Dakin Humane Society may be able to help. The Safety Plan for Animals (SPAN) is a coalition of human and animal service providers who provide foster care for the pets of elders or people with disabilities while their owners are temporarily away from home in a hospital or nursing facility. According to Dakin, if you are at risk of hospitalization or entering a nursing care facility, you should take the following steps to protect your animal friends:

“The Safety Plan for Animals (SPAN) is a coalition of human and animal service providers who provide foster care for the pets of elders or people with disabilities while their owners are temporarily away from home in a hospital or nursing facility.”

  1. Make sure your family member, home health care provider, or advocate knows about your pets and is prepared to work with Dakin staff to complete paperwork. If possible, give them written permission to work with Dakin on behalf of your pets.
  2. Have emergency information about your pet posted on your refrigerator, including the pet’s name, the type of food he prefers, the name of his veterinarian, and a list of any medications he needs.

If family or friends cannot care for your pet while you are away, contact Dakin’s Springfield location at 413-781-4000 to request their help. If you need to leave a voicemail, please say you are calling about the SPAN program, and a volunteer will call you back as soon as possible. A loved one will need to bring your pets to the Springfield Dakin Humane Society location only at 171 Union St., Springfield, MA, 01105 for drop off. As soon as you return home, your pet will be reunited with you.