Today’s charity spotlight is Knox PAWS. Knox PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors) places animals from shelters into the loving homes and hearts of eligible seniors. Research indicates that pets improve seniors’ physical, emotional, and mental health. The Knox PAWS program started in late 2004 when the Office on Aging partnered with the Young-Williams Animal Center to match senior pets with senior citizens.
To participate in the Knox PAWS program a person must be 60 years old or older, a resident of Knox County, income eligible, and live independently in a pet‐friendly environment. It has been well documented that a pet can lower blood pressure, reduce depression and have other positive health benefits. Knox PAWS started in 2004 as a partnership with the Young‐Williams Animal Center with a small grant they received. Those funds are now used up and the Office on Aging needs community support to keep PAWS going. PAWS funds cover adoption fees, an initial medical exam, vaccination, plus other related costs such as spay/neuter and routine medication.
Knox PAWS is in need of additional funding and will hold its first fundraiser event next month. PAWS Among the Blooms will be held 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on April 15 and is being hosted by Stanley’s Greenhouse at 3029 Davenport Road.