Volunteers wanted to help with the pets of hospital patients.
Linda Harris, Kate Bickford and Laurel Laporte-Grimes, organizers of CT Mutual Aid East of the River, dropp off food supplies at a person's house of Manchester.
MANCHESTER — UR Community Cares and Prospect ECHN have teamed together to have volunteers look after patients' dogs while they are in the hospital or undergoing rehabilitation.
Manchester Memorial and Rockville General hospitals, as well as wellness clinics, a nursing home, and the John A. DeQuattro Cancer Center, are all operated by Prospect ECHN. UR Community Cares is a volunteer-based organization.
On Friday, the program began. It is aimed at patients who are alone and/or do not have family or relatives nearby who can assist them with their pets.
In an interview, Michelle Puzzo, president and co-founder of UR Community Cares, said, We are excited to be teaming with ECHN to have older folks who do not have local families support and connect them to neighbors who can take care of their pets while they are at ECHN.
While no one wants to be hospitalized, the inconvenience is far compounded for those who are single, have no support, and have pets, she said in a statement. Sometimes, patients are more concerned about their animal receiving the care it requires because they are alone at home.
Volunteers are needed by the UR Pet Community program to walk, feed, and even foster these pets in order to alleviate the anxiety that some patients may experience while in the hospital.
Volunteers can sign up at the following website: URCommunityCares.org