Pets can have a very positive impact on those who care for them. Unfortunately, due to physical or financial limitations, people with disabilities and seniors are sometimes forced to give up their pets, or neglect their own basic needs, sometimes even refusing hospitalization in order to be able to continue caring for and not abandoning their pets.
- A special service center allows animal lovers to continue enjoying their pets without having to worry about them in case of emergency.
- The program, which was started in Jerusalem and has since expanded to other areas, aspires to help people with disabilities and seniors across Israel care for their pets or adopt new ones.
- The support system includes assistance from volunteers for the following:
- Trips with the pets and caring for pets while traveling
- Accompanying pet and owner on visits to the veterinarian
- Cleaning kitty litter boxes
- Help adopting a dog or cat
- Guidance regarding relevant services (i.e. veterinarians, food and equipment, training, boarding, grooming, etc.)
- Financial assistance in caring for pets for low income populations when necessary.
- The program, which was founded by Eshel and JDC-Israel, operates under the auspices of the Ministry of Environmental Protection in conjunction with the "Reut-Eshel" information center, Matav and other organizations.
Target audience and Prerequisites
- People with disabilities and seniors who fit one or more of the following criteria:
- Own a pet
- Are interested in adopting a cat or dog
- Are interested in providing a temporary home for a pet
How to Receive This Service
- Contact the Reut-Eshel information center:
- Online form
- The information center operates from Sunday-Thursday 09:00-16:00 and messages may be left at all other times.
- Jerusalem, Holon, Bat Yam and Rishon Lezion residents should Contact Matav.
Requests to Provide Assistance
- Volunteers: Those interested in donating or volunteering (regularly or just for special tasks) are happily invited to join the volunteering community and may contact the information center.
- Collaborative Efforts: Those interested in offering relevant professional services may contact the program manager, Liza Amoyal: Lizaa@jdc.org.il
- The service is provided free of charge.
- Information based on the "Mishpacha Metapelet" website.
- English translation and maintenance by The Shira Pransky Project.