March 14, 2024

Humane Society of Greater Dayton Launches Innovative Program to Provide Resources to Pet Owners in Need

By: The Humane Society of Greater Dayton

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton is proud to announce the launch of its groundbreaking One Health Program, aimed at providing comprehensive support and resources to pet owners facing challenges beyond veterinary care for their pets.

 

This initiative underscores the organization’s commitment to serving not just the animals in their care, but also people and their owned pets. The cornerstone of the One Health Program is the recent appointment of a dedicated One Health Program Manager, a licensed social worker who is uniquely qualified to assist clients who may be experiencing pressing needs affecting their overall world (One Health) outside of the veterinary care needed for their pets.

 

In this multifaceted role, the new One Health Program Manager will serve as a passionate advocate for the Humane Society’s veterinary clients, working through many service organizations in our community to address a wide range of issues and needs. With One Health programming, the Humane Society of Greater Dayton is prepared to help meet the overall diverse needs of their veterinary clients. Whether it’s lack of fundamental resources from food insecurity, homelessness, utility insufficiency, financial hardships or other struggles, the program aims to offer guidance, support, and advocacy in order to connect people with needed resources to ensure both owners and their pets can thrive.

 

“Being in a state of need can be overwhelming especially when you may be struggling to help your furry family members. Accessing the resources you need, outside of veterinary care, to help you or your family can be complex and unclear,” said Brian Weltge, President & CEO of the Humane Society of Greater Dayton. “This new program at the Humane Society of Greater Dayton will operate as a liaison and advocate for guiding and connecting our clients to the vital resources available in our community to address their needs. Our One Health Program will pave the way to more peace of mind & comfort for our clients and their families.”

 

The One Health program will encompass various initiatives, including involvement with clients at the Dayton Humane Veterinary Hospital as well as help with organizational programs including Trap-Neuter-Return and Cruelty and Neglect Investigations. Additionally, the program manager will offer guidance and advocacy during veterinary appointments, lending support to ensure that pet owners understand complex medical issues or treatment options.

 

“We recognize that thriving communities are built on the foundation of compassion and support,” added Weltge. “By launching the One Health Program, we’re extending a helping hand to those who need it most, fostering a stronger, more resilient community for both pets and people.”

 

The Humane Society of Greater Dayton invites community members to learn more about the One Health Program by contacting our Dayton Humane Veterinary Hospital at (937) 965-4399. Together, we can create a healthier and more compassionate community for pets and their owners. This program was made possible by grant funding received by the Humane Society of Greater Dayton.


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