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What is Pets Forever?

Towards the goal of ensuring the sustainability and growth of the mission of Pets Forever, local non-profit A Little Help will be taking over the operations of the Pets Forever client care program. W​​e are grateful to the staff of A Little Help and have appreciated serving you over the past decade.

What are the changes?

Since 2010, Pets Forever has been operating as an intergenerational, service learning course along with a Colorado State University affiliated program.  When Pets Forever was founded, no other program existed in Larimer County to help provide in-home pet services. As a result, Pets Forever was created to fill this need.

A Little Help is a statewide, Colorado-registered 501(c)(3) organization that provides in-home support and services for older adults. A Little Help expanded their service area into Northern Colorado in fall 2018. Pets Forever realized a unique opportunity had presented itself to leverage the mission and infrastructure A Little Help could offer while continuing to provide the critical in-home pet services needed by the clients of Pets Forever. As a result, the Pets Forever program will no longer operate as a stand-alone nonprofit. We are confident that this collaboration will ensure the sustainable growth and longevity of the mission of Pets Forever. 

Who is A Little Help?

A Little Help is a Colorado nonprofit that connects neighbors to help older adults live independently, with a high quality of life. It began in 2005 when a group of neighbors joined together to help older adults in their community age well at home. This model is based on the national Village Movement, which equips neighbors to deliver vital services, empowering seniors to age interdependently in their own homes, on their own terms.

In 2007, A Little Help incorporated as a 501(c)(3) with the vision of neighbors connected across generations, creating strong communities. The organization began in Denver and has since expanded services to Littleton, the Roaring Fork Valley, Fort Collins and Berthoud. They are beginning service in Loveland soon. Some of the services that A Little Help volunteers provide include transportation, snow removal, household support, intergenerational social and educational activities, friendly visits, and more.  Visit their website at www.alittlehelp.org for lots more information.

Does A Little Help provide pet care services?

A Little Help has provided some pet care services in the past.  Through the collaboration with Pets Forever, this area of support will be expanded.  The staff of A Little Help understands and values the mission of Pets Forever and is committed to continuing the vital support for the human-animal bond that Pets Forever clients value and rely on. 

What about the other services Pets Forever offers like veterinary care, grooming care, food program and nail trims?

A Little Help is focused on in-home services.  These auxiliary programs are not services that will be offered through A Little Help.  There are other organizations in Fort Collins and Loveland that provide support for veterinary care, pet food and transportation. Included in this letter are resources for veterinary care, pet food and transportation resources.  

How do I sign up to receive services from A Little Help?

If you wish to receive services from A Little Help, you will want to enroll directly with their program.  You can do this two ways:

  1. ​Log onto their website:
    1. Go to www.alittlehelp.org
    2. Click on the “get involved” tab on the top menu bar
    3. Click on the “Apply today” link.  This will send you to an online application.  Fill out this information.  Under the “services” section, choose “Pet Care”.  It is a really easy process.
  2. Call the A Little Help office to request a paper application at 970-412-9396.

Once A Little Help has gotten your completed application, you will receive a welcome call from their staff.  They will conduct an in-home visit to complete the sign-up process.  During this visit, their team will provide answers to any questions you may have about the process.  There is an annual membership fee that you choose based on your ability to pay.  The minimum suggested amount is $75 annually though you are welcome to pay more if you are able.  Since this process takes a little time, you may want to sign up sooner rather than later even though Pets Forever services will continue through the beginning of December.

Will CSU students and the university community continue to be involved?

Yes! Through this partnership, Pets Forever will continue as a service-learning course.  Students will sign up to provide pet care support through A Little Help.

When will all of this be happening?

Pets Forever will continue to operate as a non-profit program through the end of the fall 2019 semester (beginning of December). 

Pets Forever is happy to help you with any stage of the process or to answer questions. Please don’t hesitate to call. ​​​​​

​​Thank you to our sponsors

​Pets Forever wishes to gratefully acknowledge the generous support from the following organizations:

ASPCA

Pets Mart Charities

Animal Assistance

Banfield

Purina

Hemp my pet

grey muzzle
 

 Stray animal policy

 
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Stray animal policy

If you find a stray animal, please call the
Larimer Humane Society, 3501 E​. 74th St., Loveland, (Map​​), (970) 226-3647.

Please DO NOT bring stray animals to the hospital during these hours:
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

The hospital will accept stray animals when the Humane Society is closed:
Monday-Friday 6 p.m.-8 a.m.
Saturday-Sunday 4 p.m.-8 a.m.​​​

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 Pets Forever: The Student Experience

 
student experience
 

 The Impact of Pets Forever

 
pets forever client experience

Contact Us:
Colorado State University
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
300 West Drake Road
Fort Collins, Colorado, 80523

Phone:
(970) 491-7984

Fax:
(970) 297-1205

 
For Questions or to Enroll in Our Program:
 
Sarah Van Etten, Program Coordinator
(970) 491-0207 
 
Lori Kogan, PhD
(970) 491-7984