FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Roseann Trezza, Executive Director
March 8, 2010
AHS to Give Long-Term Pet Care Information at Senior Expo
WHITING, NEW JERSEY – For years they are a true family member, give unconditional love, and even provide medically-proven health benefits. But what happens when our own advanced age, illness or a change in living conditions mean we can no longer care for our beloved pets?
Representatives from Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park will help ease those concerns with visitors of the Jersey Shore Retirement Expo at Crestwood Village 5, Saturday, March 27. The event, which is open to the public, runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the community’s center on Schoolhouse Road, Whiting.
“All too often, pet owners are left with a troubling question: what will happen to my pets should they outlive me? The same troubling questions may arise in the event a pet owner must go in to an assisted living facility, convalescent center, or other location,” said Roseann Trezza, Executive Director, Associated Humane Societies/Popcorn Park. “Many have no family to help care for their pets or who do not want the responsibility. Our seniors need to know they can turn to the Society for help.”
Ms. Trezza said the Society’s Forked River Animal Care Center is equipped with long-term living facilities for cats, dogs, birds or small animals. Expo visitors will have a golden opportunity to make arrangements for the lifetime care of their pets in the event of their incapacitation. Associated Humane representatives will staff a booth for the entire expo, ready to talk and provide written information to those who want to know more about having pets in their Will; adopting a pet and the benefits of bringing a pet into their homes.
The expo is the first of three that AHS representatives will attend. A second, also open to the public, will be held Saturday, April 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Quality Inn, Route 37 and Mule Road in Toms River. The third is open only to residents of Renaissance on Saturday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Anyone interested in the Societies’ long-term care program can visit the facilities at the Forked River facility located at Humane Way off West Lacey Road in Forked River. The Society is open to the public from noon until 5 p.m.
Those who cannot attend any of the sessions, but would like more information on long-term pet care, wills and planning for your pet or any of the other programs, please contact us via e-mail, or write and request printed brochures through AHS' Forked River shelter, PO Box 43, Forked River, NJ 08731.