When The HSUS's Pets for Life team met Philadelphia resident Amalia Acosta and her dog, Fiero, in 2012, Amalia was in tears. She faced the tough decision of giving Fiero up: she loved him very much, but the strong and energetic dog was hard for the older woman, who had recently had heart surgery, to handle. Pets for Life swung into action, helping Amalia and Fiero get enrolled in dog training classes, where Amalia learned how to handle Fiero's energy and strength, and walk him safely on a leash. Four years on, Fiero and Amalia are still happily together and even have a new dog and a new cat in the family.
The Pets for Life program is a great example of the direct, hands-on work that The HSUS does in communities across the United States. Recently, this life-saving, life-changing program hit a major milestone: 100,000 pets helped with veterinary care and services in underserved communities. On Giving Tuesday today, we are celebrating and highlighting this unique program that keeps and supports pets in loving homes, and that has made such a meaningful impact in just the four years that it's been around.