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Challenging times look different for everyone. When they happen and someone has a pet in need of care, the Pet Assist program is available to help. And, as you’ll read, Bill and Arya’s story shines a light on how the program helps pets and their owners directly, as well as benefits them in the long run.

Arya is Bill’s baby, and this sweet kitty is his reason for living. During a difficult period, Bill made a questionable choice and ended up having to serve time in jail for a few weeks. Neither Bill’s roommate nor his sister Margaret was able to care for Arya. With no other options, Margaret came to the Dumb Friends League to relinquish the much loved Arya. It was during this visit that Margaret learned about the Pet Assist program.

“It was a few days before I could video conference with Bill during his incarceration,” said Margaret. “When I did, Bill cried in front of everyone when he learned Arya was safe, and he would get her back.”

When Margaret was able, she claimed Arya and kept her until Bill was back home. As sometimes happens when pets are in new environments, it takes them time to adjust, and their behaviors change. This lovely kitty missed her human.

“Arya barely ate and didn’t perk up until she went home to Bill. Then, she started eating more and putting on the weight she’d lost,” said Margaret.

For those faced with having to give up their pet because they can’t afford to board their animal and they don’t know anyone who can help, the Pet Assist program is a remarkable resource. Stephanie Hunt, the League’s foster department supervisor, said “It’s so rewarding to be able to relieve the stress of struggling to provide for the furry members of your family while also struggling to find a job, put food on the table or put a roof over your own head.”

A family is a family no matter how it is made up. Arya was Bill’s family, and the reverse was true, as well.

“Since getting out and realizing how close he came to losing Arya, Bill has worked at putting his life back together, and he’s doing better,” said Margaret. “Without the Pet Assist program, I don’t know what would have become of either of them.”

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