Best Friends of Pets “Pets for Life: Serving People and Pets” (PFL)
Pets for Life, a program of the Humane Society of the United States, provides free veterinary care, services and information to people and their pets in communities with limited or no access to pet wellness resources. This groundbreaking approach opens doors and builds relationships in underserved communities through strategic, positive community engagement.
We are dedicated to bridging the gap between animal services providers and people and pets living in poverty. The program philosophy promotes the understanding that a lack of financial means does not equate to a lack of love for a pet. Everyone’s lives can be enhanced by a pet, and those who choose to should have the opportunity to experience the unconditional love and meaningful relationship a pet brings.
PFL focuses on Oklahoma City zip codes 73111 and 73114, which are pet resource deserts. By providing residents with consistent access to spay/neuter, basic pet wellness care, supplies and information for their pets, we are addressing the critical lack of accessible, affordable pet care in keeping pets healthy and happy in homes they already have. In partnership with local organizations, we offer referrals and aid in accessing health and social services. We help elevate the human-animal bond, which benefits the quality of life for people, pets and communities.
Would you like to partner with us to reach residents in our focus areas (let people know we’re here to help them and their pets, provide social service information, and more) or help locate available areas (parks, parking lots, etc.) for spay/neuter mobile clinics and vaccination/community outreach events in 73111 and 73114? Please call us at 405-418-8511, option 2.
In 2019, Best Friends of Pets was awarded a two-year Great Idea Challenge grant from Oklahoma City Community Foundation for its Pets for Life: Serving People and Pets program.
A core program of the Humane Society of the United States (the HSUS), Pets for Life (PFL) is driven by social justice and guided by the philosophy that a deep connection with pets transcends socio-economic, racial and geographic boundaries, and no one should be denied the opportunity to experience the benefits, joy and comfort that come from the human-animal bond.
Systemic inequity and institutional barriers create immense challenges for millions of people every day in accessing pet resources and information. Since 2011, PFL has been a thought leader in bringing attention and advocating for people who are routinely overlooked, and, in many instances, looked down upon.
PFL takes a comprehensive, long-term approach to addressing the inequity in and lack of access to pet resources people experience in underserved communities through door-to-door community outreach and pet owner support services. Providing free veterinary care, supplies, services and information to pet owners, the program builds trust and positive relationships within the communities that are served as opposed to staying on the periphery.