Update December 26, 2019: Because of your generous donations, Dr. Foca and Phen, our Practice Manager, got to play Santa Claus to the residents at Independence Village on Monday! Pictured with Phen is David, the Resident Relations Director, and his wife, Michelle, who coordinated our adventure. Beyond the donated goods, almost $1000 - which RCAH will match - was donated as well which will provide veterinary care to countless pets that reside in the Village. Thank you so much for everyone who helped us give the people at the Village a wonderful Christmas!
December 3, 2019:
I opened Raleigh Community Animal Hospital in 2015 and every holiday season, I’ve been intentional with giving back to our community. We have provided meals at Thanksgiving, we have partnered with Choices for Children and the Raleigh Rescue Mission to adopt families and provide Christmas for children and homeless and this year something was stirred within my heart to think outside of the box.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, aging seniors who are socially isolated are at higher risk for depression, especially during the Holidays. While aging can bring wisdom and experience, there are inevitable losses that even the healthiest of seniors face - energy and mobility levels often decrease, resulting in feelings of lost independence and opportunities, loneliness and in some cases, abandonment.
I’ve seen that loneliness, the hurt, the fear that too many grandparents, aging parents, neighbors, and our senior community experience.
So, instead of a adopting a family for Christmas – Raleigh Community Animal Hospital has adopted a Village.
Independence Village of Olde Raleigh offers independent and assisted living services to our senior community. What is even more exciting is that Independence Village recognizes the joy and companionship that pets bring and thus, we have partnered with them to provide veterinary care to the pets living at the Village.
We would be honored to have you join us in loving on these seniors and their pets. We have set up an account in the Independence Village name and if would like to donate to this account, we are willing to match every donation. There are a host of pets within that have medical needs and these seniors desperately want to provide such but their funds are often too minuscule to accommodate. That’s where we come in – to provide hope, to offer love, to show respect, to make a difference!
Merry Christmas, Dr. Teresa
We have set up an account at the hospital to collect all donations, if you would like to add to it drop by or give us a call anytime. If you would like to donate items for the pets -- they are in particular need of dog and cat food, cat litter, and cat boxes -- or the people -- they need toilet paper, paper towels, toothpaste, shampoo, bath soap, and liquid dish soap -- you can bring those to the hospital as well. Thank you!
Below is a sampling of the pets we will be helping