For many people living on a fixed income, there is often no wiggle room when it comes to having something they may want versus something they truly need.
But thanks to a new collaborative outreach effort with Baytown Housing Authority, A Life to Live is ensuring that some local residents and their pets are able to breathe a bit easier.
“The idea developed from our desire to help pet owners within our community who are in financial need or on fixed incomes,” said Jay Garrett, founder and executive director of A Life to Live. “They may not have the luxury to afford a microchip for their pet. Or they may not have transportation to one of our microchip events where we offer a limited number of free chips.”
So A Life to Live began bringing the microchips directly to these pet owners and their four-legged companions.
On Sunday morning, June 11, we set up shop in the community building at Edison Courts, 1100 N. 10th St. There, trained team members provided free microchip implants to several dogs belonging to residents.
Along with the microchips, we also provided free pet food to those who needed it. It comes from our food bank program, which is supported entirely through donations from individuals and community partners.
“When you have families that are on fixed incomes, the joys of having a companion animal are often viewed as a luxury that they cannot afford,” said Cora Lanclos, property manager for Baytown Housing Authority. “So it means the world to our residents to know that there are options and agencies out there that can make their lives and the lives of their pets a priority.”
Baytown Housing Authority provides subsidized housing to low-income families, seniors and people with disabilities at several properties in Baytown. A Life to Live is planning similar outreach visits to Alexander Place Apartments, Olive Courts and Sam Houston Place.
“My dog, Buddy, just turned 5 months old. Getting him microchipped was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. If he ever gets lost, I feel good about my chances of getting him back safely,” said Edison Courts resident Patrick Kelley, a youth pastor with Dream Church in Baytown.
A microchip is a permanent ID for pets. It cannot fall off, weather or be removed. A microchip that is registered and up to date with accurate contact information can save a pet’s life.
At community events throughout the year, A Life to Live offers free and low-cost microchips for dogs and cats.
We provide these opportunities to:
• help owners recover their lost pets,
• decrease the number of pets killed in local shelters,
• free up kennel space in local shelters for animals that are truly homeless,
• decrease the amount of taxpayers’ money spent on euthanasia, and
• decrease the chances of an owner’s stolen pet from being re-homed or sold.
Check our calendar for information on upcoming microchip events. Some are held in partnership with local veterinarians.
Contact A Life to Live if you’re interested in sponsoring future microchip events.
Thanks to Cora Lanclos with Baytown Housing Authority for helping us plan the events at Edison Courts and the other properties. Also, thanks to Jessica Perez, public housing specialist, who was on site Sunday to help us interact with residents.
Written by David Berkowitz, public relations coordinator with A Life to Live.