Publication date: 12/23/2021 6:54:22 PM
Modified date: 12/23/2021 6:54:07 PM
Northampton – Each year, the nonprofit Community Behavioral Health Agency Clinical Options and Support (CSO) meets clients who choose to sacrifice their in-house treatment because they have no one to look after their pets in their absence.
To help eliminate this barrier, the agency is seeking online donations to the CSO Clients Emergency Pet Care Fund at csoinc.org/pets. The goal is to raise $25,000, which will provide pet grooming, pet grooming, and limited veterinary care to about 20 clients.
“We are seeing clients sacrifice their behavioral health care because they fear what will happen to their dogs or cats in the meantime,” Karen Jeffers, CSO President and CEO, said in a press release. “We need to be able to build a safety net that adequately accommodates the client’s companion animals. We need the guardians of our clients to feel safe enough about their pets so that they can proceed with much-needed treatments.”
According to the release, CSO refers around 1,400 clients each year from its clinics in Athol, Greenfield and Northampton for some type of overnight care – which could be crisis/residency, detox, hospitalization or emergency shelter accommodation. In each of these areas, there have been delays that focus primarily on pet accommodations.
“We see him a few times a year,” Jeffers said. “For people whose pets are family members, it is not acceptable to give them up. Therefore, we are working on solutions.”
To make an online donation to the Emergency Pet Care for CSO Clients Fund, visit csoinc.org/pets. Checks can also be paid to CSO and mailed to 8 Atwood Drive, Suite 301, Northampton, MA 01060.
Online applications are now available for Henry David Thoreau Foundation Scholarships.
The Foundation awards four-year college scholarships of up to $20,000 to eight to 10 students who graduate from public or private high schools in Massachusetts. As Henry David Thoreau Scholars, these selected Seniors may enroll in any college or university in the world while majoring or minoring in an environment-related field.
According to a press release from Jackie Miller, Senior Officer at the Henry David Thoreau Foundation, Henry David Thoreau scholars have studied a variety of environment-related fields, including biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs, and environmental law, and upon completion of their undergraduate degrees, They became members of the Henry David Thoreau Society.
The Henry David Thoreau Foundation also assists scholarship winners by identifying environment-related internships, offering internship stipends and providing networking opportunities, the release continues.
To learn more about the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and scholarships, visit oreauscholar.org. Students can apply online until February 1, 2022.