Injured elderly woman able to keep her dog thanks to help from the Faith program

Thanks to the Faith program at the Florida Keys SPCA an elderly woman who is recovering from a severe fall gets to see her dog Ryan on a regular basis.

About a month ago Joyce Andrews fell in her Florida home. The 77-year-old suffered some painful injuries and is currently recovering at the Key West Health and Rehabilitation Center. Andrews is a widower and has no children. Her only family in the area is her dog, Ryan.

With no family to take care of Ryan, the Florida Keys SPCA’s Faith program stepped in to take care of Ryan. This year the Faith program has taken in 36 pets for their owners. Most of the owners are in rehabs, recovering from various issues. “It gives us the ability to keep animals in the homes as opposed to someone having to surrender the animals,” said executive director of the Keys SPCA Tammy Fox.

The Keys SPCA is currently looking for a long-term foster for Ryan. Until then he stays at the shelter, where he is doing well. Shelter employee David Dow takes Ryan to see Andrews every other day. “He gets excited,” said Andrews. She is just as grateful to be able to see Ryan. “If I didn’t have [the Faith program] to take care of him, I don’t know what would have happened.”

5 thoughts on “Injured elderly woman able to keep her dog thanks to help from the Faith program”

  1. I am so happy to see this,I am a granny with 2 cats but I have grandchild to take care of my cats if time comes for me.You are great to let people to see their loveds pets,it is also therapy for the people,animals a amazing therepeuts.Continue like this good work.I wish we had the same here in Finland.
    I am so sad to see that shelters put animals down when the owner is sick or dead and people just dont think animals are for ever commitments,not for fun and to have only a little time,no killing anymore,teach people to think 2-3-10 times before they take an animal.

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    • Ritta, Thank you, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Animals are a lifetime commitment, not just only as long as they are convenient or until someone new in your life finds them inconvenient or doesn’t like them. They have to be your priority. If you can’t say from the beginning that they are always going to be that priority then please do that animal a favor and don’t ever take it home in the first place.

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  2. Ritta, Thank you, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Animals are a lifetime commitment, not just only as long as they are convenient or until someone new in your life finds them inconvenient or doesn’t like them. They have to be your priority. If you can’t say from the beginning that they are always going to be that priority then please do that animal a favor and don’t ever take it home in the first place.

    Florida Key’s SPCA Faith Program, Thank you for all of the good work you accomplish. You undoubtedly provide a unique service for a great number of people that might otherwise have had to resort to unthinkable solutions had you not been available. It would truly be great if other centers used your program as an outline to form their own and begin similar programs through out the State and even around the Nation.

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  3. Pets visiting their family in a rehab is an incredible healing experience. It is a comfort for the patient and when they are emotionally happy they recover better. I brought my cocker spaniel Jake to see my father when he was in rehab it did wonders for not just my dad, but Jake developed quite a following. A man asked if he was a service dog. I said no he’s just a gentle little guy. He asked if I could bring Jake to see his wife who had a moderate brain injury. He said she hadn’t spoke since the accident. I brought him in and she patted him, smiled, and said nice dog. Her husband burst into tears. Jake visited her every time we went to see my dad and even after my dad was discharged. I adopted Jake just 2 months prior to that.

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