Knox PAWS (Placing Animals With Seniors)
Knox PAWS matches eligible seniors with adoptable pets. Research indicates that pets improve seniors’ physical, emotional, and mental health. The Knox PAWS program works with area animal shelters to match senior pets with senior citizens.
Office on Aging’s Project LIVE staff match income-eligible seniors with adoptable older pets identified by animal center staff. Program participants must be 60 years of age or older, residents of Knox County, income-eligible, and live independently in a pet-friendly environment.
If participants cannot afford pet food, it is provided through the Feed A Pet Project (a partnership of the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and RSVP). Pets adopted by Knox PAWS participants are given an initial medical exam, vaccinated, given a microchip, are spayed or neutered, and are provided with six months of heartworm and flea prevention medication.