Regional Notebook: Dec. 23, 2021

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Published: 12/23/2021 6:54:22 PM
Modified: 12/23/2021 6:54:07 PM
CSO seeks donations for emergency pet care fund

NORTHAMPTON — Each year, nonprofit community behavioral health agency Clinical & Support Options (CSO) encounters clients who choose to sacrifice their own inpatient treatment because they have no one to care for their pets in their absence.

To help eliminate that barrier, the agency is seeking online donations to its “Emergency Pet Care for CSO Clients” fund at csoinc.org/pets. The goal is to raise $25,000, which would provide pet boarding, pet fostering and limited veterinary care for approximately 20 clients.

“We see clients sacrificing their own behavioral health care because they’re afraid of what will happen to their dogs or cats in the meantime,” CSO President and CEO Karin Jeffers said in a press release. “We need to be able to build a safety net that will appropriately accommodate client companion animals. We need our client guardians to feel safe enough about their pets that they move forward with their much-needed treatments.”

According to the release, CSO refers about 1,400 clients each year from its clinics in Athol, Greenfield and Northampton for some sort of extended overnight care — that could be a crisis/respite stay, detox, hospitalization or emergency shelter placement. In each of these areas, there have been cases of deferment centered primarily on pet accommodations.

“We see it a number of times each year,” Jeffers said. “For folks whose pets are considered family members, it’s not an acceptable choice to abandon them. So, we’re working to find solutions.”

To make an online donation to CSO’s “Emergency Pet Care for CSO Clients” fund, visit csoinc.org/pets. Checks can also be made payable to CSO and mailed to 8 Atwood Drive, Suite 301, Northampton, MA 01060.

Scholarship applications available through Feb. 1

Online applications are now available for scholarships from the Henry David Thoreau Foundation.

The foundation awards four-year collegiate scholarships of up to $20,000 to eight to 10 students graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts. As Henry David Thoreau Scholars, these select seniors may enroll in any college or university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally related field.

According to a press release from Henry David Thoreau Foundation Senior Administrator Jackie Miller, Henry David Thoreau Scholars have studied a wide variety of environmentally related areas, including biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs and environmental law, and upon completing their undergraduate degrees, they became members of the Henry David Thoreau Society.

The Henry David Thoreau Foundation further assists its scholarship winners by identifying environmentally related internships, offering internship stipends and providing networking opportunities, the release continues.

To learn more about the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and scholarships, visit thoreauscholar.org. Students can apply online until Feb. 1, 2022.


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