Humans and animals are important to each other. Both add value and quality to the other’s life.
Animals serve a variety of important purposes; providing nutrient-rich food, companionship, protection, medical research and assistance for people with mobility issues. What would our lives be like without animals?
Animals also benefit from humans; we supply them with food & water, a comfortable place to live, keep them healthy, protect them from predators and offer companionship.
I’m excited to tell you about an Ohio organization that celebrates the human-animal bond; the Animals for Life Foundation. The purpose of this Foundation is to provide information to the public about the value animals bring to human life and the care humans give their animals in return. The vision of the Foundation is to increase public acceptance and understanding of human-animal interdependency. As a dairy farmer, I like the common-sense mission of this organization.
The Animals for Life Foundation provides grants for projects that implement their vision. Some 2011 grants included funds to pay the veterinary bills of a therapy dog who interacts with children in an Alliance, OH classroom, funding to train therapy dogs for children with autism, and training for first responders regarding handling farm animals. Check out the Grants section of the Foundation website to learn more about the projects that received funding in 2011. You can also learn how to apply for a 2012 grant if you are in Ohio and have a project that aligns with the mission of the Foundation.
Follow the work of the Animals for Life Foundation on Facebook.