Dec 072010
Authors: Kate Reitinger

If Lori Kogan could spend $25,000 in the veterinary medicine profession, it would be on her non-profit, Pets Forever, which helps elderly residents maintain the vital human-animal bond for as long as possible.

Kogan, an associate professor in the clinical sciences, applied for the potential funding through Heska, which was formed by veterinarians to help professionals in their industry provide the best care. The contest counts on citizen votes cast before Dec. 15 to determine the cause that will receive $25,000.

Pets Forever is up against three other finalists –– one that would help advert the extinction of an amphibian species, one that would provide pet-care education to young children and another that would establish a successful disaster response for animals throughout the world.

If Kogan and Pets Forever receive the largest number of votes, she said the “money will be used to help pet owners with veterinary care when their animals become sick or injured.”

Laura Gould, a volunteer for Pets Forever said the program provides several services for seniors and their pets including “in-home care, transportation of the pet from the vet and groomer and home delivery of supplies for the pet.”

The program currently works with CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital to give clients of the program free vaccinations. The program also spays and neuters the animals if needed, Gould said.

To vote for Pets Forever, visit

Staff writer Kate Reitinger can be reached at

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