The human-animal connection has always been strong; for many of us, our pets are considered four-legged family members. In fact, studies show that interacting with pets can improve your health and wellbeing — whether that’s by encouraging you to get outside and socialize more, or simply providing companionship and comfort. To continue our annual tradition of donating to and engaging with local charities during the RIMS conference, we’re supporting Canine Companions and Veterinary Street Outreach Services (Vet SOS). These two organizations demonstrate our caring counts philosophy in their own ways by championing a better world for animals and their humans.
Get to know Canine Companions
Canine Companions, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities, provides trained service dogs at no charge to their clients. Since their founding in 1975, Canine Companions has provided more than 7,000 assistance dogs to people with disabilities. If a dog in training doesn’t become a service dog, it can transition to a new role as a therapy dog, several of which joined us in the Wellness ZENter this year. Sedgwick was pleased to present a check for $10,000 to Canine Companions to support their incredible mission.
Uplift Veterinary Street Outreach Services
As part of their mission, Veterinary Street Outreach Services (Vet SOS) provides the companion animals of homeless San Franciscans access to free veterinary care, food and pet supplies. Volunteers work to improve the health of companion animals, decrease the spread of infectious disease, and champion the welfare of homeless pet guardians and their animals. In addition to our financial contribution, we encouraged those who stopped by the Sedgwick meeting suites to assemble care bags. By the end of the week, attendees had assembled and distributed 300 to those in need.
Supporting organizations like Canine Companions and Vet SOS is part of what makes the annual RIMS Conference so special. We’re given a unique opportunity each year in the conference’s host city to expand our horizons, learn about new challenges and find ways we can work together to be part of the solution. We’re here to help embrace, elevate and expand your view — in the industry and beyond. In the meantime, watch the interview for more information and join us in supporting Canine Companions, Veterinary Street Outreach Services (Vet SOS), or an animal organization near you.
Pictured: Sedgwick and Canine Companions