Adelle Taylor founded the Senior Pet Assistance Network in 2007.

Some years ago we told you about White Rock area resident Adelle Taylor, the 80-year-old who started an organization that would help senior citizens properly care for their pets.

As people get older, they sometimes lose the physical ability and/or financial foundation needed to take care of their pets. But often those pets have been their companions for many years. The thought of it broke Taylor’s heart so she did something about it by founding the Senior Pet Assistance Network which has helped keep many pets and owners — such as East Dallasites Gerald and Poquito here — together.

Today SPAN announced that Taylor will retire as president and hand over leadership to Sue McComb, who speaks highly of Taylor’s efforts to date.

Gerald Lowe and Poquito were able to remain roomies, thanks to SPAN.

“It takes a caring and purposeful person like Adelle to accept a challenge and work tirelessly on behalf of others,” says the new president.  “Who would have thought that such a simple effort would become a campaign of such large proportions?”

SPAN works with established Dallas senior agencies including: The Senior Source of Dallas, Advocacy Center for the Elderly, Senior Adult Services of Carrolton and others, to determine eligibility for receiving assistance.

Today, SPAN provides seniors across the Metroplex with pet food and veterinarian services. With the current economic climate, the need for SPAN services is even more critical, representatives say.

“We are going forth on a continued path of helping others. If you are an individual, a family or an organization looking to volunteer or donate to an animal or senior program, SPAN is a perfect opportunity,”  says Taylor, who despite retirement plans to stay involved.

If you would like to volunteer or donate to SPAN, please email Senior organizations who would like to partner with SPAN can also make a request through this email.For more information about SPAN’s programs, visit and follow them on Twitter @SeniorsPets.

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