If you’ve ever watched an episode of The Simpsons, you may recognize Sam Simon’s name from the credits. Simon is the co-creator of the animated series, and has worked as producer and director for hit shows like Taxi, The Tracey Ullman Show, Cheers, and The Drew Carey Show. When not working on The Simpsons, Simon trades in his pen for paws. For years, he has been an active PETA fund-raiser, and since 2002, Simon has been dedicating himself to his own self-funded charitable program, The Sam Simon Foundation. The non-profit organization is one of L.A.’s largest free spay/neuter providers, helping low income pet owners receive care for their pet the foundation’s mobile clinic.
But The Sam Simon Foundation doesn’t stop there. The foundation truly lives up to their motto of “saving the lives of dogs to enrich the lives of people” through its efforts to rescue and rehabilitate homeless dogs. The Sam Simon team will care for and train these animals to become service dogs to those in need. Some dogs will become hearing dogs, assisting those with hearing handicaps, while others will go on to become loyal companions to military veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Even before the animals complete their training, the dogs will begin their work helping others by visiting people who reside in assisted living communities. Lending their loving hearts and friendly faces, the dogs spend time each month with the residents. The visits are mutually beneficial, allowing the dogs to gain valuable socialization skills, while improving the mental, physical, and emotional health of the people they visit.
Sam Simon with his own beloved dogs Casey, Petula, and Harvey
To learn more about what the foundation is doing to help dogs and humans alike, visit The Sam Simon Foundation website. You’ll also be able to view a list of adoptable pets, find free and low cost veterinary services, and receive tips and advice for choosing and caring for your shelter dog. The Sam Simon Foundation can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
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