PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)

What is PAWS?

PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), a proud program of EFA, provides resources to people living with HIV/AIDS so they can keep pet companions as long as possible.  PAWS strongly supports the deep bond between people and pets: we are family!  PAWS strives to ensure that clients do not experience the loss of pets due to financial hardship, lack of transportation, or hospitalization.  We also do our best so that the expenses of caring and keeping a pet do not jeopardize the health and well-being of our clients. 

Pets are truly a source of unconditional love and support that is irreplaceable to all, especially those living with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other immune-compromising conditions.

 

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How PAWS Helps People and Their Pets

  • Supplies pet food, heartworm and flea/tick preventative medications

  • Provides discounted veterinary services through PAWS partner vets

  • Facilitates pet education for people with compromised or suppressed immune systems

  • Provides information and other resources to clients in the program to keep their pets healthy and well, while maintaining their own health.

How You Can Help PAWS

  • Become a dog-walker!  Volunteer to walk dogs in your neighborhood for community service hours, exercise, and to help support our clients and their pups!

  • Provide transportation round-trip for our clients and their pet to visit the vet or groomer.  Must provide valid driver's license and current liability and collision insurance.

  • Become a foster family.  Occasionally, a client will need medical care and treatment in the hospital.  When this happens, we need a few individuals willing to take a cat or a dog here and there for short amounts of time.  Food will be provided by the pet owner.  Please call 314.399-2396 if you are interested in this opportunity!

  • Deliver food and other pet-care supplies to our clients around the region.

  • Donate gift cards and pet supplies

  • Financial donation (click to make one today!)

  • Assist on food day, which takes place in the morning on the third Saturday of each month

  • Attend Art of PAWS and Thirst For Life!

 

Can PAWS Help Me?

Each PAWS client must qualify in four (4) ways.  You must be:

  1. Actively enrolled and up-to-date in the Ryan White Case Management system.

  2. Have had the pet in the home for at least six months.

  3. The pet must be spayed or neutered.

  4. The client must be at or below 200% of FPL.

If you think you may qualify, or want to verify your qualifications, please contact your Ryan White Case Manager and ask about a PAWS referral.

There is a wait list for PAWS due to expanding community need.  While waiting to access PAWS services, please check out these resources, compiled by the PAWS Program Coordinator, to find help for pet food costs, veterinary expenses, and spay/neuter services!

Thank You To:

Your generous donation will help the animals in our PAWS program!

For more information please contact the PAWS Coordinator at PAWS@stlefa.org or call 314-399-2396.