A few weeks ago, I went to a fundraising event for PAWS, a fabulous organization in San Francisco that provides companion animal services to medically vulnerable individuals. Say what?
As they explain on their website, "PAWS began as volunteers mobilized in response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in San Francisco. While serving at The San Francisco AIDS Foundation Food Bank in 1986, volunteers noticed that some clients were neglecting their own nutrition and feeding donated food to their animal companions instead. With the belief that no person should have to choose between feeding themselves or their beloved pets, the volunteers created a special food bank to carry pet food and supplies. The demand for this new service was overwhelming and, in October 1987, PAWS became an independent, nonprofit organization."
They now provide comprehensive services for over 800 clients and their companion animals free of charge. Ranging from delivery of pet food and supplies to dog-walking and paying for veterinary services - you can volunteer to help in any of these areas. Another way to actively involved... the upcoming Doggone Fun Run! (Yes, that pun was totally intended).
As always, an easy way to stay connected is to like their Facebook page for updates on the latest and greatest. Meow!