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PAWS - Pets are Wonderful Support

Albany, NY Capital Region

Imagine having a life threatening illness.  Now imagine having to go through it alone...

PAWS, Pets are Wonderful Support, NY Capital Region assists people living with HIV/AIDS in maintaining and caring for their pets.  We provide individualized support, information, supplies and assistance at no cost to eligible residents of the NY Capital Region.  PAWS currently serves 75 clients with 110 pets throughout the Capital Region, and we are proud to be able to offer such a valuable and needed service to our community.

Pets are important for health and emotional well being. For people living with HIV/AIDS, the mental and physical health benefits of having pets are even more important.  In addition to providing companionship, pets give their owners joy, comfort, and unconditional love so needed while battling this terrible illness.

Many Capital Region residents dealing with a loss of income, medical bills, and extended hospital stays, can no longer afford pet food, proper veterinary care or to take proper care of their pets.  Tragically, many well-loved animal companions are given away.

History - PAWS NY Capital Region was started locally by a caring group of AIDS service providers, veterinarians, persons living with HIV/AIDS, local funding agencies, and other community members who saw the need for this service.  The Albany Damien Center agreed to administer the program.  Paws groups all over the US have played a vital role in ensuring that people are not separated from their animal companions when they need them the most.

Who is eligible - Residents of Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Rensselaer counties who are living with HIV/AIDS. Certain services are determined on an income basis.  Pets include dogs and cats. 

To become a client of PAWS, contact PAWS: 
Website
518/944-3223 
info@pawsnycapitalregion.org  

 
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