Pets are Wonderful Support (PAWS) services help vulnerable individuals keep and care for their companion animals, who sometimes are clients’ sole (or best) source of love and support. At PAWS, we believe that the human-animal bond fosters the health of our clients, and feeds their spirit as well. Multiple studies have shown the medical, psychological, and social benefits of having a companion animal, especially for people with a disabling mental or physical illness.
If you sign up to volunteer at a Folsom event and select Major Beneficiary PAWS as your beneficiary, please refer any questions to Volunteer Coordinator Chellee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annually, PAWS serves almost 600 clients, all San Francisco residents. All clients have monthly gross in-comes of $1,850 or less; many have incomes of less than $1,000 per month. Because PAWS clients are low-income, an essential aspect of their work is reducing the cost of having a pet, particularly through their Animal Food Bank and free and subsidized veterinary care: