New York, NY, January 2014 – Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS NY) is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a second two-year grant from Amie’s Place Foundation, a foundation who funds organizations that create programs dedicated to keeping families and pets together. At an increase of $20,000, this new two-year grant totals $170,000.
In addition, since 2013, Amie’s Place Foundation has allocated to PAWS NY 25 free six-year MedicAlert memberships, totaling $6,250 from the Foundation’s Grant to MedicAlert Foundation International. These free memberships provide PAWS NY clients greater peace of mind with this “first-of-its-kind pet emergency contact feature with 24/7 emergency services and medical IDs which will ensure that their pets are taken care of should they face a crisis.”
Under the leadership of Founder and Executive Director Rachel Herman, coupled with the initial award in 2011, Amie’s Place Foundation has made it possible for PAWS NY to provide, at no fee, needed services to keep families with pets together. Specifically by funding its Housecall Program and Emergency and Foster Care Program, these two initiatives will enable PAWS NY to expand its programmatic footprint.
Through PAWS NY’s cornerstone program, the Housecall Program, dedicated volunteers visit New York City residents facing hardships and provide pet care assistance, such as dog walking, provision of food and water, litter box maintenance, and transportation to and from veterinary appointments. PAWS NY services help clients to keep their pets and continue to benefit from the human-animal bond.
PAWS NY’s Foster and Emergency Care Program provides care to clients’ pets when clients are hospitalized or facing medical emergencies. The free MedicAlert memberships awarded to PAWS NY provide added support.
When asked about the impact that PAWS NY services have had on her and her beloved dog, client Diane B. says, “I feel like PAWS has saved my life. I don’t know what I would do without PAWS.” Founder and Executive Director, Rachel Herman, adds, “We are so grateful to Amie’s Place for their unwavering support and strong commitment to our mission. This grant allows us to continue helping clients like Diane. It’s heartbreaking to think that there are people who love their pets but feel they have no other choice but to give them up – simply because they are experiencing physical obstacles that come with age, illness, or disability. We are fortunate to play a role in helping vulnerable members of our community and their pets stay together through thick and thin.”
To view the full press release, please click here: PAWS NY Press Release – 2014.01.22