PAW Fund

PAW Fund

PO Box 99485
Emeryville, California 94662
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E-mail: pawfund@aol.com

The idea behind Paw Fund is simple. They help people help their pets.

They know your animal companion means a lot to you. And they know that sometimes, it’s hard to afford the basic costs of caring for a pet. That’s where Paw Fund can help.

Paw Fund runs free vaccine clinics every month. They also offer free and low-cost health services like spaying and neutering. And they can often provide pet supplies and information (in both English and Spanish) to help you care for your dog or cat.

Alameda County, Contra Costa County, veterinary services for families in need, dog rescue

The economy is taking a dire toll on families, and unprecedented numbers of dogs are ending up in shelters and rescues as a result. All too often, abandonment is the result of the dog developing a medical issue and the financially strapped owner being told that the only option for treatment, when one exists at all, is surrendering the dog.

When the dog has otherwise been well cared for and the family is otherwise happy together, this is a huge lose-lose-lose. It's a lose for the humans who have their hearts broken, it's a lose for the shelter or rescue that has scarce resources taken up for a dog who might otherwise be able to stay home. And it's especially a lose for the dog in the all too common situation where shelter personnel decide he's prohibitively expensive to treat and euthanize him instead. Recognizing this situation, two local organizations recently have been formed to help keep dogs with their families by providing veterinary services to those who need them, regardless of finances. In San Francisco, the San Francisco Veterinary Medical Association just launched San Francisco Aid for Animals. Meanwhile, in the East Bay, the PAW Fund has hosted vaccination clinics and provided everything from flea treatment to major surgery to dogs who otherwise faced a grim future. They can use help in all forms, from volunteers to donated vehicles, so please pitch in if you can!

Thanks to  San Francisco Aid for Animals, Riot, shown here with his dad Peter, received lifesaving surgery and is now back with his family. more »
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