PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support)

What is PAWS?

PAWS (Pets Are Wonderful Support), a proud program of EFA, provides resources to people living with HIV/AIDS so they can keep pet companions as long as possible.  PAWS strongly supports the deep bond between people and pets: we are family!  PAWS strives to ensure that clients do not experience the loss of pets due to financial hardship, lack of transportation, or hospitalization.  We also do our best so that the expenses of caring and keeping a pet do not jeopardize the health and well-being of our clients. 

Pets are truly a source of unconditional love and support that is irreplaceable to all, especially those living with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other immune-compromising conditions.

Cute Shaggy Brown Dog



How PAWS Helps People and Their Pets

  • Supplies pet food, heartworm and flea/tick preventative medications

  • Provides discounted veterinary services through PAWS partner vets

  • Facilitates pet education for people with compromised or suppressed immune systems

  • Provides information and other resources to clients in the program to keep their pets healthy and well, while maintaining their own health.

How You Can Help PAWS

  • Donate gift cards and supplies            

  • Financial donation (click to make one today!)

  • Assistance on food day, which takes place on the
    third Saturday of each month

  • Delivery of food and supplies

Cute gray cat with gorgeous blue eyes


Can PAWS Help Me?

Each PAWS client must qualify in four (4) ways.

  1. Actively enrolled and up-to-date in the Ryan White Case Management system.

  2. Have had the pet in the home for at least six months.

  3. The pet must be spayed or neutered.

  4. The client must be at or below 200% of FPL

If you think you may qualify, or want to verify your qualifications, please contact your Ryan White case manager and ask about a PAWS referral.

There is a wait list for PAWS due to expanding community need.  While waiting to access PAWS services, please check out these resources, compiled by the PAWS Program Coordinator, to find help for pet food costs, veterinary expenses, and spay/neuter services!

Thank You To:

Your generous donation will help the animals in our PAWS program!

For more information please contact PAWS Coordinator, Melissa Alper, at 314-333-6660.