PALS (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors)
PALS provides assistance with food and basic preventative veterinary care for the pets of our homebound clients.
A pet can provide much needed companionship and helps reduce the isolation and loneliness that many of our clients experience. As one client wrote to us, “God Bless you for thinking about our little pets. I love and adore my kitty more than anything or anyone on Earth. I couldn’t live a day without him.”
Want to get involved?
1. Pet Transport for Veterinary Visits: (critical need on weekdays in Williamson County)
PALS matches clients with volunteers to transport their pet(s) to veterinary appointments for spay/neuter surgery and annual vaccinations. Volunteers use their own vehicle to pick up cats and/or dogs, drive them to the clinic, and take them home when done. Animals are expected to be transported in crates or carriers. Volunteers are called upon as needed with advance notice of appointments. Made possible by TVMF partnership and support by Emancipet.
2. Delivery of Pet Food and Supplies:
Volunteers are also needed to deliver pet food and supplies to clients.
Monthly Pet Food Routes: Volunteers pick-up pet food on the 2nd Saturday of each month and deliver to the homes of multiple clients in need. New volunteers start as substitute drivers and are able to take on a regular route in the area of town they choose as routes become available. At this time, PALS has no unassigned monthly delivery routes.
For all pet food and supply deliveries, volunteers use their own vehicle. All pick-ups occur at our East 5th Street location.
3. Dog Walking
Since the majority of our clients are homebound, their dogs sometimes suffer from a lack of regular exercise, and even socialization. PALS is looking for volunteers in East and South Austin areas to be matched with one or more clients for walking their dogs. Walks can be weekly or more frequent if your schedule allows. This is a great way for families to volunteer together!
PALS program accepts monetary and in kind donations. To designate a financial donation to PALS, click this link.
PALS is able to easily utilize donations of cat litter, as well as cat and dog food, especially dry Purina Cat Chow and Purina Dog Chow. We also accept new or gently used pet supply items such as collars, leashes, bedding, toys, scratching posts, etc… Donations may be dropped off at Meals on Wheels and More at 3227 East 5th Street, Monday through Thursday, 8am to 5pm, and Friday, 8am to 3:30pm.
If you have any questions or want to volunteer, please contact the PALS Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-476-6325.
Learn more about wonderful clients and their furry friends who receive assistance from PALS.