P.A.L.S. (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors)
Thanks to Barkitecture Austin for granting $4,000 to P.A.L.S.! Funds came from their annual event which auctions off amazing doghouses created by local architects, designers and builders.
P.A.L.S. 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:
P.A.L.S. 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, P.A.L.S. has no unassigned monthly delivery routes.
Substitute Route Drivers and One-Time Deliveries: In months when some regular drivers cannot make their deliveries, substitutes can volunteer to cover routes if they are able. P.A.L.S. also needs volunteers to make one-time deliveries to help clients that have short-term needs or who are on the waiting list for monthly pet food deliveries. These deliveries may happen any time during the month and can be picked up and delivered Monday-Saturday.
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. P.A.L.S. is looking for volunteers in some areas of Austin 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!
4. Stray and Feral Cat TNR (Trap Neuter Release) Program
Many of our clients have big hearts and feed stray and feral cats in their neighborhoods. However, one or two cats can quickly become a dozen or more if they are not spayed and neutered. The Austin Humane Society has a free program which provides spay/neuter surgery and rabies vaccinations for stray and feral cats. P.A.L.S. needs volunteers to set humane traps and transport cats to and from the clients’ homes for surgery. Training and supplies are provided. Volunteers can work in teams for added flexibility.
5. Bathing, Grooming and Nail Trims
Many of our clients are not able to afford basic grooming services for their pets, nor are they able to handle them on their own. P.A.L.S. needs volunteers who can perform these services for friendly dogs and cats in clients’ homes. P.A.L.S. has some basic grooming supplies for use, such as shampoo, towels, nail clippers and brushes. Some clients may have their own supplies as well. The P.A.L.S. coordinator can work to set up these visits to fit your schedule and area of town.
P.A.L.S. 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 P.A.L.S. Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 512-476-6325.