We strive to keep pets and people together by providing financial assistance and resources necessary to keep bonded pets and humans together and reduce the number of pets surrendered to local animal shelters and rescues.
To create communities where pets and people can live together without fear of seperation due to low income or homelessness, to make pet care more accessible to the underserved and reduce the number of owner surrenders to local shelters and rescues.
ADVOCACY- Breaking down barriers and stereotypes that hinder pet ownership through community outreach programs and education.
OUTREACH- We strive to create compassioH te pet support programs while assisting the needs of caring pet owners -without judgement.
RESCUE- We believe the best kind of rescue happens in the home. We value the efforts of our volunteers, donors, community partners and sponsors and their role in keeping pets and people together.
Free to low-cost veterinary care is a lifeline that Paw Street provides for low-income families with furry family members. When a beloved companion animal needs assistance, Paw Street wants to help make that happen.
According to the National Humane Society, there are 20 million pets in poverty right now.
Imagine how many struggling families that means. How many families are working hard to keep their pets in their family – making hard decisions between putting food on the table and getting vital pet food for their animals?
We know that veterinary care expenses can overwhelm a small budget and make it impossible to get adequate care. We know all too well the agony and heartbreak that pet owners feel when they are forced to sacrifice the unconditional love and companionship of a pet they care so deeply for, simply because they are struggling financially.
2023 was a busy year for us at Paw Street and that is putting the facts mildly. Requests for assistance to help with the cost of treating a sick or injured pet is expected to rise in 2024.
As anyone with a pet can imagine, the cost of vet care and other basic needs for pets can drain our funds very quickly, which is why it is of utmost importance that any funds we provide for any kind of assistance are replenished quickly so we can continue to maintain a healthy reserve for local pets in need.
For all the reasons mentioned above-we are always reaching out to people and businesses for help each year.
If you live or do business in Posey, Warrick, Vanderburgh and Gibson counties in Southern Indiana and care about the pets and people in your community, please give to Paw Street Inc so we can continue to provide financial assistance to help bonded pets and humans remain together during difficult times.
Please continue to scroll through our page groups to learn more about the kind of services and items we can provide, read Important FAQS for pet owners and caseworkers, fill out an application for assistance and other important information about Paw Street Inc. and our partners.
Paw Street Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Charity organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Available March-August while supplies last.
Cost for surgery varies from $0 to $25
Some restrictions apply.
Free public service to anyone!
For low-income property owners with a hole in their fence that allows a pet to get loose. We cannot fix a fence if you rent.
For pet illnesses and injuries that do not require immediate, emergency care. Approval for vet care assistance is based on the estimated cost of treatment and available funding.
First time offense. Fixed pets only!
Free referral services for pets and people.
NOTICE: We do not provide assistance for puppies or kittens except for spay/neuter vouchers.
ALL PETS MUST BE FIXED except those that have certain medical conditions or age issues. Owners must provide proof that a pet is fixed or confirm upcoming appointment for spay/neuter surgery.
Some exceptions apply.
Pet owners with qualifying income that also meet certain other criteria. Owners must reside in Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick or Gibson Counties in Southern Indiana.
Adult dogs and cats only.
We DO provide spay and neuter vouchers for puppies and kittens as well as adult pets. If you have a pet in crisis that is not a dog or cat, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We do our best to help as many sick and injured pets as possible. We only provide vet care assistance to ESTABLISHED pets. Approval depends on the cost of treatment and whether prognosis is favorable for all non-emergency vet care and of course, amount of funds available. We also provide clients with resources such as grant referrals and fundraising ideas to help close in the money gap.
All clients seeking financial assistance for veterinarian care of a sick or injured pet must first exhaust all other resources such as CareCredit or other credit cards, savings, asking for help from family, friends and in cases where cost is high - hosting a fundraiser to help cover costs of treatments by a veterinarian.
Financial Assistance WILL NOT be approved for any medical care, diagnostic tests or treatment that has already taken place. We DO NOT reimburse clients for bills that have been previously paid. An itemized estimate of care MUST be sent to PAW STREET from a veterinarian before financial assistance can be approved.
In some cases, we cannot provide financial assistance if there is a previous balance due to the attending veterinarian.
In cases where cost will be substantial, Clients may be referred to other outside organizations that provide a portion of financial assistance for vet care. We may ask pet parents to provide some amount towards the cost of vet care or host a fundraiser campaign to cover a portion of the vet bill.
**In most cases, Paw Street is not able to provide financial assistance for After Hours Emergencies or Specialty Pet Hospitals.
It's important to know that we only provide TEMPORARY assistance for pets that have well established bonds and a positive history with their owners.
We do not provide assistance to new pet owners, breeders or community cat caregivers. Contact us if you need help finding other organizations that provide assistance to pet owners who fall in these categories.
Applicants must live in a household where at least one pet owner is working, actively seeking work or receives income from a government benefit such as SSDI/SSI. It is crucial that pet owners can provide food and basic care for their pets most of the time. We understand that there are circumstances that make employment difficult, even impossible for some pet owners. Persons who do not work due to certain circumstances may be asked to explain their current situations and/or provide verifying documentation.
Pet owners that are homeless, accepted into transitional housing or seeking/living in pet friendly housing-
A referral from a caseworker or landlord is needed in order to receive financial assistance for vaccinations and free spay and neuter procedures.
$25 spay/neuter vouchers are available to all other pet owners with qualifying incomes.
All pets must be spayed or neutered in order to receive financial assistance. If you have a sick or injured pet that is not fixed at the time, we offer free to low cost spay/neuter options that must be agreed upon before approval for vet care can be granted.
We ask that all pet owners who receive financial assistance from Paw Street to please consider donating back to Paw Street if they become more financially stable at a later time. We also encourage all pet owners who receive assistance from Paw Street Inc. to give back by volunteering in their community. To find out where you can volunteer in your community, give us a call or send us a message for a list of charity organizations that need help.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Client/Pet transportation is NOT provided by Paw Street Volunteers. Clients are expected to provide their own transportation to and from vet appointments, low-cost vaccination clinics and pet supply pickups. Ask us about pet friendly Rideshare/ Bus transportation in your county.
Just scroll down to the Application Section on this page and click on the "Apply Now" button located under our logo. Fill out the information on the application and submit!
After you submit your application, you will receive an email from a member of the Paw Street team with important information.
Please upload copies of your required documents to your device or computer and have them ready to email to us once we request them.
BE SURE TO PROVIDE A CURRENT AND VALID EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR APPLICATION. CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT DAILY FOR RESPONSES FROM PAWSTREET.ORG AND REPLY IMMEDIATLEY. APPLICATIONS WILL BE DENIED IF WE DO NOT RECIEVE RESPONSES FROM PET OWNERS.
Please do not fill out an application until you have read through our FAQ Section. Approvals for assistance are based on household income and availability.
PLEASE NOTE: WE WILL BE CLOSED FEB. 5-11, 2024. If you have a pet emergency, please contact your veterinarian or dial 211 to find other resources.
Paw Street Inc. receives 100% of funding from private donations. We promise that every dollar donated will be used to support owned pets in need so they can remain with the humans they love and trust. We will be diligent in our efforts to make sure that every donation we receive is used wisely and with great purpose.
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