Pets are important for health and emotional well being. For people living with HIV/AIDS, the mental and physical health benefits of having pets are even more important. In addition to providing companionship, pets give their owners joy, comfort, and unconditional love so needed while battling this terrible illness.
Many Capital Region residents dealing with a loss of income, medical bills, and extended hospital stays, can no longer afford pet food, proper veterinary care or to take proper care of their pets. Tragically, many well-loved animal companions are given away.
History – PAWS NY Capital Region was started locally by a caring group of AIDS service providers, veterinarians, persons living with HIV/AIDS, local funding agencies, and other community members who saw the need for this service. The Albany Damien Center agreed to administer the program. Paws groups all over the US have played a vital role in ensuring that people are not separated from their animal companions when they need them the most.
Who is eligible – Residents of Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, and Rensselaer counties who are living with HIV/AIDS. Certain services are determined on an income basis. Pets include dogs and cats.