$25 - City Pet Licensing Per Pet
$100 - Pet Boarding/Pet Training
$250 - Vaccination & Spay/Neuter for 2 pets
$500 - Assistance of Pet Owner & Pet into Permanent Housing
$1,500 - 3 months Administrative Cost & Staff (let's be honest, it's important)
$5,000 and up- Sponsorship Pet Owner Education Program for a year
$10,000 and up - Sponsorship of Expanding our Full Programs & Services into a New Shelter
Every dollar donated helps us deliver vital programs and services that empower homeless pet owners to unlock brighter futures. These programs support the individual’s full journey – from their first entry into a shelter right through to their transition into permanent housing.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of how your kindness helps us to help others…
PARTNERING TO SOLVE SHELTER PROBLEMS
Before a shelter can even allow pets, it must increase funding, case manager workloads, and staffing. It must build partnerships and coordination with pet resources, and implement new programs, training, and health and safety policies specific to pets in co-sheltering facilities.
Even this complicated process won’t address all the issues that may arise within shelters – from flea infestations to unexpected puppies, emergencies where pet owners are not available, and much more besides.
At PalsNPets, our total focus on homeless pet owners in co-sheltering environments means that we have a system already in place, comprising trained staff, partnerships, resource coordination, and policies. When existing shelters partner with us to overcome these barriers, we’re able to support them as they support pet owners.
It’s common for animals to enter our shelters with little to no medical history. Because they arrive from varied locations with different life experiences and exposure histories, these pets have a higher risk of infectious diseases and problem behaviors.
This makes having access to veterinary care essential for the health and wellbeing of both people and pets in co-sheltering facilities. At PalsNPets, we work regularly with veterinarians, and our experienced staff are well placed to identify those times when it’s necessary to seek professional assistance.
In order for a pet to be licensed, it must have up-to-date vaccinations, be spayed/neutered and microchipped. These simple requirements are designed to ensure the good health and wellbeing of the pet.
As part of our commitment to care for the needs of every pet that enters our shelters, PalsNPets offers all of these services.
The barriers to self-improvement don’t end when pet owners finally enter a shelter. In order to meet their personal goals and better their lives, they must attend programs designed to integrate them back into society. But, with no one to trust, it's difficult for them to leave their pet with just anyone.
Our dedicated onsite staff instantly develop relationships with every pet owner. Seeing us care for them and their pets day in, day out quickly builds trust, and this trust allows us to offer boarding and training for their pets. As a result, the owners can take care of their own needs, empowering them both to move forward.
Most people don’t realize that not only do individuals coming from the streets need to learn basic transitional skills, but their pets do too! From being housebroken or crate-trained, to living in close quarters with strangers, there are many skills that are simply not needed on the streets – but crucial when moving into housing.
Both the pet owners and pets must learn to redirect and address territorial behaviors and separation anxiety. The bond that comes from being together all day and night is a strong one, but as they move into shelters and commit to self-improvement, being alongside their pets 24/7 isn't realistic. This is where the intensive support delivered by PalsNPets comes into its own!
Most of those we work with are already great pet owners, but our Pet Parenting Program reinforces positive behaviors. It also builds on the shared love of pets to create connections among individuals who might not otherwise expect to get along.
The course is broken into eight weekly units: Unit 1 - Human Animal Bond / Unit 2 - Importance of Choosing the Right Pet / Unit 3 – Responsible Pet Parents and Safety / Unit 4 – Evolution of Pets / Unit 5 – Tales of Heroic Animals / Unit 6 – Can You Afford a Pet/Resources / Unit 7 – Expectations of Permanent Housing with Pets / Unit 8 – Careers Working with Animals.
In our sessions, individuals are inspired to share the connection, security and positivity pets have brought to their lives. This approach encourages social interactions, self-expression, the sharing of opinions, and the development of empathy.
Simply by attending each week and spending time sitting, listening, asking questions, and engaging, the program fosters a sense of motivation. Positive behaviors, life skills, and connections are quickly forged within this open and receptive atmosphere… And all because people drop their barriers when talking, learning, or listening about the animals they love!
"There is something magical that happens when there is a pet present amongst us human beings. Their love infiltrates our souls, bringing us humans closer together, in a manner no human being can. We should cherish this."
Iliana Belinc, Founder & Executive Director of PalsNPets
Many of those we help have medium-to-large dogs or restricted (‘aggressive’) breeds. This can present barriers when progressing into permanent housing. To help overcome this, we constantly seek-out and build relationships with providers of pet-friendly section 8 and permanent available housing.
We’ve also developed in-house programs, including professional pet evaluations, 8 weeks of pet education (our Pet Parenting Program), pet training, and services for each pet's health which comply with city pet laws. Having well-established relationships with our pet owners and their pets allows us to assure permanent housing providers that they will become a positive part of their new communities.
Inevitably, a proportion of the funds donated to any charity or non-profit must go toward sustaining that organization. At PalsNPets, we want to be 100% transparent about how that works.
90% of our organization is operated by a team of wonderful volunteers. These volunteers typically work in the face-to-face front-line roles. While challenging, these roles also deliver huge psychological rewards.
But what about those who hold less rewarding – but equally vital – positions? After all, maintaining our status as a 501c3 brings with it a need to be transparent in all our financials. That requires a strong administrative foundation organized and led by a few skilled professionals.
These are the unspoken heroes who support our organization day in, day out. While passionate and hardworking, they are professionals, and they must earn a living, just like everyone else.
Our nonprofit accountant keeps us transparent and provides documentation to the IRS and our community. There’s no room for mistakes here, and only a professional can fulfill this vital role. Meanwhile, our grant writer is integral to our ability to raise funds – the single greatest challenge we face – while our program leaders deliver the programs our pet owners and their pets need.
It’s only by engaging this vital professional help that we can prove to the state and our community that our spending aligns with our mission… Prove that our programs are working and should be implemented in every shelter… Prove that we are making a difference in helping homeless pet owners off the street and into shelter.
Ultimately, the quality of these unseen ‘back office’ services underpins everything we do on the front line. This is real, we are really asking for help here – and we want to be honest about why.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
If you believe that anyone with the right support and motivation can make a change – either within their own life, or within the lives of others – then please consider donating or volunteering.