Animals bring so much joy and love to our lives in good times and in bad. They do not judge us for how much money we make or what we do for a living and teach us countless lessons around gratitude, patience and unconditional love.
Studies show that companion animals are therapeutic in many ways, especially for those with mental disabilities or those struggling with substance abuse.
While those living in extreme poverty do not have a lot of money to spend on veterinary care, they love their animals just as much as anyone else and sometimes even more. Which is why we believe PAW Team's mission is so critical.
Here is an excerpt from their website about the growing need for these community services:
As the Portland area’s homeless population has reached crisis levels, the vital work of the PAW Team is becoming ever more urgent and essential to the community.
This is evident at each of the PAW Team’s clinics, as diverse crowds of people, including families with children in strollers, young people, individual adults, seniors, and the disabled, some with canes or walkers, some in wheelchairs wait in line for their turn to be seen. Their beloved pets, seeking comfort and care, wait patiently with them on leashes and laps, in arms and carriers.
Since its inception, PAW Team has established itself as one of the only sources of free veterinary care for the pets of people who are experiencing homelessness or living in extreme poverty.
In 2019 alone, PAW Team helped 1700 pets. This includes distributing over 25,000 lbs of dog/cat food, as well as 522 spay and neuter surgeries.
PAW Team clients rely on these services to provide life-enhancing, lifesaving medical care to their beloved companion animals. PAW Team is proud to play a unique, vital role in contributing to the strength and integrity of our community’s social safety net.
Wag Theory is excited to support PAW Team initiatives and is actively coming up with ways to help their cause. We currently donate overstock of gently used or damaged products to their organization and collect physical donations dog or cat supplies on their behalf.
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I have met so many amazing pups and their humans online through Instagram. But often the exchanges that happen are quick and surface level, so I wanted to start a "Get to Know You" series to dig a bit deeper to learn more about the special connection that pups and humans have in our awesome community.
To kick it off, I reached out to Taylor and Auggie, and here’s what I learned about their story and life together.