Preparation for Safety

PAWS enables appropriate temporary care for companion animals should their owners be in crisis (eg seeking refuge from an abusive relationship; temporary lack of housing; hospitalization for physical or mental care)

Spay/neuter, up-to-date vaccinations and a base level of stable health are a requirement for any animal entering a shelter, foster care or a kennel. To enable families to remain safe and together over the long term, this program aims to help those fleeing violence by subsidizing the cost of spay/neuter, vaccinations and essential medical care for any animal whose owner is fleeing violence of any kind, where the care is a prerequisite for the animal finding safety.


Open to requests from community shelters, hospitals, and other agencies dealing with people in crisis, whose companion animals need veterinary services before they can enter a foster, shelter or kennel. They must meet the application criteria.

Allowances of up to $250 per animal for veterinary care. Allowance covers maximum two animals per family per annum. All allowances are payable directly to the veterinary clinic upon receipt of an invoice. Payments will not be payable to the public to reimburse for already-incurred expenses. All allowances must be applied for and approved in advance of services occurring.

PAWS cannot guarantee programing for any animal nor can we guarantee that our allowances will cover all of any given animal’s veterinary costs.