PAWS Goals and Strategies

PAWS strategies - pets helping people

Our strategies focus on human needs

  • Access to vet care despite inadequate income. 
  • Mental health support by eliminating traumatic loss or inability to care for a pet due to crisis or financial reasons.
  • Solutions for pets of people entering shelter/hospital or fleeing violence
We must solve people problems to truly address our most challenging animal problems.


Progressive Animal Welfare Services is dedicated to supporting the welfare of humans and their animal companions. We subsidize and improve access to veterinary care and offer solutions and education for people and community agencies. We aim to reduce suffering, overpopulation, and unnecessary euthanasia or surrender to shelters and animal control organizations.


Creating a better life for animal companions and those who love them.


People need pets. Animal companions bring proven benefits for human physical and mental health and are particularly valuable for those in-crisis or living with disabilities. By giving pet owners assistance during difficult times we help keep families together and lift the whole community

Our Programs

We help prevent downstream costs and issues, reducing the impact on animal shelters/rescues/communities of unwanted births, surrendered pets and spread of disease. 

  1. Subsidy Allowances for Vet Care Criteria for applicants is clearly laid out. We review funding limits set for s/n/vx and medical treatments annually to assess where we can improve to better meet the needs.
  2. Education – We help clients reduce the lifetime cost of pet ownership not just with preventive treatment but also with pet care advice shared in newsletters, articles, blogs and social media.
  3. Community Agency support – we guide agencies to support their clients with pet-friendly solutions. 
PAWS Goals and Strategies, woman hugging her dog
Many people don’t understand the costs of owning a pet. Education is part of the solution. Subsidies for affordable care fill the gaps when circumstances require it. 

Strategies and Goals

  1. Outreach – Address human needs and guide agencies to be pet-friendly.
  2. Focus – programs and resource-sharing directly tied to the needs of the community.
  3. Partnerships – Engage collaborative partners to expand impact.
  4. Sustainability – Develop a funding and operational model to consistently offer programs.
  5. Volunteer Effectiveness – Recruit and grow a strong team equipped with effective tools.


2022 actuals, 2023-2024 projections

Metrics will define whether we are meeting the needs. We are a new charity now gathering this data:

  • # Community Agencies using our services to aid their clients
  • Average cost of treatments  
  • # Vet Clinics with clients accessing our services
  • # Counties being served / population base with access to our programs
  • # Pet-friendly Agencies supported
  • Impact Reports