Clients who own pets but are facing financial difficulties are provided with pet food on an emergency, short-term basis. On a case by case basis, pet food assistance may be extended for a longer period. Participants must fill out a short application, permit a home visit, and provide proof of financial need. Pet food delivery is provided for the homebound- the elderly, the disabled, those without access to transportation. Please contact Ava Rhodes at 561-420-0553 if you would like to donate food, lead a pet food drive at your place of work or place of worship, or support the pet food pantry in any other way, including volunteering to collect and distribute pet food.
Elderly Pet Owner Pet Care Assistance Program
Pet food and pet care assistance is provided on a sliding scale to elderly pet owners in financial need who are struggling to feed and care for their pets. Most of these clients have none or very limited family support and rely upon pets as their main source of companionship and affection. Florida does not provide any social worker visitation services or nursing care services for elderly people who live alone and wish to remain together with their pets. By providing pet food and pet care assistance to elderly pet owners in financial need, we can help elderly people maintain independent lives and stay together with their best and often only friend in the world, their dog or cat.
Pet Care Assistance Program
We don't just provide pet food to pet owners in need. We also provide our clients with access to affordable vet care on a sliding scale basis so that their pets can be provided with annual exams, emergency health care, sterilization procedures, vaccinations, deworming, and other important pet care needs.
Temporary Foster Care for Large and Unpopular Breed Dogs
Passion for Paws provides foster care for displaced large dogs and so called dangerous breed dogs such as pit bull when their owners become temporarily homeless due to home foreclosure, loss of job, eviction, incarceration, hospitalization. Passion for Paws covers pet food, pet supplies and vet care expenses for the dogs while they are in foster care. In most cases, fostering is provided for no more than one month, but on a case by case basis, the time period may be extended. Pet owners must maintain regular contact with Passion for Paws and provide information on their status in relation to locating housing for themselves and their pet. In many cases, the clients are staying with family, friends or in a public shelter, and are not allowed to bring their pet with them. We've had success in reuniting pets with their owners who have located new housing in about one month's time. We always need foster volunteers and those willing to provide forever homes. In some rare cases, our clients must make the decision to to surrender their dogs if they are unable to find housing or are not able to get back on their feet due to emotional instability, substance abuse problems, serious health problems, or a long term jail sentence to name a few possible causes.
For more info regarding supporting or providing volunteer services for any of these programs including being a foster care provider or someone willing to adopt a pet that must be placed in a new home: