Preserving the Human-Animal Bond
The Pet Project for Pets, Inc. (The Pet Project) is a nonprofit organization that serves the needs of low-income pet owners who are living with AIDS or terminal or disabling conditions and illnesses. The Pet Project offers comprehensive services designed to enable our clients to keep their animal companions. Services include an animal food bank, referrals to subsidized or low-cost veterinary care, dog walking, litter box maintenance, grooming, foster care and adoption when necessary.
In addition to direct client services, the Pet Project plays a large role in educating the medical and veterinary communities about the benefits and risks of animal companionship for people with AIDS or terminal or disabling conditions and illnesses By helping them keep their much loved pets, we hope to improve the quality of life of those living with AIDS and other terminal or disabling conditions and illnesses.
Our clients face many losses: health, employment, and sometimes the support of family and friends. By helping our clients to keep their animals, we help them to keep at least one part of the life that they enjoyed before their condition. It is our agency's policy to acknowledge that our human clients are still the rightful guardians of our animal clients; we are here to help them care for their animals in the best possible way. It is in this way that we are improving the quality of life of those living with a terminal or disabling conditions and illnesses while promoting their dignity -- by acknowledging their role in the animals’lives.
For our clients, animal companionship has been an important part of their lives -- so important, in fact, that many of our clients tell us of foregoing their own needs to meet those of their animals. When we hear of an animal that is important enough that a person will give up his/her life-prolonging medication to feed that animal, we know what we do is essential.
The Pet Project is a volunteer nonprofit group that helps improve the quality of life for people with HIV and other life threatening illnesses. We offer emotional and practical support in keeping the love and companionship of support animals. We also provide our clients and the general public with information on the benefits and risks of animal companionship.
At the Pet Project we are dedicated to preserving the human/animal bond between or clients and their companion animals. Those that we serve are people with limited abilities and the animals with which they share their lives. We provide comprehensive care for approximately 300 animals in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade county. Our mission is to keep those animals with their guardians for as long as possible.
1. We endeavor to help the terminally ill or permanently disabled to keep their beloved pets for as long as possible.