PALS loses grant, seeks donations
Pets Are Loving Support is a nonprofit agency that helps those with HIV/AIDS and other critically ill people, as well as senior citizens, keep their beloved pets by covering costs such as vet visits and flea medication.
But now it is PALS that needs help. The non-profit organization founded in 1990 is facing a financial crisis after learning it would not get a $35,000 grant that it has received for several years.
“The grant we lost was the Forrest Lattner Grant and it was used to help cover the medical expenses of neuters, shots and exams, Heartgard and monthly flea preventative for our clients’ pets,” said Kevin Bryant, executive director of PALS.
PALS was founded two decades ago to help those with AIDS keep their pets by paying for vet costs and pet food as clients were forced to quit jobs and spend money on medications and other living expenses. In later years, the organization expanded to help those with other severe illnesses as well as the elderly.
Cuts would have to be made to PALS client services to compensate for the $35,000 loss, but Bryant said he and the organization’s board are not sure what cuts. Currently, the organization is helping some 500 pets.
“Our annual operating budget is around $139,000. We have around 400 to 500 pets that we care for on a monthly basis and the other needs is always food,” Bryant said.
Contributions can me mailed to 2115 Liddell Drive NE, Atlanta, GA 30324 or credit card donations can be made on www.palsatlanta.org.
A regular fundraiser for PALS is monthly bingo at Jungle. The next event is Leather Night Bingo on Jan. 9.
Pets are Loving Support’s monthly bingo night may play a bigger role in furdraising after the loss of the Forrest Lattner Grant . (Photo by Sher Pruitt)