PALS loses grant, seeks do­na­tions

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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)

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