CancerCare®’s Pet Assistance and Wellness (PAW) Program Continues to Help Cat and Dog Owners Affected by Cancer
CancerCare, the leading national nonprofit organization providing free, professional support services to anyone affected by cancer, is continuing to support pet owners affected by cancer with the CancerCare Pet Assistance & Wellness (PAW) Program.
The PAW Program helps people living with cancer in active treatment and their loved ones care for their cats or dogs during the emotional, physical and financial challenges of cancer treatment. CancerCare recognizes that pets are an integral part of a cancer patient’s support network and developed this program to address the distinct needs of people with cancer who share their home with a cat or dog.
This national program is comprised of the following core services:
• Limited financial assistance to qualified patients who are both owners of a cat or dog and in active treatment to offset expenses, including pet food, pet walking/sitting, boarding fees, veterinarian expenses, medications and lab fees
• Educational programs and materials focused on caring for pets throughout the cancer journey, to cover topics such as how to care for one’s pet during cancer treatment, guidance on how to reduce one’s risk of infection from pets, as well as finding local support programs
• Free counseling and case management services for both people with cancer and their loved ones
The CancerCare PAW Program officially opened to the public last year with an educational webcast and educational booklet, and the financial assistance component formally launched on March 2, 2020. Since launching the financial assistance component, the PAW Program has served over 700 clients. For financial assistance requirements or more information on the PAW program, please visit here or call our Hopeline at 800-813-HOPE (4673).
The launch of CancerCare’s Pet Assistance & Wellness program is made possible by the generous support of the Patricia A. O’Callaghan Animal Care Foundation