For the second year in a row, Natural Pawz is teaming up with Rover Oaks Pet Resort to raise money and awareness for one of Houston’s most heartwarming charities, PAWS Houston, through their annual Pawz for a Cauze fundraising drive. Pawz for a Cauze was started in 2010 by Natural Pawz as a way to generate awareness and raise funds for local pet organizations within the Houston area. “With so many non-profit organizations, it has become increasingly difficult for smaller organizations to raise contributions”, says Nadine Joli-Coeur, co-owner of Natural Pawz. PAWS Houston is a group that reunites chronic and terminally ill patients with their pets at a time when they need each other the most. Rover Oaks Houston, Rover Oaks Katy, and twelve Natural Pawz locations will begin collecting donations for the group from November 1st until Thanksgiving Day. All donors will receive recognition on a special Pawz for a Cauze leaf displayed on the wall of the location where they contributed to PAWS Houston. At the end of the drive, all leaves will be collected and delivered to PAWS Houston patients at local hospitals to show the love and support of the donors and our community.
This collaboration between Rover Oaks and Natural Pawz is a great way to help a unique charity in Houston, while also learning more about the services the charity provides. Since 2002, PAWS Houston has been helping sustain relationships between pet owners and their pets through a period of the owner's terminal and/or chronic illness both in the hospital and at home. When possible, PAWS Houston facilitates visits to the hospital, in the hopes of improved physical and mental health for the pet owner. Additional services may include subsidized veterinary care, volunteer pet care, foster care and pet adoption. In addition to direct client services, PAWS Houston also plays a large role in educating the medical and veterinary communities about the benefits and risks of animal companionship for people with medical and financial hardships, something facing so many today.
“Our clients are people who face many losses: health, employment, and sometimes support of family and friends. By helping our clients keep their animals, we help them keep at least one part of the life they enjoyed,” said Donna Dishman, Executive Director of PAWS Houston. “For our clients, animal companionship has been an important part of their lives – so important, in fact, that many people tell us of foregoing their own needs to meet those of their animals. When we hear of any animal that is important enough that a person will give up his/her life-prolonging medication or other necessities to feed that animal, we know what we do is essential,” she added.
In 2012, Rover Oaks and Natural Pawz raised $5,000 for PAWS Houston through their Pawz for a Cauze fundraiser. Both Rover Oaks and Natural Pawz, avid supporters of animal welfare and non-profit organizations, continue to see this as an opportunity to join forces to make a difference and to bring awareness of the need and benefits of the services provided by PAWS Houston. “Our objective is to help PAWS Houston ensure that their clients can keep their companion pets without making potentially life-threatening sacrifices,” said Steve Smith, owner of Rover Oaks Pet Resort. Natural Pawz owners Biff Picone and Nadine Joli-Coeur added, “PAWS Houston provides such a unique and touching service to those dealing with terrible illness, eliminating some of their worries and providing them an opportunity to spend quality time with their beloved companions. We are honored to partner with our friends at Rover Oaks to raise funds and awareness for this great cause,” they concluded. “Your contribution to PAWS Houston is essential to help provide vet services, food, emergency care, cat litter, and other essential needs necessary to keep the owner and pet together as long as possible,” said Joy Lee, co-owner of Rover Oaks in Katy. “Furthermore, your contribution could prevent someone from being lonely, providing access to the special relationship animals have with their human caretakers.”
Donating to the Pawz for a Cauze drive is quick and easy. Just stop in to either Rover Oaks Houston or Katy, or any of the twelve Houston-area Natural Pawz stores and make your donation and a huge difference for current and future clients of PAWS Houston. You can also donate online by clicking on the PayPal button at www.pawshouston.org. Visit www.roveroaks.com or www.naturalpawz.com for a list of locations as well as directions to the donation site closest to you. Together we can all make a difference and help reunite patients with their pets...when they need them the very most.