Friends of Austin Animal Center’s Paw Aid Brigade program helps animals with special medical needs that Austin Animal Center does not have the budget or staff to treat. Paw Aid helps animals at AAC who have medical needs that cannot be addressed in any other way, including conditions like heartworm, orthopedic surgeries, feline leukemia, allergies, skin conditions, eye care, and anything else these animals need.
Many animals arrive at Austin Animal Center with injuries and illnesses that require non-routine treatment. These injuries and illnesses cause suffering and delay adoption. AAC Vet Services treats more than 20,000 animals every year but lacks the staffing and funding to treat all the special cases. That’s where Friends of AAC and Paw Aid come in. We have a network of volunteers, other animal rescue groups, veterinarians, animal care centers, and fosters that we work with to help heal and save these animals.
We’re counting on your donations to help us continue to work with our partners to heal these animals. Starting with our Drive to Five fundraiser last fall, we were able to raise over $10,000 to pay for treating these animals. Sadly, this is not nearly enough money to pay for all of the treatments our animals need, so we’re counting on continuing support from the community to help us continue to treat these animals. When you donate to Paw Aid, you can be sure that you’re directly helping an animal heal from a serious medical condition – perhaps even saving its life.
Paw Aid doesn’t simply aim to treat animals with medical issues. Treating their issues is just one step towards our ultimate goal of getting these animals adopted into their forever homes. So Paw Aid works hand-in-hand with our other programs – Desperate Housecats, Hard Luck Hounds, and Classic Canines. So far, almost all of the animals we’ve treated have been adopted or are in foster homes.