It is the mission of Pets Are Loving Support, Inc. to provide ongoing care and support to the pets of low-income Atlanta area persons living with critical illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and cancer, the disabled, and people age 65 and older. With this help, pets and owners may remain together to share the healing power of love and companionship which flows from the animal-human bond.
Who We Are
Pets Are Loving Support, Inc. (PALS) is an Atlanta based 501(c)(3) organization. We seek to help create a better life for pets and people in need. Our work might seem simple: keep the pets who support our clients fed and healthy. But really it's about more than that - by providing for the needs of their pets, we are able to help our clients maintain their connection to hope, love, and companionship.
What We Do
Pets Are Loving Support, Inc. (PALS) provides free pet food and low-cost annual immunizations, vaccinations, heartworm testing, and heartworm and flea/tick preventatives to the most vulnerable metro-Atlanta population of pet owners.
Check out our Services page for more details.
"Not only have they enriched my pet’s life but mine as well."
Mr. Addison, a PALS client
In 1990, Pets Are Loving Support, Inc. (PALS), an Atlanta based 501(c)(3) organization, was founded by two Atlanta businesswomen, Dr. Susan Wynn, a veterinarian, and Dr. Margaret Schulte, an educator, who met while doing volunteer work for DeKalb Humane Society. Not only did they have a common interest in working with AIDS patients, but they were also animal lovers
One day, another volunteer mentioned that there was a person with AIDS who was living alone with his best friend, a cat. He was sharing his one meal per day with his cat and foregoing some of his medications in order to pay for vet care for his animal. Dr. Wynn and Dr. Schulte were very touched by the fact that this individual was risking his own health for the health of his only friend, his cat.
They immediately realized that the human-animal bond was extremely important to persons living with AIDS. So many lost the support and contact of family and friends, not to mention their financial independence, jobs, homes, and savings. This was an area in the life of persons living with AIDS that needed to be addressed. So, they began collecting pet food.
This was the humble beginning of PALS.
Since its founding, PALS has provided services to more than 1,000 clients and over 1,300 companion animals. We serve clients who are people age 65 and older, living with a disability, or have a critical illness such as HIV/AIDS. PALS helps our clients keep their pets in their homes by providing free pet food and low-cost annual immunizations, vaccinations, heartworm testing, and heartworm and flea/tick preventatives.
Board of Trustees
- Ann Vitale, Chair – [email protected]
- Jim Marks, Vice Chair
- Michael Edwards, Secretary
- Mike Anderson, Treasurer
- Penny Lane Emerson, Communications Chair
- Joel Feuer, Bingo Chair
- Bill Golden, At-large
- Steve Parker, Special Events Chair
- Jeremy Tarlow, DVM
- Open Position, Community Engagement
- Open Position, Volunteer Management and Recruitment Chair
- Open Position, Client Services Chair
- Katherine Cummings - [email protected]
If you are interested in joining our leadership team, learn more and fill out an application.