For those facing serious illnesses, the unconditional love of a pet has proven to provide physical, emotional, healthy and healing benefits.
Pets Are Wonderful Support/Los Angeles, a nonprofit founded in 1989, provides veterinary care, pet food and supplies to people with serious illnesses such as HIV and AIDS, so they can keep their pets. Volunteers make house calls to deliver pet food, walk dogs and clean cat litter boxes.
"Particularly for our clients, these animals are often their closest friends and families. At the time when they might be faced with losing them because of their illnesses, is the time they need them the most," said PAWS/LA Director Pamela Magette.
But the care PAWS/LA gives to its 1,600 clients and their 2,300 companion animals doesn't come cheap. So the organization is holding its second annual pet art auction Sunday to raise funds.