We know the love and support that a pet brings into the lives of people with cancer and their loved ones. Caring for your pet when you have cancer can be challenging, and we are here to help. The PAW program assists people undergoing cancer treatment with the challenges of keeping their cat or dog at home.

Hear what Katie Couric has to say about the importance of our PAW Program for people coping with cancer

Key features of the PAW program are:

  • Limited financial assistance to qualified individuals who own a cat or dog and are in active cancer treatment to offset expenses, including pet food; pet walking/sitting and other caregiving services; boarding fees; veterinarian expenses including vaccinations and appointment fees; flea, tick and heartworm prevention; medications; and lab fees

  • Educational webcasts focused on caring for pets throughout the cancer journey, covering 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
    Listen to our workshop Joys and Challenges of Pets in Your Home When You Have Cancer

  • Wide dissemination of print/digital materials specific to pet care and self-care during cancer treatment, including a database of resources
    Read our new booklet Caring for Your Pets When You Have Cancer

  • Free counseling services for both people with cancer and their caregivers

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.

Read our full press release »

For more information on CancerCare’s Pet Assistance & Wellness Program, call our toll-free Hopeline 800-813-HOPE (4673), staffed Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

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