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Pets are Like Family Helps Pets Stay in Homes

Author: Sam Rosen | Date: August 23, 2013

Pets are relinquished for a variety of reasons – finances, emergencies, illness, behavior problems, relocation, lack of education… the list goes on.

But here in Chicago, we are trying to change that.

The non-profit, social service organization, Pets are like Family (PALF) assists families and individuals with limited resources care for their beloved four-legged family member. PALF helps Chicago pet parents have a loving, responsible relationship with their pets by providing education, resources, counseling and referral services; to keep pets with their families and avoid pet relinquishment. I’m honored to serve on their board, along with AnimalSense Owner Lindsay Rapp, and wanted to help spread the word about the work PALF is doing.

With an array of programs and events, PALF, provides the following services:

Emergency Services

  • Crisis Services
  • Hotline
  • Emergency Home Visits
  • Pet Pantry

Counseling & Referrals

  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Pet Services Directory

New Pet Orientation & Education

  • Where & How to Adopt
  • Welcoming a New Pet in the Home
  • Workshops
  • Pet Care Videos 101

Outreach & Advocacy

  • Community Events
  • Volunteer Opportunities

Services are provided in English and in Spanish. PALF is currently concentrating on the Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Hermosa and Belmont Cragin areas, but hopes to spread throughout the entire city of Chicago over time.

If you are interested in learning more about PALF’s services, please visit their website.

Are you interested in getting involved?

PALF is actively seeking new volunteers! If you’re interested in learning more about the volunteer opportunities with PALF please contact, 312.PALF.315 or volunteer@petsarelikefamily.org.

 


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