Last Updated on August 21, 2023 by Hannah Stevens

Why PETS-DC Exists

PETS-Washington DC Inc. (“PETS-DC”) was founded in October 1990. It is a non-profit volunteer organization that aims to improve the lives of HIV/AIDS patients and their companion animals. A lot of people living with HIV/AIDS are alone, so having a pet helps them live independently. The unconditional love and affection that a pet can show is unending and never-ending. This love is an integral part of the emotional support network for those living with HIV/AIDS. However, many clients face financial and physical obstacles that make it difficult to take care of their pets. They aim to bridge the gap between AIDS-service providers and animal-related organizations, as well as to address the health-related needs of pet owners living with HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC. Their mission is to help through providing financial, advocacy, volunteer, and public health education resources.

You can also take a look at the pet grants from all the other states.

What They Do

Clients can public health education, veterinary care, and in-home care for their pets (e.g., dog-walking, feeding, litter box care, cage/tank cleaning), pet food and supplies, housing advocacy, foster pet care, grooming care, and pet adoption services from dedicated volunteers. Moreover, the public health education program provides assistance to other health care providers, including nurses and doctors.

If you or someone you know has HIV/AIDS or another disabling condition and needs assistance in caring for their pet, please don’t hesitate to contact the Case Management Team at (202) 234-PETS.

You can also take a look at Grass Roots Rescue in Delaware and Rescue Programs & Veterinary Services – Humane Rescue Alliance here in Washington D.C.