PALS Program

Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter recognizes that many older adults are on fixed incomes and in some cases, may have a hard time providing their pets with veterinary care or basic supplies.  YVAS’s PALS Program, short for Pets Are Loving Support, realizes the need for older adults to have a companion animal that can help provide a healthy outlook on life and positively impact one’s emotional health.  PALS provides low-cost veterinary services, pet care, and supplies to help support elderly owners (65 years of age or older) and keep loved pets in their homes. 

Services Offered through the PALS Program:

  • Wellness exams
  • Vaccinations
  • Spays/neuters
  • Microchipping
  • Dentals
  • Transportation to/from grooming or veterinary appointments
  • Pet food & supply delivery
  • ID tags & collars
  • End-of-life services (euthanasia)

PALS does not cover the entire expense of owning and caring for a pet. The program does not cover all prescription medications, emergencies, x-rays, and examinations other than annual wellness exams.  Clients are responsible for a $20.00 per animal co-pay.

All applicants will receive a response within 72 hours of completing the form below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do I enroll in this program?

Pet owners must be at least 65 years of age or older in order to qualify for the PALS Program.  Applicants must fill out a general inquiry form by using the button above or by clicking here.

What wellness services are covered by the PALS Program?

The PALS Program provides wellness and preventive care for homebound and low-income seniors. Wellness services offered include but are not limited to physical exams, vaccines, dental care, and medical necessary grooming.

What services are not included in the PALS Program?

Examples of services that are NOT available through the PALS Program are management for long-term chronic or terminal issues (i.e. heart failure, skin allergies, hyperthyroidism, renal disease), regular grooming services that are not medically necessary, bloodwork, advanced imaging, long-term prescription refills that require monitoring. If it is deemed that these services that are not offered are needed through the physical exam, that will be communicated by the medical team and the pet will be referred to a veterinarian in the community that can provide these services.

Where are other resources for senior citizens in our community?

How is the PALS Program funded?

PALS is made possible by private donations, grants, and support from our shelter parnters, such as UnitedHealthcare, who specifically allocated funds to make this program a reality for those in need in our community.

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