Founder’s Day: Local non-profit feeds, cares for pets of vulnerable Nevadans

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KLAS-TV has a history of giving back to the Las Vegas community, so on Friday, June 15, the station will join our parent company for “Founder’s Day,” and partner with a local organization to help those in need.

Buckets of food have bee put into pet-sized pouches at PALNV, and it’s all to help 250 clients and their more than 500 animals. The Founder and CEO Katherine Schlintz says the nonprofit helps low-income families, senior citizens, veterans and the homeless care for their pets. The food is either delivered or clients can pick it up at the PALNV warehouse.

“Every month, we feed those animals free of charge to help eat their food and not give it to their pets, which is the standard, you know for your lower-income people,” Schlintz said. “We have healthier pets and we have healthier people this way.”

But even a helping hand needs some support. Schlintz says PALNV is currently dealing with a short supply of dry cat food and cat litter. 8 News Now is partnering with PALNV to help fill up the food bank with donations, so animals in need do not go hungry. But that is not the only assistance they are looking for.

“We’re adding medical help for the same clients that we deal with plus everyone else,” said Diane Peterson, who works at PALNV.

PALNV just opened a low-cost vaccine clinic, with the hopes of having a wellness clinic in the future.

“Some of our present clients can get the help they haven’t been able to afford before, and the animals don’t become critically ill from what started as a minor problem that wasn’t treated,” Peterson said.

Those wanting to help can donate pet food and medical supplies, or make a monetary contribution. 

PALNV says when people cannot afford to take care of their pets, they often have to relinquish them to shelters, so one of their big goals is to make sure all Nevadans can keep their pets.

“That pet is their family, that’s their baby, that’s their companion,” Schlintz said.

8 News Now is making it for people to make a difference and help. Bring donations to the 8 News Now studios on Founder’s Day, Friday, June 15. Drop off can be done anytime between 6:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 

For more information on PALNV, go here.

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