JACKSON, Wyo. \u2014 PAWS of Jackson Hole announced yesterday the launch of its PAWS COVID Pet Fund, which will help pet owners in Jackson, Star Valley and Teton Valley with COVID-related pet issues. \u201cOur goal is to keep pets with their people during this crisis,\u201d said PAWS Executive Director Amy Moore. \u201cPAWS is here for pets during the good times and challenging times, and we do not want to see people surrendering their pets to local animal shelters because they can no longer care for them." PAWS COVID Pet Fund was created by a generous $8,500 anonymous donation in response to a recent COVID-related spike in demand for PAWS Spay\/Neuter vouchers, MedFund requests, Shelter Fund, and Mutt Mitts. PAWS was able to match the donor\u2019s gift due to COVID canceling summer staff\/volunteer emergency preparedness training. Through the newly created PAWS COVID Pet Fund, PAWS will be able to support the current surge in PAWS pet program services, and provide pet food vouchers, expand pet medical assistance, offer emergency pet boarding, and improve partnerships with health and human service organizations to protect pets and cover all COVID-related pet needs throughout Jackson and the neighboring communities. Spay\/Neuter Vouchers & MedFund For years PAWS has been working with local area veterinarians and their clinics\/hospitals throughout Jackson, Star Valley and Teton Valley ID. During times of crisis, necessary medical care may create financial hardship and pets still reproduce. To apply for a PAWS Spay\/Neuter Voucher and\/or Medfund assistance, visit www.pawsofjh.org. $20 Dog\/Cat Food Vouchers If pet owners are struggling to purchase dog food, cat food, or kitty litter due to COVID-related issues, they can fill out an application online and receive a $20 pet voucher. The vouchers can be redeemed at the following locations: \tJackson: Teton Tails, Pet Place Plus, Spring Creek Animal Hospital, Jackson Animal Hospital, Animal Care Clinic, and Fish Creek Veterinary \tTeton Valley: Circle S Mobile Veterinary, Driggs Vet Clinic, and Victor Veterinary Clinic \tStar Valley: Alpine Market, All Creatures Great and Small, Alpine Veterinary Clinic, and Bridger Animal Hospital Up to $300 in Emergency Boarding PAWS has partnered with the animal boarding facilities below to provide partial funding for those that aren\u2019t able to care for their pets due to COVID related issues. PAWS will underwrite $300 of your bill. Recipients of the Emergency Boarding funding should contact the provider prior to actual boarding, as boarding participation is subject to change. \tJackson: DogJax and Spring Creek Animal Hospital \tTeton Valley: Aska\u2019s Animals and Trail Creek Pet Center \tStar Valley: Residents can bring their pets to DogJax and Spring Creek PAWS is pulling out all the stops to keep pets with their people. Now more than ever, pets play a crucial role in our community\u2019s mental health. Pets provide comfort, companionship, purpose and give people a reason to go outside and exercise. Plus, they help us form bonds in the community and force us into a routine, particularly for those not accustomed to working from, or being stuck at, home. Shelter-in-place orders have even created a spike in demand for pets through adoption programs. To donate to PAWS COVID Pet Fund or complete a PAWS COVID Pet Fund application, just go online. For more information or questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307.734.2441.