A group of Loudoun County veterinarians have created a giving circle for animal-based organizations. 

The PAW fund, which is the first of it’s kind in Loudoun County will support veterinary care, local pet ownership, and animal education. The fund will pull donations from citizens and business to create grants for local charities. Members of the paw fund say even in one of the wealthiest counties in the country the need is great. 

“We do have people in poverty we also have people who’ve experienced bumps along the road maybe they’ve become unemployed all of a sudden or they have a medical emergency and they need extra support from our non-profit community,” said Nicole Acosta, Director of nonprofit grants and programs at the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties.

“It’s a tragedy when people are making decisions whether to feed themselves and their kids or their pets,” said Dr. Bill Tyrell Co-Founder of CVCA Cardiac Care for Pets. 

The organization plans to submit a request for proposals to organization who wish to apply for the grants in late 2018. For more information visit their website.