St. Louis Balloon Brigade’s PAWS Pride Challenge
Every year the iconic St. Louis Balloon Brigade collects donations for Vivent Health’s Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) program at PrideFest St. Louis. The St. Louis Balloon Brigade, launched in 2008, celebrates diversity and promotes body positivity while raising money for the pets of people living with HIV/AIDS. We have the shared belief in the unconditional love and support pets can offer a person living with HIV/AIDS.
With the postponement of PrideFest St. Louis, the Balloon Brigade has elected to instead raise money online for National Pride Month.
Our friends at Purina know better than anyone that people and pets are better together. That’s why for nearly 30 years Purina has proudly supported our PAWS program. This year Purina has agreed to match every dollar raised for the PAWS program during the month of June – up to $5,000.00.
The PAWS program ensures no one living with HIV/AIDS is faced with the decision of managing their disease or taking care of their pet. PAWS helps people living with HIV/AIDS meet their pet’s nutritional and veterinary care needs. This year that cause is more important than ever. Many of our clients are practicing social distancing and live alone. This loneliness is often compounded by the stigma and emotional weight of living with HIV. Their pet is truly a much needed sole companion through this pandemic.
Please give with Pride this June in support of keeping pets in their furrever loving homes with their human companions.