PAWS NY Brings Back In-Person Spring Benefit to Raise Money for People and Pets in Need

Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) NY is thrilled to be back in person for its Annual Spring Benefit: Barks & Blooms, which will help raise funds to support the organization’s mission of helping people by helping pets.

PAWS NY ( is dedicated to doing everything possible to keep our city’s most vulnerable residents together with their pets. By providing volunteer pet care assistance to low-income older adults and those living with illness or disability, PAWS NY’s programs keep pets in their homes while protecting and promoting the bond that is so physically and emotionally valuable to our clients. Volunteers walk dogs, clean the litterbox, transport pets to the vet, provide foster care in a medical emergency, and so much more.

The event, which will include drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction, will take place on Monday, May 23, from 6:30–9:00pm, at the Monarch Rooftop at 71 W. 35th Street in Midtown Manhattan. Hosted by Lucas Hunt of HUNT Auctioneers, the event will also honor The Irving and Phyllis Millstein Foundation for Animal Welfare LTD, Citymeals on Wheels, volunteer Amy Schrauf, and PAWS NY’s amazing clients. Tickets are on sale now!

  • Pawsome Pal ($125): General admission to the event, including open bar, a selection of passed and stationed hors d’oeuvres, and a silent auction.

“The past few years have been a challenge to all New Yorkers, and we’re proud of the resiliency that our clients and volunteers have shown in the face of such adversity,” said Rachel Herman, Founder and Executive Director of PAWS NY. “We have much to celebrate this year and we’re thrilled to be able to gather together in person to honor the work that’s been done and raise much-needed funds to continue our mission.”

PAWS NY is also thrilled to have a robust silent auction as part of the fundraising event, featuring items such tickets to a taping of Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen; a pet photo shoot with photographer Kara Mergl; tickets to a taping of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah; a gift package from Brooklyn Candle Studio; tickets to events at Kings Theatre, Carnegie Hall, and American Ballet Theatre; a gift card and private shopping party at Veronica Beard; tickets to New York City sporting events; and much more. Auction items will be available for bidding starting on May 9, 2022 and can be accessed via the GiveSmart platform at that time.

Every dollar raised will support PAWS NY’s mission of providing services to vulnerable New Yorkers who need support caring for their pets due to the physical and financial obstacles they face, with particular emphasis on low-income older adults and individuals living with illness or disability. As one client describes his relationship with his four-legged companion: “He’s the greatest anti-depressant you could imagine. He means everything to my life.”



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