Paws For Prevention in Central and South Central NY

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"Pets understand humans better than humans do." - Ruchi Prabhu

According to research conducted by the Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, "...human-animal interactions can reduce anxiety and depression and help protect against a variety of other negative feelings and emotions. Positive human-animal interactions appear to be related to changes in physiological variables in both humans and animals, such as reduced heart rate and blood pressure. Research has demonstrated an association between pet ownership and enhanced social support, emotional well-being and general well-being. Pet ownership has also been found to play a role in helping people manage long-term mental health conditions." 

Bottom Line?

We are celebrating our beloved pets until the end of May/Mental Health Month by raising awareness and funds for the Central and South Central NY Chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention!


Event Details

Starts 05/01/2021 
Ends 05/31/2021 
Contact Karen Heisig
Phone 315-664-0346
Email Address

Step 1: Register here as an Individual and then upload your best photo of your pet(s) below for a chance to win cool prizes! 

*Only 1 photo entry per participant. Just click the + sign in the bottom right corner to add your photo! No pet? No worries! You are still eligible to win prizes simply by being one of the top 4 fundraisers!

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Step 2: Share your page link and ask family and friends to support you by making a donation. 

Need ideas or instructions on how to get the word out? Click >HERE<

Every $1 donated is equal to 1 vote for your pet!

Our top fundraisers/pets will win some fur-tastic prizes (full list coming soon!). The top 4 will have the honor of being one of our Chapter Mascots, one for each quarter of the year starting in July! Imagine your pet raising awareness and bringing a smile to faces all over the greater Central and South Central New York region! 

*Everyone who registers and raises $25 will receive an AFSP Pet Bandana. Raise $100 or more and receive an exclusive Paws for Prevention t-shirt in the mail after the event ends!

But it isn't just about a photo contest. It's about getting active with your pet for a purpose.

Our Central and South Central NY Chapters have set a goal of logging 47,511 minutes (792 hours) of activities between May 1 and May 31 to honor every American lost to suicide in 2019.

Moving our bodies, even for just 15 minutes a day, can be a protective factor when it comes to decreasing our risk for suicide. Help us achieve our goal by using the simple Activity Tracker on your Donor Drive page during the month of May to track how many minutes you and your pet walk, jog, play, do yoga, hike, run, or even spend time snuggling! Your mind and body will thank you (and so will your beloved pet). There will be a very cool AFSP swag package for the human/pet duo that logs the most minutes!

The Activity Tracker is easy to use! Once registered, click the Activity Tracker icon at the top of your page, then click the + sign to add your activity and minutes!


Resources for Those Who Love and Work With Animals

Our Chapter now offers Talk Saves Lives for the Workplace, a great 45 minute introduction to suicide prevention to bring to your office, veterinary clinic, etc. virtually or in-person. Learn about the science behind suicide, risk factors and warnings signs, as well as how to reach out and ask for help or support someone in crisis. Thanks to generous donations, the AFSP Central and South Central Chapters can offer this presentation at no cost to anyone interested. Schedule your presentation today by contacting

Talk Saves Lives Brochure

After a Suicide: A Guide for Veterinary Workplaces

After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Colleges of Veterinary Medicine

Banfield Pet Hospital: Assess, Support, Know

Facts About Mental Health and Suicide Among Veterinarians


Would you like to donate a prize? Volunteer? Ask a question? Request resources? We want to hear from you!

Contact Karen Heisig at or (315)664-0346.


Thank you for your dedication to and support of our mission at AFSP: to save lives and bring HOPE to those affected by suicide.