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Performing Animal Welfare Society

Rating: 5 stars   7 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals

Address:

11435 Simmerhorn Rd. Galt CA 95632 USA

Mission:

Performing Animal Welfare Society was founded in 1985 by Pat Derby to protect performing animals and captive wild animals and to operate a sanctuary that provides permanent care and shelter for these animals.

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Rating: 5 stars  

PAWS, run by Pat Derby and Ed Stewart for many years, is in SanAndreas, Calif. They painstakingly take care of rescued female Asian and African elephants in separate habitats and now have "Bull Mountain", home to several bull elephants. Bob Barker of Price Is Right fame is a benefactor to the elephants and has recently helped build the new bear habitats. Lions and tigers are in residence too on the over 2000 acres of rolling hills in sunny California. See their site and fall in love with all of the rescuees at pawsweb.org.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

PAWS and ARK 2000 are two sanctuaries run by Pat Derby and Ed Stewart. PAWS is the facility for large wildlife that have been pain stakingly removed (often involving legal or governmental agencies) from abusive situations. ARK 2000 is the sanctuary that separately houses Asian, African and bull elephants. The tenacity and dedication that all the staff exhibit is truly admirable. Pat and Ed live on the property in meager housing to be ever-ready. I visited both of the sanctuaries and spent two days with these two admirable individuals and their staff. I observed how the animals were cared for and what environment they lived in. It was a heart warming experience. I only wish I lived close enough to volunteer on a regular basis.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the time I volunteered and in their newsletter. The animals arrive there broken physically and spiritually. They are nursed back to health and placed in a natural environment where, sometimes for the first time in their life, they are able to experience the freedom to just be the animal they are. The stress free and loving environment allows the bear, tiger, lion, elephant to heal and trust again. They truly thrive there.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Often resources are needed to build or expand housing to accommodate additional animals they have rescued. For instance, deciding to be the only sanctuary to provide for bull elephants required separate barns with automated stalls and additional elephant fencing.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

X

What would you tell others about this organization?

They use whatever funds they raise responsibly and try to utilize free or donated goods and services whenever possible. You couldn't ask for a better organization to take care of the money you donate.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I get the Paws newsletter and watch the videos of some of the new arrivals and see the habitat into which they are welcomed. These large, discarded animals are loved and well cared for and have the freedom to roam and live their lives out in a spacious, open environment, free from fear and abuse.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have not visited as a volunteer yet, but PAWS is one of 2 TRUE sanctuaries in the North America and the only sanctuary that provides sanctuary to bull elephants. You only have to visit their website to know that this a compassionate, moral, ethical organization. Watch the videos of their permanently retired residents and you will see how happy they are.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have not yet volunteered but follow PAWS closely since they offered Sanctuary to a circus bull elephant, Ned, who was confiscated from his owner by the USDA. Unfortunately Ned passed away before he could get o PAWS due extremely poor health. But sanctuary was offered to him as soon as he was well enought to travel to California.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing,

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Rating: 5 stars  

They advocate for the animals. They go out of their way to give sanctuary to animals. They have good people behind them to create first class facilities such as Bob Barker. Everything they do is top notch, first rate for the animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

PAWS is always willing to listen and act on ideas to advocate for animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is the best charitable organization that have been involved with. The President, Pat Derby, does this for love, compassion and and truly wants to provide better lives for abandoned and mistreated performing animals. Additionally, PAWS promotes leglislation for the protection of these animals.P AWS animal sancturaries are amazing. I have never left with dry eyes.
This year, I am increasing my donations to PAWS while deducting from other as PAWS, I feel, has truly have earned the five stars they have achieved and deserves much more as their funds are put back to the animals.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending functions at the sanctuaries and have direct feedback on the leglislative successes that Pat Derby and her team continue to push for.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

NONE!

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

This is the most amazing organization I have ever had the priviledge of giving money to. They have excellent communication, they are very open about their financials, and best of all a tremendous amount of what you give goes to the animals that they have rescued or are trying to rescue from inhumane conditions. The rest goes toward educating the public on the abuses suffered by captive held animals. I am proud to be able to help them continue their good work!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amount of people who have become aware of the abuses suffered by performing animals and the inhumane conditions they have to suffer through as well as the animals they have saved and given a second chance at the life they deserve

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Run it exactly as they are doing it now.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their caring spirit and open communication as well as the amount of money donated that actually goes to the cause.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and caring

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save so many suffering animals and educate the public on the injustices suffered so that people would stop supporting it.

Ways to make it better...

I honestly can't think of anything that would make my experience better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out that they exist and getting money to help the animals.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I will give anything and everything I can to this organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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