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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: PAWS's mission is to preserve, support, and nurture the human-animal bond for NYC's most vulnerable residents. Our programs are aimed at helping our clients and their pets stay together as a family.

Target demographics: seniors and other vulnerable members of the community

Direct beneficiaries per year: 125 people and their 175 pets

Geographic areas served: New York City

Programs: dog walking and other pet-related services that help our clients and their pets stay together through thick and thin.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ellen17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS does a wonderful job, and as a volunteer I was lucky enough to see it first-hand. People who love their pets don't stop loving them when they're unable to care for them. My client adores her cats and was very happy that volunteers came to change the litter and do whatver else we could to make sure they were heslthy and cared for. At the same time I felt like every visit with my client was a gift to me - it was a gift to be part of her life and help her.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS is an amazing organization in pretty much every way. They have a great mission and seek out clients who truly need their help the most. I have been volunteering for about 6 months now, and I have had an amazing experience. I do not have a ton of time to commit to the organization (though I wish I had more!), but one of the great things about PAWS is that you choose your level of commitment and you can pick a client who lives in a convenient location for you and work out a schedule that works for you. I walk just one woman's dog two days a week, but have done so consistently for the past 6 months, and I have built a strong relationship with both the client and her dog. PAWS will link you up with a client in need and make sure that the home is safe for you to go to, but after that you are free to build your own relationship with your client(s) and communicate directly with them if you need to change a time or miss a day, and I think the independence given to volunteers is great. On the flip side, if an issue ever came up (though I haven't had any yet!), I would not hesitate to contact Rachel, the founder of PAWS NY, as she is an extremely approachable, rational, understanding person. Her first priority is always to make sure the volunteers feel safe and comfortable, and she does that very well. If you are looking to make a difference on a very individual, personal level - for both a person and an animal - consider volunteering for PAWS!

JR H.

Board Member

Rating: 5

PAWS NY provides a wonderful set of much needed services, and I am proud to be a part of this organization. Having personally met and worked with many of our clients, I have seen first hand the incredible impact our volunteers have on the lives of each person and each pet that they help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS came to the rescue this past summer when my mother-in-law, Margaret Miller became ill and needed nursing home care. We thought it would be temporary so, Rachel provided a contact for us. Mary Heed, a volunteer took "Georgi Girl" under her wing for what we thought would be a month or two. As it turned out, Margaret was not able to return to her apt. so Mary very generously adopted her. Rachel and Mary were always very concerned and my husband & I greatly appreciate their service! They were life savers! Thank you PAWS for being there! Sincerely, Ronald & Maureen Miller

Sarah38

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a part of the first group of PAWS volunteers here in NY and over the past few years, I've been rewarded with new friendships, humbling experiences and an overwhelming sense of joy. PAWS is an incredible organization with a bright idea that serves people at their core, in simple and personal ways. I'm so happy to be a PAWS volunteer and am looking forward to the many years of service ahead!

Monika S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS NY is a genuine organization with a genuine humane and simple mission - keep humans and animals together. The special bond we have with our pets is undeniable. It is unfathomable to think that because someone may endure hardships or other illnesses that make their pets unaffordable or unmanageable that the pets should have to be taken away or given away or the unthinkable, put down. PAWS NY recognizes the value and support pets bring their owners no matter what state of life they are in. My service to PAWS is in memory of my dog Lulu Belle who despite debilitating hardships of her own and broken legs crumbled from years of steroids to keep her heart stable, she found the strength to stand up to greet me when I came home every day. If the roles were reversed I would want this for me and this is what PAWS does. I am very happy to be part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with PAWS for the past 4 months. I'm new to NYC and was looking for some volunteer work and came across this organization. I visit an elderly woman and her elderly husky mix every Wednesday night on the Upper west side. It's been an amazing experience for me because it feels great helping out with the dog and getting to know the client as well. I would highly recommend this organization if you are an animal lover who also enjoys making a difference in an elderly person's life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity volunteer for PAWS NY at their annual event. The event was well planned and executed. I had a great time as volunteer , and it was great engaging with so many people that share the same passion as myself. It is a great way to give back to animals and people.

ellen_luckydog

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Pets Are Wonderful Support is a great organization. We help people who can't take care of their pets - so pets and owners can stay together. Once a week I visit the owner of two cats, and I play with the cats, brush them, change the litter box, make sure there's fresh water and food. Our client is such a great person, and the cats are really great - I think I get more out of my visits than anyone else. I feel very lucky to be a volunteer for PAWS.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS NYC is great to work with. I've been helping out one owner with a chihuahua for a year now, and filing in for others when I can. A great way to hang out with pets and help people out!