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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: AIDS, Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals, Health

Mission: PAWS is volunteer based organization that provides for the comprehensive needs of companion animals for low-income persons with HIV/AIDS and other disabling illness and Seniors.  By providing these essential support services, educating the larger community on the benefits of the human-animal bond, and advocating for the rights of disabled individual to keep their service animals, PAWS improves the health and well- being of disabled individuals and the animals in their lives. 

Target demographics: Low-income disabled people and seniors

Direct beneficiaries per year: 720 people, 900 animals

Geographic areas served: San Francisco

Programs: Companion Animal Support Services (CASS) provides sevices to humans and their companion animals. Services include a monthly distribution of pet food and supplies; subsidized vet funding; grooming; pet foster care; transportation to the vet; dog walking and in-home cat care. These services are delivered by 3 full time staff and 350 volunteers. The Education department is responsible for providing information on the human animal bond to the general public and academia. The Client Adovcacy Department is responsible for advocating for the rights of disabled individuals to keep their service animals. Area covered include housing, public transportation.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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pawssf 01/13/2012

Matthew, Thanks for the positive feedback, but this is actually PAWS San Francisco. I'm thinking you're looking to leave the comment for PAWS NY.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a volunteer and donor for this very fine organization. I've known of their work for years; now that I've retired, I'm able to volunteer for various activities and events. I would encourage anyone with a love for companion critters to look into this group. Better yet - come with a check when you come to the volunteer orientation meeting!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with PAWS from the near beginning , over 20 years. The focus of this group is to honor the human- animal bond by helping immune compromised, chronically ill or seniors who have financial and /or physical compromises that without help the human could not keep their best friend/ main cheerleader with them. I am a veternarian who gives time and money to PAWS so they can continue this great mission. PAWS helps with food , transport to vets, housing adovacy, dog walks, litterbox changers and provides some financial veterinary support. They also are educating professionals and the public on how vital and beneficial a pet can be to these clients who are often socially isolated. The pets give the humans a reason to get up in the more and carpi deim.

9 s5agrl

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for PAWS. I have been a volunteer for about 2 months - working the food bank interacting with the appreciative clients, taking Layla for her weekly walk all around Fisherman's Warf, interacting with the dedicated staff - everything about PAWS is rewarding.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a PAWS volunteer for over four years and cannot think of a better place to give my time and energy! The staff is phenonmenal in both their dedication to the cause and their appreciation of the volunteers. While I have volunteered in various capacities, I get the greatest reward in transporting clients and their pets to their veterinarian visits. Because of my background, I can act as a liaison between the medical professionals and the guardians who may have trouble communicating their questions and concerns. It pleases me to no end knowing that the owners understand their pets' conditions and that the animals are getting the best, most comprehensive care available. Whether driving home after boxing food bank deliveries or going back to work after a vet visit, I ALWAYS leave knowing that some very fortunate animals (and their guardians) are happier (....o.k.....so maybe it is ME who is happier. But I have an inkling that some purring and wagging are going on somewhere....)

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with PAWS for over 5 years and have had the opportunity to meet wonderful new friends and interact in the community in a way no other organization offers. I walked a client's dog for about two years and bonded with him and his dog over that period of time. It's such a wonderful way to participate in my community and it's also a lot of fun!

10 PBlackHawk

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to PAWS about 10 years ago when I adopted a cat named Isis. About 3 years ago, I came to a point where my doctor said to me "Your getting a dog and I'm not taking no for an answer". PAWS is a godsend because of all the services they offer. I can afford all the food, treats, special items and other goodies that help to keep my Dusty spoiled. What I can't afford on a limited income is the cost of vet care. Thanks to PAWS, I don't have to worry. The Well Clinic visit is his annual check up. This includes any booster shots he might need and of course, the rabbi's vaccine. In addition, each pet is allowed an ammount that covers emergencies or elctive procedures such as dental, kenal cough or any other illness that might occur. A good example being Dusty came down with a case of giardia...a parasitic infection that causes discomfort and gastrointestinal problems. Thanks to this extra ammount, I was able to have Dusty seen and treated. Since that...he's been fine. They also provide flee treatment which is given once a month. PAWS is also a great place to stop by and say hello to the office pets and people for a general check in and hello.

1 aysham

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to PAWS through a friend and have been grateful to her ever since. This organization is run by a wonderful, and remarkably organized, team. There are a variety of ways an individual can contribute. While they always need financial donations, this is a great organization to give some time to. I walk a terrific dog for an hour each week. It is great exercise and creates an impact in people’s lives that I can see immediately. I also provide labor for various fundraising and community events. I’ve bartended, taken tickets, collected money…you name it, I’ve done it. People are always happy to support PAWS and the mgmt of the organization is full of gratitude, so you always walk away from your volunteer time feeling great and wanting to do more.