Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

Rating: 5 stars   45 reviews

Issues: Animals, Disaster Aid, Human Services

Location: 1328 S. 24th St. Philadelphia PA 19146 USA

Mission: Our mission is to assist displaced pets and their people 24/7 and free of charge to ensure that all family members are taken care of during a disaster at their home. We are a 501(c)(3) animal welfare and emergency services nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the American Red Cross SEPA Chapter and other emergency relief organizations to provide emergency transport, shelter and veterinary care to animals involved in residential fires and other incidents. We also work within a network that includes veterinary care facilities, boarding facilities, kennels and training facilities, animal rescue groups and fosters in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.
Results: Since our formation on July 25,2011, we’ve been called over 600 times to assistance in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties as well as the Lehigh Valley, Burlington and Camden, NJ. Incidents we’ve responded to include fires, house collapses, storm damage and flooding. We’ve provided emergency transport, shelter, long term fostering, emergency vet care, on-going medical care and free food delivery to the fosters and rescues for over 1000 displaced pets. We also worked within our network to get over half of the Red Paw animals spayed/neutered and vaccinated, at no cost to the owners, along with providing transportation to and from the facilities. In 2012 we participated in a Hurricane Sandy Pet Supplies Drive where we delivered items donated by individuals and local businesses to pets along the East Coast displaced by Hurricane Sandy.
Target demographics: Displaced Pets and their People.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Close to 500 displaced pets in 8 counties and 2 states
Geographic areas served: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties & occasionally New Jersey.
Programs: Emergency Services Animal Welfare Adoptions Social Services

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer for Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, I see first hand the work done by Jen Leary and her team and how amazing it truly is. To give peace of mind to families who have lost everything in a fire or disaster by taking in and taking care of their pets for them while they recover is priceless. You should see the looks of joy and relief on the family's faces when they are all reunited! There are no words! This organization is top-notch - an incredible network of volunteers all working together for one commons goal. I am proud and honored to be a part of Red Paw - such a worthy cause!

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2014

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With their roots in the county animal response team training, this group does so many incredible things for pets in the Philadelpia region and the people who love them. from getting them safely away from a fire or other emergency scene to finding them a foster home when their's is destroyed, this group is invaluable to our comminity.

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I have watched this organization grow from inception. I am truly amazed at the dedication and compassion of Jen Leary and all the volunteers of Red Paw. They go above and beyond to rescue, rehabilitate, spay/neuter and reunite, so many owners and their beloved furry family members. It is just unbelievable what they have accomplished and continue relentlessly to do! Truly Heroic!!!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

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How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2014

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I had a fire and lost alot. I thought I was going to have to give up my baby my cat but thank god for red paws. They took awesome care of my kitty. Anyone who has had a fire knows its very hard to get back on top. I didn't have to worry about my baby and I got updates all the time. I can never thank them enough. Thank you red paws, Desertray miles

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This unique organization helps pets of all types when their homes have been destroyed by fire or other disasters. I am happy to have the opportunity to be involved and help!

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This organization is amazing and I am proud to be on their Board.
Red Paw volunteers respond 24/7 365 days per year to help animals in need due to a fire or disaster.
I have volunteered with them in many capacities, including fostering and facilitating reunions. It's the most rewarding feeling to have taken care of an animal and then returning the animal to is family. I am always humbled by the gratitude of the families I have helped.

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Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
- Martin Buber
If they could speak... they would say THANK YOU

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I found Red Paw relief through a post on facebook about 2 years ago. I thought wow a non profit organization saving animals in disastrous situations such as building fires and building collapses. I had to opportunity to foster a momma, Dasha and h er 4 kittens at the time were only 2 weeks old. I love fostering, I am what you call a foster failure,. I kept 2 of the kittens and I made sure the rest of the kittens went to good homes. I know they did. My friends adopted them. I have been on several events for Red Paw. They take pride in what they do. I will never forget the time when Lori met me at the cat room. She was on the phone with Jen about a kitten that was very sick. Jen was so upset you can hear it in her voice. They care about these animals, their well being and what happens when the family cannot provide for the fur babies any longer. the other night I messaged Red Paw to see if they have heard about the fire in my area, they were already responding. Red Paw is a great organization and I am happy that I am a part of it. I just recently adopted another foster failure.... Red Paw power.. :)

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Red Paw emergency relief is a great organization, I do not think anything would need to change. They have wonderful volunteers that are always available to assist in transporting, fostering and dropping off food to fosters who are caring for their temporary fur kids.

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For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

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2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Imagine what you would do if your house burned and your pets were missing? If you're lucky enough to live in the Philadelphia area, Red Paw would be there to help. They rescue, provide foster care, and - most importantly - reunite families with their pets.This is a 24-7, all-volunteer operation, which I am proud to support.

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2014

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Red paw is an amazing organization. We had a house fire and thankful a gentleman handed me one of their cards to contact. We have 4 dogs and 2 macaws. Sadly we lost one of our macaws in the fire. Red Paw was there and transported out dogs who had symptoms of smoke inhalation and took amazing care of them at PennVet. I honestly know what I would have done without them. Simply amazing!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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