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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lori174

Board Member

Rating: 5

It hasn't always been easy but it has always been rewarding.

Thank you to our former clients for allowing us to get to know you, your family members and pets, of course.

What I've learned is that recovery - whether from a disaster or an injury that is the result of a disaster is like grieving - it's a very individualized, difficult and personal experience. Often accepting help from others can be difficult as well. But working together along the way truly improves the lives of our clients, and has enriched my life for sure! And for that I am grateful.

Red Paw has offered me many challenges as COO and President of the Board but with the support of my partner, our volunteers and the selfless love of our displaced pets, we rise to meet that challenge.

And each day, we problem solve and work through problems together, we continue to help more families each week, month and year. We always fulfill our Mission and that's what running an NPO is truly about - at its core.

Barb29

Board Member

Rating: 5

Red Paw is an amazing organization which is focused on ensuring that all family members are cared for during a residential disaster. I personally know of many families that have received Red Paw's assistance and whose families would have otherwise been torn apart if not for them. They are one of a kind!

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Linda251

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Red Paw is a unique and desperately needed service in the Philadelphia area. The organization allows families to be reuinited after a tragic and life altering event. I currently work in a shelter and have first hand experience with situations in which people are forced to place their beloved pets in the shelter after a fire destroyed their home. Most human shelters do not allow pets and these people had no choice but to make the devastating decision to surrender their animals, not knowing what their fate may be. I personally can't imagine losing a precious family member in additional to all of my wordly possessions. Thanks to Red Paw, families will now have the peace of mind knowing that their pet is safe and that they will all be a family once again.