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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

The concern for their pets that people have when they are in a shelter situation, or temporarily displaced from their home, is extreme when they have lost most material possessions. Red Paw is there and will go back and find the pet. The animals are cared for while their family is going through the process of being re-established in a most loving way. The folks at Red Paw provide the best medicine for those who are distraught about a tragedy.

Donor

Rating: 5

As an animal lover, I appreciate what Red Paw stands for and does. They understand the bond that we share with our furbabies and recognize that their welfare is important to us. If faced with an emergency where I have to evacuate my home, I am comforted knowing that Red Paw would be there to care for my babies until I can care for them again.

I've watched Red Paw grow, and I am amazed that they can do so much. I consider myself fortunate, that given a disaster Red Paw is here.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Red Paw is a great organization - these folks are so dedicated. I contribute to them every month. I only contribute to organizations I know will make the most of my hard earned money, so I don't just give to any group.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I think the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team is a great Organization! It is so good to see misplaced animals being taken care of and being placed in good homes. I am a donor and I know my donation has been put to great use.....every little bit of money can help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer with Red Cross, I saw first hand the tragedy of families who had to either leave their pets in the burned out house or decline lodging from Red Cross. What a joy that a Philadelphia Fire Fighter had the idea, and enormous amount of energy, to start up this fantastic organization. Warms my heart every time I see the story of one of the Red Paw animal/family reunions on FaceBook. Also, all the money I donate goes directly to the care of the animals entrusted to Red Paw. There are virtually no administrative costs!