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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: A Passion For Paws Rescue is dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming Akitas and other large breed dogs. Our focus is on the dogs most likely to be euthanized in shelters; the ones unfairly deemed "aggressive" and the ones with treatable medical ailments or injuries. These dogs are given a second chance at providing much needed canine companionship to a loving family.

Results: Since founding in 2006 we have saved over 1200 dogs.

Target demographics: Akitas and other large breed dogs

Direct beneficiaries per year: 180 dogs

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: rescuing, rehabilitating, and rehoming

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3 Marilena B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization. They are 100% dedicated to saving lives of Akitas, Akita mix, and more.
They treat the dogs with love and provide the best care till they find a forever home for them.
I adopted 3 magnificent Akitas from them.

8 Shelly N.


Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer at A Passion For Paws Rescue Inc. I'm not the person that picks up poop or handles the animals. I've never built a kennel or dragged the hose around in sometimes 116F heat to spray and refresh water pails. I work from behind the scenes thinking up ways of raising money to help make these dogs' lives better. After a month on the job, I find myself thinking about them all the time. Is this how a passion begins?

I made the trip out to the #AkitaRanch in Romoland to see for myself how these dogs live, to get a better understanding of what they need, and see what goes into their care. I found that rehabilitating dogs who've been neglected, abused and rejected takes patience and time.

Here is where I met Romeo, who'd been invited into the care-taker's house--part of the socialization plan. He greeted me by blocking my way...wasn't budging...and as I moved to walk by him, he leaned in so my leg brushed his haunches as I passed. It was a long slow side-swipe. I turned and looked at him and he gave me a wink, a slight wag of his tail, and went about his business. He was teasing me! I've heard about Akitas being super smart and that their company is almost human-like, and after meeting Romeo, I couldn't agree more!

A Passion For Paws Rescue Inc is a caring group of ALL-Volunteer people who have come together for the love of DOGS. We believe that dogs have certain rights. They have the right to privacy, right to their toys, and the right to their food. We believe that dogs feel happiness and pain. They get tired, bored, and they get lonely. Just because they can't talk, doesn't mean they don't experience all the things they have felt.

Caring people are the key to make a difference for these dogs, and A Passion For Paws Rescue, Inc. are an incredible group of people!



Rating: 1

Well, let's start with the complaint of a now dead dog, named Otis, who died after being rescued from Baldwin Shelter in the L.A., CA area by A Passion For Paws Resuce, Inc. He was a young American Bulldog who was pulled on a medical waiver (he was too ill to be neutered there). The transporter noticed blood on his nose but believed the shelter vets when they told her it was no problem. Instead of taking the dog to the nearest outside reputable vet for help, she tried to drive two hours with him in sweltering heat. Poor Otis basically cooked to death in the transporter's car. See Otis' story on FB, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Justice-for-Otis/1082775478418041
This website forced me to select a star to post this complaint so I did but I would actually rate this rescue on a negative scale. They are dangerous.

Comments ( 1 )


mtwyatt13 08/01/2015

Otis was not in anyway neglected except in the shelter environment. He was taken back in to the vets when the transporter saw he had a nose bleed. She was concerned and they told her it was nothing. They wiped his nose and sent her on her way. They deferred his surgery because according to them he supposedly had kennel cough. He was happy & bouncing around & he was eating well. In fact his stomach was full of food when he had his necropsy. He had been in the vet care at the shelter all day before an experienced transporter picked him up. When the transporter was near her destination, she stopped to give Otis a break and that was when she discovered he was not breathing. She is not a vet and he was transported in the back seat of a Scion with the AC blowing & he was in a travel crate for safety. She immediately took him to a vet who actually cared enough to look at him unlike the vet at Baldwin Park shelter but by then it was too late. His problem did not start in her care and the shelter declared him well enough for travel in a car for 2 hours. If anyone was at fault it was the shelter system in LA county. They do not take are of the dogs as is mandated by the law in CA. If someone hands you a dog & he is a vet & he tells you the dog is well, unless you are a vet, you would not know the difference, especially if the dog was behaving like Otis was. This is an uninformed accuser who does not have her facts straight.

Review from Guidestar

2 Jamie Aitchison

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A Passion for Paws goes above and beyond the call of duty. Although they specialize in Akita rescues, they also extend care and compassion to other dogs in need. For example, NAVS provided a grant to help pay for the surgery of a Rottweiller who'd been abandoned after being hit by a car. We are proud to help A Passion for Paw's continue their important mission.



Rating: 5

In 2009 i adopted my frost. A few years later i bought my home with the rescue in mind. The board act with great integrity and the well being of each dog comes before all else. Everyone here works tirelessly to help a dog in need. They network with other rescues and foster to try to save the life of any dog they encounter while at the shelter. Working with this rescue has become my own personal passion and i am so greatful for the opportunity to work with such selfless people.



Rating: 5

This place restores my faith in humanity! everyone involved is all about the animals. They are a breed specific rescue, but sometimes they go above and beyond and take in other urgent cases.
I love to go to the rescue and see all of the babies, who have gotten a second chance at life and are being well taken care of while waiting for their new forever homes.
I have gotten 2 of my beloved fur kids from A Passion for Paws and I will be forever grateful for the joy and love they give me everyday.
Adopt! don't shop!



Rating: 5

This organization takes 100% of the donations and puts it directly into the dogs that they rescue. No one takes a salary. They are comprised of a dedicated group of individuals who rescue perfectly good dogs in high kill shelters and find forever homes for them.