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DC Paws Rescue

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: DC PAWS Rescue saves stray, neglected, unwanted and abused animals from animal control facilities and places them in safe, supportive and loving foster and adoptive homes in the Washington, DC and surrounding areas. We believe there is more to rescue than placing shelter animals into forever homes. We believe that rescue should support the people who support the rescue, and support the needs of the dogs and cats on their journey to a forever home. We are committed to: providing the best possible standard of care for the animals we rescue; providing all animals we rescue with the necessary tools to succeed, both medical and behavioral; educating adopters, fosters, and volunteers about the benefits of science-based, humane, force-free training methods, and committing wholly to the exclusive use of such training practices for the dogs and cats in our care; treating all volunteers, fosters and adopters with respect, compassion and courtesy; providing our fosters, volunteers and adopters with the necessary tools and training to succeed; and educating the public about responsible pet guardianship, the benefits of adopting, and the needs of animals in high-kill animal control facilities.

Target demographics: homeless animals from underfunded, overcrowded shelters in rural shelters and the rescuers, adopters and volunteers who care about them

Geographic areas served: the Washington, DC Metro area

Programs: adoption, transport, spay/neuter, and education workshops

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jordan N.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help with other rescues but recently joined DC Paws Rescue which has been fun and rewarding. Enjoy doing the foster apps and transports when I’m available. Lovely group of people and lucky dogs and cats that get rescued by this organization!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently adopted our pup here and are very happy. The rescue did a great job through the adoption process and his Adoption coordinator and Foster Mom were both very responsive and helpful. We are so glad that they saved this little guy from a high-kill shelter and brought him to DC for us to adopt!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering dogs with dcpawsrescue since april of this year and am currently fostering my third dog. The first two dogs were both adopted out to good families as dcpaws does a very good job of honestly presenting the animals on their site and at adoption events so prospective adopters can pick an animal that suits their family and lifestyle. Although fostering can have challenges dcpaws has been very good at responding to any problems that have occurred and fostering continues to be a rewarding experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with DC Paws is such a rewarding experience. Helping dogs and cats get adopted to their forever homes makes you feel so good, and seeing the looks on the families' faces is heartwarming. Kate runs the org in her "spare time" and does a great job managing all the volunteers and goings on in the org.

Erin R.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group of caring and dedicated animal lovers. As an all-foster animal rescue, it truly takes a village to help these pups and kitties transition into safe and loving forever homes.

DCPAWS saves pets from euthanasia in South Carolina and PG County Maryland and places them into volunteer foster homes until they find forever homes. Every person I have met in my time with the organization cares so so much about every animal, especially for their medical and long-term care. But beyond that, everyone is always so willing to help each other! Any time I have questions, someone is always quick to hold my hand and answer my queries.

I would absolutely recommend this organization to volunteers, donors, and adopters alike!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC PAWS really goes above and beyond in and outside of our immediate community to reach and serve animals who have no other place to turn. They fill a void that many other shelters cannot by rescuing breeds that are banned in certain locales and provide a solution to overcrowded shelters by housing animals in foster homes. Those are the reasons that I support this particular organization with my time as a volunteer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A very dedicated group of volunteers, these folks are a small but mighty foster-based rescue organization.

Megan V.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with this rescue, they do a great job!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I went to my first transport event and DC PAWS did a wonderful job! All the volunteers had clear roles and were able to contribute, the dogs and cats were treated like the angels they are, and the fosters and adopters were well vetted and educated on animal care so that the animals would be safe and happy in their new homes. What a wonderful organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing rescue organization, that is foster-based and full of loving, kind, caring folks who give so much to run this organization that focuses on animals first.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering with DC Paw for several months, and they are great to work with. They are responsive and proactive and do their best to save dogs and cats and place them in the perfect forever home. Great network!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love DC Paws Rescue! I started as a volunteer and became a foster. Now I am an adopter!! My dog, Moose, is a rescue from an overcrowded shelter in SC. DC Paws Rescue brought him up here and the rest is history.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This 100% volunteer run and organized rescue does incredible every single day rescuing cats and dogs from overcrowded shelters, getting them health, trained, and loved to move on to their forever homes. For such a small organization, they have a large impact. It's one of the few rescues that has events that are metro accessible which makes them a great place to volunteer long term.

Client Served

Rating: 5

What a wonderful rescue run by people with such big hearts! This small but mighty local rescue doesn't turn down "difficult" animals such as those who are older or have medical conditions. The volunteers who run the rescue are extremely well organized and work hard to make sure the adoption is a perfect match for each specific dog/cat--and the adopter(s)! The adoption process is very transparent, and the adoption coordinators provide great advice on helping animal adjust to their new homes. I couldn't recommend DC Paws highly enough if you are looking to add a dog or cat to your family.

Suzanne I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my first time volunteering with an animal rescue, and they have been above and beyond great. Unlike other volunteer groups I've worked with, they're incredibly organized, down to the detail with medication dosage for the animals and full packets for information for when they arrive. All of volunteers and coordinators are responsive, so friendly, and generous with their knowledge. And the foster orientation was so thorough, I felt like I was ready to jump in after I took it.

The dogs and cats that are brought to DC Paws for adoption really are lucky to fall into right hands to find them forever homes.

Lee M.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at an adoption event with DC Paws showed me the direct impact this organization has on animals, families, and the area. How wonderful it is that animals in need of some TLC are given foster owners and kept warm and safe until they are adopted for good, thus ensuring a wonderful experience for each lucky family that encounters these doggos and cats. DC Paws makes the District and surrounding areas a better place to live.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

DC Paws is the little rescue that could. All rescues are brought up from the Carolinas in overwhelmed rural shelters. Volunteers drive up to drop off animals in the DMV area that then get fostered right off transport into wonderful temporary homes. They are then training and cared for until they find their forever home which is so valuable. Each family and pet are painstakingly matched to make sure it truly is a forever home on both sides.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC Paws is the little rescue that could. Started only a few years ago to address a need to support overcapacity shelters in North and South Carolina, DC Paws has utilized the animal friendly DMV network to foster and adopt out these dogs and cats. Animals are transported every few weeks up to the DMV area. With weekly adoption events, ongoing home visits, adoption coordination, a lot happens! It's a smaller organization that needs every volunteer it can get and you can be as involved as you like. There are opportunities to help once a month, every weekend or even during the week to help with home visits for potential adopters. If you prefer online support, there's plenty to do there as well with creating weekly newsletters, online marketing, and vetting adopters and volunteers. It's great that there is so much flexibility and training involved in the rescue and the main founders go above and beyond to help the animals in need. It's a great place to start volunteering across the DMV area.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC Paws is well run rescue. They work hard to give their volunteers and adopters the most supportive network possible. Not only do they care about saving dogs, but they also make sure you are getting all you need to provide for your new fur baby.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC Paws Rescue is a great organization, I have fostered 16 pups and had one foster fail with my new fur baby Sadie. Sadie is such a sweet cat. The ladies and guys are truely committed in finding homes for these wonderful fur babies who just what a chance to a good loving life. Luv that I chose to volunteer with this group.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC Paws does so ,much with so little. Run by volunteers, DC Paws puts all its financial resources into saving the lives of animals. Pulling primarily from rural shelters in SC (but also stepping in for local DC-area shelters), DC Paws makes a big difference. The rescue works with its fosters and adopters to find the best families for loving dogs and cats - and this is an area where I've seen big improvement over the few years I've been involved with them. Thanks, DC Paws, for the great work you!

Claire S.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC Paws is a fantastic rescue organization that deeply cares about their animals. They save animals that otherwise have no chance of survival, and give them the chance they need to live the happy lives they deserve!

Megan C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a foster with DC Paws Rescue. The organization is committed to providing loving homes for animals in need. Their leadership is committed to transparency and doing what is best for each animal.

I have been fostering with DC Paws for three years and I tell everyone how rewarding it has been to know that I have been able to save the lives of so many animals.

For every animal you foster, you save two lives--the life of your foster and the life of the one who takes their place in their respective shelter.

Connie K.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit! Have really enjoyed working with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The sheer effort DC Paws puts into rescuing helpless animals is second to none. From strays and unclaimed pets to animals trapped in domestic situations, the team bends over backwards to save as many animals as they can.
The adoption process is unlike anything I’ve seen before and ensures the animals are going to a family that is the perfect fit for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible organization which pulls animals from the highest risk shelters and places them in carefully vetted forever homes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC Paws rescues pets from high-kill shelters and works to find loving homes for them. As a volunteer, I have seen the effort expended in matching these pets with the right adopters. And... I adopted my own sweet mutt from DC Paws!

Eva L.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for DC Paws off and on for the last three years. The level of dedication, care, and passion is just phenomenal with this organization. They are committed to the welfare of each and every animal which is apparent through the volunteering, fostering, and adopting processes. I have loved working with this group and look forward to future events.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great rescue with great people! I've had positive experiences throughout.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Finally! A rescue group that knows what rescue is about, namely the animals in need. I have been involved in rescue for nearly a decade, and after my last experience, was ready to walk away forever. When I was told about DC Paws, and asked to join, I hesitated, but now cannot say enough good things about them. DC Paws goes above and beyond for the cats and dogs they commit to. This is a kind, supportive and caring group, a rarity in today's world.

1 sarahj

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC Paws really cares about the pets, they are determined to help animals from a small county in SC that has a closed shelter. These ladies work tirelessly to make sure the animals find the best new home possible that gives them the care and love they need.

Started by a group of ladies, they are amazing in all they have accomplished in just a few months and to see what they do on a daily basis to help the animals is wonderful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

DC PAWS Rescue is an AMAZING organization. They brought my new pup to me in July. I was so impressed with the compassion and organization by which they function. My phone calls and emails were all promptly returned, which wasn't the case with other rescues that I had contacted. The animals they rescue in South Carolina are very well cared for -- my vet even commented on Pipers great care while in South Carolina! DC PAWS Rescue is interested in one thing...saving the animal!!! I can't thank them enough!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

They save animals from a place that has no hope!!!

1 PA M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

DC Paws is wonderful. I have had my Sadie since the end of August and she is a blessing. Had it not been for DC Paws Sadie wouldn't be here to share her joy with all those who love her.

All the volunteers were awesome, thorough and helpful. This is my first time with DC Paws but my fourth rescue over the past thirty years. I highly recommend DC Paws to everybody. They remain available for assistance after the adoption. All those involved with DC Paws are an incredible. The countless hours they put in rescuing and finding homes for the homeless animals is no small thing. They make a difference in so many lives. Bless them all.

1 Lizzy S.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

DC PAWS is a great organization to volunteer for. Unlike many of the other non-profits, but more specifically animal rescue organizations in the DC area, DC PAWS is very flexible. There are lots of different volunteer opportunities and directors are flexible with your schedule!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our puppy 3 months ago and couldn't be happier with her or imagine our lives without her! DC paws was very easy to work with and very thorough with their process! From initial application to our pup to actually getting here took about a month, which gave us time to prepare the house and get what we needed to make sure her transition to our home was a positive one! We share pics of her often on the alumni FB page which is also a great page to see other animals that have been adopted and catch up on how their doing! I would absolutely recommend DC paws!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC PAWS is a great organization! They are a bunch of wonderful people that know how to have fun while also rescuing dogs! Nothing better than that. DC PAWS is also committed to purely positive reinforcement training, which is not only near and dear to my heart, but important! If you're looking for a great and fun group, this is it!

1 Lynn B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

DC PAWS is an organization I am proud to be involved with, as a non-profit professional, a professional trainer, and long-time rescue volunteer and adopter. This young organization is built on compassion, kindness, and mindful attention to creating a positive experience for pets and people, and helping homeless animals in communities who are in tremendous need of resources. As a trainer, I am specifically passionate about supporting their educational efforts and advocacy for the use of force-free training methods with foundations deeply rooted in positive reinforcement and animal learning theory. I can't recommend DC PAWS more highly as an organization to adopt from, volunteer with, and donate to.