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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Hope for paws rescues dogs and all other animals who are suffering on the streets and in shelters. Our goal is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society, to reduce euthanasia rates at shelters, increase adoption rates, and inspire people all over the world to take action in order to end animal abuse, neglect, and homelessness.

Programs: In the past year we were able to save hundreds of dogs and cats from a life of pain and suffering. We worked with dozens of rescues all over the united states, and by working together, we were able to get all of these animals great medical care, bring all of them to foster homes, and find each and every one of them a loving forever home. In the past year we started a spay/neuter program and got hundreds of dogs and cats fixed in an effort to reduce the overpopulation problem here in southern california. Hope for paws' rescue videos and photos continue to inspire people from all over the world, and this year they were viewed over 75 million times.

Community Stories

106 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5

Donor

Rating: 5

This group of angels performs some incredible animal rescues. They throw every bit of physical energy and love into every rescue. They are wonderful!! Please donate!!! See their you tube videos.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have no issue with the practices of Hope for Paws (HFP). The are affiliated with approx. 35 other rescues. Having worked for a GSD rescue, that is what we do, it’s called networking and very effective. HFP also covers all vet bills ($$$) prior to passing the dogs on to the appropriate breed rescue., I don’t call that “dumping” the dog off, geez. When my GSD rescue found a Labrador retriever we would send it to a Lab rescue and vice versa.
I did make a $5.00 monthly donation to HFP and received a boilerplate email of confirmation and thanks. I’m totally cool with that - many companies that are efficient do that - banks, insurance companies...
I also looked into the reference link that I’ve seen posted here numerous times slamming this group and the link doesn’t even exist
I also volunteer making fancy websites and youtube videos for free for charitable causes and I don’t expect anything in return but I wouldn’t fault a charity if they did pay someone. So just because their product is well produced don’t assume they rip people off. All the negative crap here has weak arguments with links that don’t exist. I would be happy to know Eldad has a pool and gets paid $120,000 a year. Money well spent imho. Is he aloud to go on a vacation to a fancy resort or will people criticize that too? I guess he has to live in a crappy house to make you happy. Yes , there is no actual address but instead just a postal box, that’s not fishy that’s actually very common. Charities do that to lower our costs. Sometimes we work out of our homes. Best $5.00 I ever spent.

2 Phyllis C.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I would like to know where people that are trashing this organization get their information. It is imperative that you state where you get your information from to be credible.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I saw a female dog last night by Harris Ranch, I texted Paws emergency number, I emailed them, I called them this morning. Nothing happened! I could tell that female dog was breastfeeding and her puppies were somewhere close. I have been donating for Hope for Paws for years and I will stop it immediately. What a scam! I am very worried about that dog because she was going back and forth and crossing the busy highway filled with big trucks. No more donation to this organization! They are fake.

5

Donor

Rating: 1

I would give Hope For Paws five stars if I were rating them as a video production company. Their slickly edited videos are very moving, and on more than one occasion inspired me to donate to what I thought was a wonderful organization. But once I began to look for more information about them, my support quickly turned to suspicion. According to charitynavigator.org, HFP has assets of over $2 million and reported income of $3.8 million. But Google maps shows their address as a mailbox store. There isn't a lot of tangible information about how many animals they have found homes for, or documented follow-up to their heart-tugging rescue videos. There are, however, court documents and reports from shelters that call into question their integrity. Although I would like to believe in them, HFP just seems too questionable for me to continue to donate. I'll support my local shelters instead.

8

Donor

Rating: 1

Just no. I donated for a couple of years, and never received a receipt or acknowledgement which raised my suspicions. And for those who say 'they don't have the time' that is incredibly naive. Simple admin tasks like this are all automated easily and cheaply. Anyhow, this organization, according to their tax returns, rakes in millions and millions of dollars each year (https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/262869386) yet run no dedicated facility and have no major overheads. Apparently only a couple of hundred thousand dollars go on salaries - the rest is 'expenses.'Those expenses apparently cover saving hundreds of dogs across the USA - according to their tax return statments- collaborations with many other shelters and a recent spay and neuter program in S. LA. It's all very general with few specifics. Strange then that there are so few actual stories documented and so little data available. $3-4 million dollars is a massive amount of revenue. Just imagine what other rescues could achieve with that kind of donor base. We should all expect much more from a non-profit such as this.

2

Donor

Rating: 5

I am an animal lover who cares for all animals great and small. The cynicism in some of the messages is truly mind-boggling. Is there truly no trust left in our Starbucks crazed country? I am a contributor and could not be more proud of it!! When I dared to shared this with some friends of mine, like other critics of this worthy cause, I was severely criticized. I quickly learned my lesson and do not share this with anyone unless I know in advance how they treat and feel about animals. Keep up the good work Hope for Paws and more power to those of us who still care!!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Simple scam. They collect money from the public, get volunteer enterprises like vets, dog grooming and such, for free, in return of free publicity. Then they dump the pets on various charities that demand a whole lot of money for adoption. Go to the local shelter and for a few buck (some dates even for free) one can find his/hers furry friend.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a trustworthy nonprofit that is rescuing hundreds and providing necessary medical care, which helps place animals in homes and avoid euthanasia. The videos they share on YouTube and Facebook help inspire individuals to action, whether it's calling in about an animal in danger, making a donation, or adopting a pet. If you visit ProPublica, you can find the 990s for Hope for Paws to understand their finances. And if you visit GuideStar, you can see that they have shared enough information to earn the gold seal. This is a small team with a very large impact.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was going to donate as their videos are very moving. Bless those dogs and animals! But I couldn't find solid information about their charity rating. ALWAYS check so your donations are used as you intend! Foundations like Soi Dog have fantastic transparency and third-party ratings (annual financial audits by third parties), and they're very happy to display them on their website in addition to giving you a personalised receipt for every donation you make. A lack of transparency is the biggest red flag about any not-for-profit asking for money.

In addition, the numbers don't add up for HFPs IN MY OPINION: they should be a large operation with many more staff and more rescue cases for the millions in donations they do SEEM to receive. Until they're more transparent about compliance, tax, and how much of the money actually goes to the animals, I will refrain from donating.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I just saw the rescue of the kitten on the highway. I hope Napolean is doing well. My rescued pups wanted us to send a donation to say thank you.

8

Donor

Rating: 4

I noticed several reviews stating that Hope for Paws did not send receipts for monthly donations. I make a monthly donation through Pay Pal and have always received a receipt through my email.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

They obviously help dogs that would probably have died without them. I follow one of their most famous rescues on Facebook with the adoptive family, the dog is healthy and happy. Jordan, the puppy that was mutilated by a mentally ill person, they cut off his leg and threw him in the Los Angeles river. Luckily, it was in the middle of the drought and he didn't drown. HFP climbed down and made the rescue and got the medical care he needed... so I know that the dogs end up in good homes eventually.

They are raking it in though. Looks like they took in close to $4 million dollars in 2016. Like most charities, they are probably somewhere in the middle. They are abhorrent at the PayPal thing. Luckily, Paypal now has a way to stop a subscription on the paypal end as HFP would never get back to you. I'm sure they pay themselves quite well and write off their vehicles and part of their home costs. Many charities do this.

Audrey died a few years ago, Eldad made a video of commemoration.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a retired hair stylist of 25 years and I have 2 rescues and one we bought from a friend . Male Maltese for $550. But I have a blind 10 year old lab and a female Bischon that was dropped off at our pound in middle of night and tied to fence . I love watching your show only because you show the happy and healthy ending . It brakes my heart to see what people will do to animals . I will be resueing more after my lab goes . She is not good with new dogs around her . When I can i would love to adopt a momma Maltese and 1 of her babies . That is my plan . But Sadie is 10 and I am praying for 10 more years with .

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Their tax form for 2016 available here https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/full_text/201733199349315978/IRS990

Review from Guidestar

12

Donor

Rating: 4

Hope For Paws pulls animals -- mainly dogs -- off the streets, pays for their vet bills and general rehab out of the donations they are given, and then releases the dogs to other rescue organizations who then foster the dogs and take care of the business of finding them forever homes. It's a small organization that's received worldwide attention because of the expert videographer skills of its founder, Eldad Hagar. I see nothing wrong with his method of rescuing the dogs in this way and handing them off to other organizations. Those organizations agree to accept the animals and they get a plug in the credit page on his YouTube videos, which are seen by millions of avid fans.

As a regular donor, I am beginning to feel a little concern for the lack of transparency about how the funds he collects are being used. He has a website, but no financial information of any kind is posted on it. As a 501c3 I don't think he is required to post anything, but at this point his organization has surely collected millions and enjoys a steady income from the thousands of fans who are set up for regular monthly contributions. I would just like to see a pie chart, showing the amount of money that goes to veterinary care, administrative, personal salaries and so on. I would like to know who receives salary from Hope For Paws. I have seen nearly all the videos and as time has gone on, Eldad is taking less of an active role in the rescues. Many times, he is the one hanging back and videotaping everything and his lovely blond assistants are doing all the work. I would like some reassurance that Loreta and the other rescuers who work with him are not just donating their time and effort for free.

It is a good thing they are doing. Their video work calls attention to the plight of homeless animals in a way that few rescue organizations can match. Eldad and his team frequently venture into risky situations -- in landfills and garbage dumps, under freeways, in abandoned buildings -- where many rescue organizations do not go. They are brave, persistent and compassionate. A little -- a very little -- financial transparency would go a long way towards easing lingering doubts about their sincerity.

Review from Guidestar

18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization is a scam that exploits, abuses, and abandons animals for cash. Not sure why they're still in business. Ignore those laughable videos they make...the ones that show these con artists "saving" dogs and highlighting their own names in the captions to perpetuate their own self-importance. These people are criminals and need to be stopped, not supported.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They found my dog and got it back to me. I thought he was dead and missing. They found him
When he was sick and paid for his health and found me. I almost fainted. They are a blessing for me and my family.

18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I worked 20 years in nonprofit sector. This organization's financial reporting some of the least trustworthy ever seen. Nothing more recent than 2014 Form 990 available as I write this in June, 2017. That is unheard of. VAST majority of expenses ($2.476 Million) simply listed as "Other" with no explanation. No transparency. Only 1/3 of $3M+ in revenue shown as vet expenses or grants. Over $800K apparently saved as cash ("assets".) Least trustworthy financial reporting imaginable as well as inexcusably out of date.

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

To some of the "reviews" on this charity...1) Non profit doesn't mean that people working for the non-profit do not get paid. It isn't realistic to expect any person to "work" (i.e., rescue dogs) full-time or even standard part-time hours for zero pay. Most people - unless independently wealthy - cannot afford to do so. They have to buy food, shelter, cars, etc., just like the rest of us do. 2) If you are going to make claims that could result in a negative impact to the non profit you are reviewing you should cite links or detail where you found the information/claims you are making so others can review as well. If this is a legitimate organization your claims may affect their ability to obtain donations which then affects their ability to save these animals. 3) To those who claim "no one knows what happens to these animals". In fact Hope for Paws states very clearly in their videos the other rescue organizations they work with to get these dogs fostered and adopted. In virtually all of the videos you see the before and the "after" - the dog recovered from the abandonment and/or abuse they have suffered. There have also been many cases where there is a separate video or pictures of the dogs with their new families. Some of these new families even have started FB pages with their rescued dog(s). I have donated to Hope for Paws - and I don't know if the claims made by some here are legitimate or not - I would hope the latter. But if you're going to make claims that could affect a non profit and the work they do - sharing where you obtained your information is the responsible thing to do IMO.

14

Donor

Rating: 1

This organization is a fraud. Do not donate to it!!! I just watched a video from this organization requesting donations, but this video is old and from another source. This animal has been adopted years ago. This is a scam!

40 Lee_62

Advisor

Rating: 1

I would not donate to this charity as there are many unanswered questions in regards to their financial status. The videos are made to sucker you in to donate money, they have been accused of dumping animals in the desert and left to die. Do lots of research before you give them money, there are many, many legitimate groups who actually help and rescue animals for adoption. Don't be fooled.

59

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have watched the videos and cried and prayed--came very close to donating then did some research.Have a few questions:for an organization that takes in millions,why only 3 staff members?Or am i wrong?If Eldad is claiming non-profit status then is it true he bought a house with a pool(Profit!) from the donations???Why all the secrecy re the finances and why no reports to the IRS for 2 years?Why the trips-funded by donations-to Costa Rica to rescue dogs when so many in America need rescuing still?Could be the organization which is only a drop box for mail has 3 people because these 3 can keep their lips zipped? One of the Lisas is an "actress"and the other a weight-lifter and both really adore their "SELFIES''.I noticed from the start that the vids are too slick and so is the way Eldad talks.Also I thought he was 36 years old?Read that he was an Israeli army commander-then read that he came to America at age 18.Was he an army commander at 18 also?Or 16? How about 12?Something stinks out there in Hollywoodland and it ain't the Halibut,Jazz-bo.

16 Karo G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Lisa and Hope for Paws,
Here are Duke’s before and after pics from his surgery last week. He is doing SO much better thanks to you and Red Rover. He is now eating well and is not in the constant pain and misery he was in with his ear.

Thank you so much for your compassion and financial help so that Duke could have his surgery. I and my neighbor Katie will be forever grateful that you were able to help pay the vet’s bill as there was no way that Katie could have afforded to have it and would have had to put Duke to sleep. He means the world to her and I believe that you saved two lives with your help. You and Hope for Paws are amazing! Please keep up the wonderful work that you do for these helpless animals! Duke before surgery, in fact, his growth became as large as a golf ball right before the surgery and he was in terrible pain.

Thank you again and again!

Best regards,
Carole Jensen

52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I started researching this organization and since it is a nonprofit I searched via State of California charity database. There is a file. They collected over $2 million last year. However, they are seriously delinquent in providing the state required financial information since 2014! The state mailed them a letter dated July 26, 2016 giving them 30 days from the date of the letter to provide it or they can lose their tax exempt status. I map viewed their Beverly Hills address and it's a mail drop. Until this org becomes more forthcoming I wouldn't donate. Good luck trying to find those rescued dogs to adopt also.

61

Donor

Rating: 1

What research confirms this is an honest and transparent organization committed to the dogs? Other than all the publicity for the videos that pull on our heart strings I haven't found anything that assures me this is a group whose real mission is to rescue and find homes for dogs. They get millions of hits for many of the videos and ask for a $5 donation. You do the math. If only 5% of people responded they would make millions. The income they do declare is far under what would be expected with the enormous publicity generated by the multiple viral videos.Yet they can't hire someone to make sure people get receipts acknowledging the donation. And we don't really know what happens to these dogs.

So please, direct me to the sites that will assure me of their integrity. I've yet to find them.

19

Donor

Rating: 5

They are the best organization. Selfless people saving animals round the clock!! They have helped so many animals find better lives.

I do my research carefully and and am very impressed with this group.

67

Donor

Rating: 1

Based on a video I saw of the rescue of a dog named Jordan (whose leg had been cut off), I began donating $10 a month to HopeForPaws. I thought it was odd that I never received any acknowledgement, communication or updates. After two years of monthly donations, I finally googled and saw plenty of evidence that this organization is not to be trusted.

53

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I came upon their youtube vids and initially thought they were God's gift to homeless and abandoned dogs.
I always gave them a 'like' and shared their vids.
BUT...something seemed off...the vids were very slickly done....way more so then any other group that was starting off and it never showed the dogs in their apt or home. It seemed it always went from a rescue of a dog filled with fleas/mange many times injured to the vet that was always open. My vet isn't always available to me.
Then I read how a dog was left in the desert in a crate...of course the dog died a horrible death. Eldad and his wife were directly responsible so I had read. Running out on boarding fees and his wife saying in court he couldnt speak English.
I don't know if everything if true but court records don't lie.
Seems there is enough proof to think way more than twice about believing what this organization says.
I'd certainly never give them a penny...I know way more deserving grassroots organizations that don't live in Beverly Hills and go without to help animals.
They say an associate is the one that caused trouble for them but I don't buy it.
This Hope for Paws seems way too fishy.

Review from Guidestar

23

Client Served

Rating: 5

I contacted Eldad from Hope For Paws when I was trying to rescue a dog who had been abandoned and was difficult to get to because he was scared of people. Eldad was willing to drive 40 miles outside L.A. at 1:00am to rescue this dog. I couldn't get help at that time of night from anyone but Hope For Paws. From everything I've seen, they are truly dedicated.

33 Douglas18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Shady organization... pocketing the money they raise.

92

Donor

Rating: 1

I made a monthly recurring donation of $50 after seeing some of the very emotional Hope for Paws videos. I became suspicious when I never received any acknowledgment of my donation though they are a 501(c) charity. I started to do some research and was left with very troubling questions, particularly about what happens to the dogs they rescue and the money they generate. Two months ago I tried to stop my monthly donation. Paypal said I had to contact them directly. I called several times and emailed (as directed by their voicemail). No one ever called back or responded by email. I was about to close my paypal account when they (paypal) finally stopped the donation. I contacted Hope for Paws and wrote I wanted that last $50 refunded since, for two months, I had tried to cancel the donation. Finally got an email saying there was nothing they could do about it.

All this has left me with a very bitter taste in my mouth and the belief this group uses the dogs to profit personally while hiding their income from the IRS. Give to your local rescue organization. I really believe they are crooks.

60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I was about to write a check until I saw the address in Beverly Hills......really?

I will write a check to my local Humane Society

27

Client Served

Rating: 5

In an industry filled with some less-than-ethical people and a lot of people who might be ethical but are just plain crazy, Eldad and team stand out for a few things: They don't get involved in the drama--they just keep their heads down and concentrate on doing the right thing to the extent that they can and they are realistic. They cannot, on their own, perform every single rescue out there....they have been great working with groups to help with rescues that others do--ie: we rescued a poor dog who needed surgery before he was able to be pulled from the shelter. Without question, they helped us to fund it and make sure that he got the care he needed.....we aren't a 501c3, but a group of neighbors trying to do the right thing. They recognized that and stepped up when other rescue organizations wouldn't or did and then took the money we raised and scammed us.

52

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Be very, very wary people. A "nonprofit" with an office on swanky Century Park East in LA? I don't think so! That alone says how they are spending their millions upon millions in profits. Do NOT donate.