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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

117 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

20

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi! My sister loves these video's! I don't live in LA but in WA. I really want a dog but I have one. I really am not happy that the dogs are getting hurt . I love HOPE FOR PAWS!!! I don't know why a lot of people are not liking them.

6 David S.26

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The girls on here seem fantastic and they have to be to take Elad's bossiness. I like to watch the videos until he's on there telling them go go go get over there and go nowlike they couldn't possibly rescue the animal without him there to bark out orders. He really seems to think he is something

17

Donor

Rating: 5

I've seen some videos, read a lot of negative reviews and have to say this. 1. Is there a reason so many people think this guy doesn’t deserve to live well because he rescues animals? 2. Have any of these negative people EVER spent hours getting hot, tired, bit, peed on or all the other messes they run into? 3. If you don’t want to donate, don't!! 4. If you plan on saying something negative about others, why don't you save it and go into YOUR WORLD and do something positive. 5. As for local places, I've lived in the same town 27 yrs. the no kill shelter would never even take anything we needed a place for and our other option is animal control. Godspeed to all who have hearts of compassion!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have followed "hope for paws", read the reviews, and came to the conclusion that this whole fiasco is meant for the "hope for paws" PEOPLE involved, and not the animals....most videos are old, yrs old....it appears that ELDAD only does a few rescues a year...the money donated indeed goes to ELDAD's wellbeing rather than the animals in need...i'd rather donate to our local shelters...
also have read too many reviews that said, that they could not get a response when calling their emergency line....very suspicious indeed...instead of being away on rescue calls, I believe that ELDAD is enjoying his enriched life due to all the recurring monthly donations to his phony cause....

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Seems like Eldad's second job is sleeping with his female employees. I'd never give a cent to this crappy charity. I'll give and rescue with my local places

18

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a Hope for Paws dog, a german shepherd who had been hit by a truck and wound up in the pound with a badly fractured femoral head and femur, a broken hip. He sat there for 2 weeks, no other rescue could pull him out because of the very expensive surgery he required. Most rescues opt to save several other dogs for the cost it would take to save just this one. Eldad partnered with a local foundation and together they got him out of the pound, took him to one of the best surgeons in LA, and got his hip repaired. Then the dog went to Westside GS Rescue for adoption, and that's how I came to adopt him, a week after that surgery. The best dog ever. There was no video made about it, Eldad didn't ask for any kind of credit or public recognition for saving this dog. He just pulled him out, paid for the surgery, and made sure he went to a good rescue that was also willing to help. I was so grateful, I made a nice donation to Hope for Paws and was a bit dismayed that it wasn't acknowledged. But at the start of the next year, 9 months later, I got a thank you letter for the donation to his nonprofit that I could use for my taxes. Don't hate the guy because he makes nice videos and makes money on Youtube, like so many other people do for less effort. Anyone else could do it too. He rescues many other animals like mine that also don't get a video made if it's not that exciting of a rescue. I got to know my dog's surgeon. He thought very highly of Eldad, as Eldad brought him many dogs that needed surgery. Most didn't get videos made. Rescue groups work with specific veterinarians that give them discounts and are more flexible to be able to help dogs in distress. My dog's hip fracture was very complicated because it fused while he sat in the pound for 2 weeks, but the surgeon worked miracles and my dog went on to live a very happy life, and that is thanks to Eldad being the only one who was willing to pull him out of the pound and save his life.

19

Donor

Rating: 5

I hate tge fact people are giving soo much hate they need help to help those poor animals that they dont come rescue dogs in your state doesn't mean anything do it yourself they cant just travel each week we have to help them i donate because they are heroes watch their vids all the people saying their a scam is not about the people is about the animal that their lives are in danger .respect and they dont force u to donate u can donate even a dollar so everyone plz stop it.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

I have watched many of HopeForPaws videos and am astounded by the many rescues they have performed. I have just joined the site and am looking forward to seeing all of their videos. Elded does a super job of filming them all and thereby helps us understand how HFP is helping stray and homeless dogs and cats. Good for you and I will become a regular donator.

25

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am curious why NONE of the rescued animals fight to the death when cornered AND all of them love their baths????

34 Susan G.10

Donor

Rating: 1

I am soooooo disappointed with this rescue that I donate to every month. On our Neighborhood website, we were alerted to a homeless dog that has been living near a school for months. Hope for Paws was contacted and they said they would go out the next weekend (a few days later) and never did. They were contacted again and nothing. Very sad and disappointed. This dog needs help and Hope for Paws is not going to give it.

47 whitneysmith3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Hi I am a rescuer in LA for 20 yrs. I know most of the rescue groups in LA personally or via a colleague. I did one rescue with Eldad about 12 yrs ago. I knew who he was and had heard many stories about the money he takes in and how he never follows thru on his rescues. He was involved with a cat trapping and rescue in LA. He came ONE night and took the smallest kittens -never found our where they ended up - and he never came back to help the 78 yr old Latino lady and the 50 yr old man who were doing the trapping of the 20 OTHER cats who needed to be fixed. Eldad’s FIRST sentences to me were “do you know who I am” and I pretended not to. And he went on to tell me about his you tube channel and videos and how a woman once FLEW HIM TO ISRAEL to rescue a cat. On and on. Many years later I volunteered at a spay and neuter clinic in south la. A few of Eldad’s rescued dogs ended up there but the “rescues” he “gave” them to didn’t ever claim them. The owner of the clinic got Eldad to pay boarding for the dogs for a while but then the other owner of the vet clinic closed the clinic and the dogs had to be farmed out to various rescues in emergency. Not exactly quality rescue. RESCUING the animals takes about an hour. Fostering, boarding, taking them to adoptions, screening adopters, Doing home Check’s, taking the animals back when adopters change their minds THAT is the hard work of rescue and NOT GETTING PAID A DIME. Eldad takes a HEARTY salary (in 2017 he claimed 180k). The professional estimates of his monetized you tube channel is that he get about 2 THOUSAND dollars A DAY just from the channel. His 990 tax forms show operating budget bet 3-4 MILLION DOLLARS. Yet he has no boarding facility. He has no staff. He pays for medical on his rescues but that doesn’t exactly eat up MILLIONS of dollars. Notice how he never says HOW MANY RESCUES he does PER YEAR? Also I happen to know he lives in a 3 million dollar home. Yes he “rescues” but so do HUNDREDS of other rescuers in LA and they DO IT FOR NO MONEY. If you want to help rescues who are totally transparent. SOI DOG (soi means street) is awesome and PLUSH BEAR’s rescue (that is the name of the woman) in CHINA they rescue dogs RIGHT OFF THE TRUCKS to the meat markets and then partner with great US rescues and adopters and SHOW THE DOGS In their new homes. Best money I ever spent. SOI DOG and PLUSH BEAR are so worthy. Don’t make Eldad richer. The work he does doesn’t cost that much. The MEDICAL is costly but not in the MILLIONS because he is not rescuing thousands of animals. Sad but true. He is scamming you. Wonder what he had to pay in divorce from his wife Audrey? Then there are so many pretty blond GF one after another. Just look at his tax returns. You can see the problems.

20

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.

32 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.

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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.

34

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.

31

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.

14

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!!

27

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.

13

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.

45

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.

9

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.

15

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.

7

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.

3

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 .

7

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

19

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

36

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.

19

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.

36

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

25

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.

29

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!

53 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.

74

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.

23 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

71

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.

79

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.

25

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.

85

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.

73

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

31

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.

50 Douglas18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Shady organization... pocketing the money they raise.

116

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.

75

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

28

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.

66

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.

17

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I SEE THEM RESCUE A LOT OF GREAT ANIMALS IN NEED ON THE INTERNET, THEY ARE AWESOME FOR WHAT THEY DO BY MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE TO SAVE ANIMALS THAT ARE HOMELESS.

11 Linda373

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Eldad and his wonderful group of angels are the most patient of rescuers i have ever seen. and the fact that they also follow through with the animals long after their rescue speaks volumes about their characters,
anyone who can help these angels please volunteer some time to them. they also have a wish list on Amazon you can donate to.

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hats off to u guys dat ur helping out these poor dogs and giving encouragement to people like me to do the same.I'm from India.I'm an IT professional.yesterday I saw a dog hit by a bike and was lyin on the pavement suffering from pain. Her spinal was totally damaged.we didn't realise dat then. We wanted to help out dat dog becoz we couldn't leave her dere to die.so we searched out for a pet clinic where she could be diagnosed. Bt in India we don have such facilities in every place. Finally we took her to a petclinic where she was given first aid.but d doctor said she has oly 35% chance of survival since her spinal was totally damaged n bleeding from inside.her veins were burstin and dat she was in her last stage.but if we had d facility she could survive.we also informed blue cross about dis but they refused to come n take the injured dog.even if dey take her.they vil let her die.people like me r totally helpless even if we want to help injured dogs.please is there a solution to this.I would be a very happy person if this rescue organisation is set up in India in my state especially.

78

Volunteer

Rating: 1

I emailed them saying I would like to volunteer. They sent me a message saying they don't need anymore volunteers. I have also reached out to them regarding abandoned dogs and never got a response.

70

Client Served

Rating: 1

the worst rescue group !!! 4 days ago i sent a message because i found a dog who apparently had been abandoned in the streets , so i tried to reach them to help because i live in a small apartament with no backyard and i cant keep her(dont worried she is with right now but i trying to find her a forever home). They NEVER answered me like NEVER !!! and two months ago my aunt found a femele dog with her puppies and she call the shelter but they said if they are puppies problably will put down to sleep , but i knew abouth this rescue group and i sent to my aunt the number for hope for paws and never answer again and the dogs were in really bad shape including the puppies. right now i think this group are scam !! they dont rescue any dogs in needs ! the dog it should be dying just for stupid video for money!

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been impressed with the work that Eldad Hagar and his organization are doing. Some of the negative reviews complain that he spends too much time on fancy videos so it must be a scam. That is no proof of a scam. These days it is simple and cheap to strap on a GoPro and get informal videos. The use a formula for putting them to music, captioning, and editing. I imagine it is a pretty quick process by now. Another article went on and on about an old case of an associate of Eldad's being caught embezzling. It looks like he has nothing to do with her any more so I don't see that problem as something that should prevent a non-profit from continuing to operate. No on can guarantee that all of their employees are perfect all of the time. The important thing is that they fix the problem as soon as it is known. This article then ended by basically saying, "Don't donate to Eldad; donate to us!" Oh, OK. If that is not a conflict of interest, I don't know what is. It would be refreshing to read an ubiased, dispassionate analysis of these old cases, but none exist.

Keep up the good work, Eldad!

Review from Guidestar

64

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was taken in by the emotional music filled rescuing of stray dogs on YouTube Hope for Paws. However, something told me to search for Reviews of Hope for Paws on Google. And sure enough Hope for Paws Review did reveal a sordid side to these fabulous tales of dog rescue. First, they dump the dogs after getting their money. Then if you read the stories of the actors and actresses ,you'll find a dark side. Poor exploited You
Tube viewers --in the millions--and poor exploited animals. Why has this con lasted so long?

66

Donor

Rating: 4

I give to several animal rescue/ rehabilitation groups ranging from Center for Biological Diversity (U.S.) to Animal Aid (India) to IAR (International Animal Rescue based in U.K. but right now strongest presence is in Indonesia doing incredible work helping rescue orphaned Orangutans). I used to try to assess if a charity was "donation worthy" based on ratings given out by organizations such as Charity Navigator and Charity Watch. However, the reality is that some groups simply do not meet the matrix that these watchdogs groups require to be rated (or more likely the rating systems used are so incredibly narrow and concentrate on very rigid criteria as is perfectly illustrated in peer review Stanford Social Innovation Review, "The Ratings Game," Summer of 2005, that many really great charities look terrible on paper and thus do not volunteer). As such, I go back to relying on what many people relied on for hundreds of years before charity watchdog groups existed; Worth of mouth.

Hope for Paws receives so much attention, almost all very very positive, that I find it very hard to believe that Eldad Hagar is running some kind of sham. The ONLY negative feedback that I have seen about the organization seems to be the repetition of the SAME "observation"(that is a very generous use of the word within the context of what they said about Mr. Hagar). The initial "report" came from a Facebook in 2013 page titled The Good, The Bad, and The Unforgivable of Animal Cruelty.

Then later that same year FreeNewsPos "reported" about "Many rumors have surrounded Eldad Hagar and his Hope for Paws rescue for the last few years now," which was just a regurgitation of the Facebook page The Good, The Bad, and The Unforgivable of Animal Cruelty which talked about "rumors" of Eldad receiving $15,000 in donations to rescue 100 dogs which it purport that were life "to die." The "news article" offers absolutely no support for its allegations making one of the first sentences about "many rumors" an accurate description of its own "article."

The only evidence offered was a reference to a court case July 7, 2010, in a lawsuit for nonpayment to Top Dog Resort for boarding fees, Hope for Paws lost. After researching this further I found out that that the complaint originates in what is known as the Palmdale Arizona Dogs. In 2010 Mr. Hagar and his former partner Sharon Gold discovered the gruesome site of over 100 dogs on a property in the desert where they were dying of hunger, of thirst, neglect...Hagar and Gold stepped up to help all of the dogs. A monumental task for such a fledgling organization (they had only been formed since the very end of 2008 according to Charity Navigator profile). They likely took on more than they could financially and logistically handle, thus the inability to pay Top Dog Resort for some of the rescued dogs brought to them. This "article" also report that Ms. Gold has since gone to jail for "embezzlement." I scoured everything I could about Ms. Gold but was not able to find the legal case. I was able to see, however, that whatever happened with Ms. Gold she is no longer involved with Hope for Paws and apparently has not been for some time. She may very well have embezzled money, I do not know as I could not find the court case or the ruling.

The opinion pieces written about the Palmdale Arizona Dogs and Ms. Gold would have kept me from donating had I not researched the issue further. The allegations of calling the founder of Hope for Paws a "fraud" all seem to be based upon that initial Facebook page that "reported" its impression of the Palmdale Arizona Dogs. The whole "article" is an opinion piece. What became more disturbing is when I dug even a little deeper and decided I should research the entity behind the strident attacks against Hope for Paws and found that the individual who has made some of the loudest attacks against Hope for Paws is herself under investigation for animal hoarding and cruelty. I had heard that there is an underbelly in the world of animal rescue and that rather than working together groups can find themselves at each others throats because they are in such desperate need of donations that some get to the point of feeling like the only way to survive another day is to undermine its "competition," and often times the groups struggling to survive will band together, so to speak in an attempt to take down a group, or groups , that are doing exceptionally well. I never ever believed that anyone involved with helping animals COULD EVER behave in such a way. I was so wrong.

What is nice to see though is that Hope for Paws has survived these attacks, at least so far they have. They continue to focus on their work. When I watch these videos I do not feel manipulated. This guy obviously loves these creatures. I read some posts where people state that they feel quality of the video and the music proves the point that Hope for Paws' focus is on getting money by enticing people through high quality video. Really? He takes video that are pretty darn close in "production value" to what I am able to capture on my phone. Then he attaches music to it before uploading to his site. So, let's get honest about THAT. I don't know of any 13 year old who cannot do the exact same thing with his or her smartphone and a desktop. The fact is that it is NOT how he captures these rescues on video it is HOW HE RESCUES these abandoned creatures that nobody else wants, that everyone else has ignored for weeks, months, years, that nobody else wants to crawl around in sewers or garbage dumps for, and that some people did not really have a problem with Mr. Hagar doing until his videos started to become popular.

The first wave of negative commenting came at the end of 2013. All of the commenting was based on opinions about Mr. Hagar and the Palmdale Arizona dogs rescue in 2010. People (other "rescue groups" maybe?) did not make public grievances against Hope for Paws until 3 years after the "problem." What seems most significant is that Hope for Paws did not begin receiving this criticism until after mainstream media began writing positive stories the organization and Mr. Hagar .


As far as donations are concerned, from what I have read Hope for Paws is a solid charity. It seems to have a built a really good network of fosters and rescues (which oddly its critics think is a bad thing. Perhaps they are not update with newer models that show that the traditional stand-alone brick and mortar "shelter" is not necessarily the best way. The most successful groups out there are networks of volunteers). What I also like is that Hope for Paws takes on the grooming and MEDICAL costs of the animals that it rescues, and if the handful of videos I have watched of the many sickly dogs living in deplorable conditions is any indication, those initial medical costs must seem overwhelming. Indeed, I did read an interview with Mr. Hagar and his wife and they had acknowledged that the medical costs are "astronomical." It does not seem quite fair to criticize Hope for Paws for not being a full service rescue group as they have never identified themselves as such. They are the first stage in the rescue process a stage that is often times the most expensive for dogs that are coming in physically ill.

I feel confident about donations I have given them. The one thing that I would not mind seeing would be a more specific breakdown of how much it spends on those initial emergency grooming and medical bills. I think showing those numbers would be very worthwhile and would be helpful in curbing the effects of what really is seeming more and more like baseless attacks and Mr. Hagar and his charity.

28

Donor

Rating: 5

I signed up to give a monthly donation after seeing many videos of their rescues. I live in the UK, where the worlds biggest, most profitable animal charity, the RSPCA is based. The work hope for paws does puts them to absolute shame, their officers very rarely go out of their way to help injured and suffering animals and most would never spend time gaining an animals trust in order to rescue it. They'd just deem it dangerous and put it down. We have major problems with abandoned horses over here and the mo, and they're being left to starve as the worlds richest charity claims it has no funds to rescue them and house them. Ordinary people are what makes a difference and if you're not happy or convinced re hope for paws then get off your backsides and do something meaningful yourselves.

29 Laura242

Donor

Rating: 4

Animal rescues is a very heartbreaking, dirty and in a lot times can seem thankless. But the animals are always thankful and that's what really matters. Unfortunately, in order to continue with rescues the people who run Hope for Paws and all the rest have to rely on donations from "people". That's were everyone runs into trouble. There are always some people who are not happy unless they have something to complain about.
I have been reading other reviews and I find some of them to be of a selfish nature. But the one by Sally Hansen in July 2014 that was so negative, heck she wasn't even reviewing the right charity. She is complaining about an organization called Hope for Life not Hope for Paws. If you are going to give a negative review, do you think you could take the time to get it on the correct site. It showed you have negatively influenced a number of people against the Wrong organization. You have stolen money away from Hope for Paws and the animals they rescue because of your whining that they were rude to you. Again let me say you are complaining about the wrong organization. Well maybe the people at Hope for LIfe had reason not fawn all over you. I believe you said you were court ordered, so you weren't even there cause you cared about the animals. Get over yourself and quit being selfish. It is about helping animals, not about you. If you have to see and deal with the kind of suffering these people do day in and day out, you have to release it through humour that outsiders do not understand. Doctors, nurses, firefighters etc. all share this type of "humour" or they would go nuts.
The people wanting personal Thank Yous should stop & think. Consider the fact that these people are to busy to sit down & send out little thank you notes because they are to busy taking care of these poor animals. You contributed to Hope For Paws because you saw a video/videos that impressed you. So you can still be impressed because they are still out there helping animals not sitting in some office sending out little thank you notes.

Review from Guidestar

60

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This blog has quite a few testimonials regarding the fraud and corruption with Hope For Paws. The partner landed in jail for embezzlement. The videos are very moving, but there is a lot of shady talk surrounding this organization. Donate to your local shelter or local rescue, they are a safer bet and much more under funded than this group.

http://thegoodthebadtheunforgivable.blogspot.com/2013/12/hope-for-paws-eldad-hagar-abandoned.html

52

Donor

Rating: 1

I was going to donate, but I wanted to check the non-profit out first. I found this article and am very concerned about its accusations.

http://www.freenewspos.com/news/article/f/271623/today/allegations-of-fraud-dog-killing-and-pet-abandonment-surround-hope-for-paws

45 Cheryl133

Donor

Rating: 1

I donated two years ago on-line. When I received a request for money postcard by mail I was turned off. They seemed to be more of a video production team evoking people's emotions from animal suffrage and salvation then a genuine charity group. They are Hollywood based amateur animal care people, untrained with any degree pertaining to their line of work having talents in the area of video production focused on saving stray abandoned pets. The owner is great with dogs.

With that said, though the owner of Hope for Paws is extremely good with animals and video production, he receives millions of hits on several videos, some within a few days. They receive Google Ad revenue and on each video ask for a donation of $5.00 If just 2% of those who visited their videos gave a donation they'd be millionaires. Their overhead is low since they do not run a vet staff they contract out. They have few employees and many volunteers some of whom are provided publicity as Hollywood based models.

When you think about it, they act as if they're in need of donations yet they don't provide any information on how they are building themselves into a real charity such as the ASPCA, SOI Dog, and others who are the real deal having risen with a lot of hard work, not by virtue of video productions alone. When I note they use Hollywood models in their recent rescue videos who are seeking publicity and name recognition for their volunteerism I have a serious question mark about Hope for Paws.

In their 2012 revenue I find it hard to believe they only grossed approximately $650,000 while their overhead left them with only about $100,000 revenue. I question the truthfulness of their reporting taxes to the government in order to hide a tax burden. All they do is rescue cats and dogs, a couple per week, give them vet care, keep them at volunteer and their own homes and then adopt them out to the Hollywood community or anyone else they choose. They have a talented production team making these videos they receive thousands of dollars a week from Google Ad revenue while they make it seem they're desperate for cash. What are their ultimate goals and objectives? What other organizations do they work with to benefit the entire animal rescue community? I'd like to see their latest gross income figures for 2014 and question why they aren't up on this site as of yet before I ever donate again.

I'm sorry, when someone apparently wasn't satisfied with my $10 donation I took the post card I received asking for more money as a violation of my privacy. I donated on-line for their video, didn't expect the aggression. I strongly felt the attempt to be taken advantage of due to the emotionalism ascribed to these videos. The audacity of Hope for Paws to ask for more money as if they need it to exist when they're doing just fine with millions of hits per video all of the time within days! 2% of those people donate $5 and they're multi millionaires! I've read about HOP donors in comments of videos claiming they can barely afford to donate $5 per month they're committed too. Hope for Paws needs a reality check to be begging for money from people who barely make a living. In the meantime, HOP better be reporting their income accurately to the Feds. I'll be waiting for the latest figures.

After I wrote this review I did search under charity reviews and found this article:

http://www.freenewspos.com/news/article/f/271623/today/allegations-of-fraud-dog-killing-and-pet-abandonment-surround-hope-for-paws

http://thegoodthebadtheunforgivable.blogspot.com/2013/12/hope-for-paws-eldad-hagar-abandoned.html

25 May F.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization does a great service by rescuing strays AND showing their work on youtube so people are inspired to get involved with animal welfare wherever they live.

It's frustrating that some REVIEWS are for OTHER ORGANIZATIONS with similar names! Examples:
- October 23, 2014, 1-star review talks about a bad experience with "shelter staff" and the "cat house." Hope for Paws in California, run by Eldad Hagar, rescues stray dogs and does not have a shelter or cat house.
- July 28, 2014, 1-star review describes experiences volunteering for "Paws for Life" in Pueblo - clearly not the same organization!
Guidestar and GreatNonprofits: does your system have a way to prevent and/or remove misplaced reviews??

As someone who's worked with nonprofits on management and fundraising matters, I'll add this:
Hope for Paws has grown a lot over the past year in terms of donations and visibility. It's a relatively young organization and a small organization (very few staff). It appears they have independent accounting professionals preparing their financials/IRS filings, and they're doing the right things by expanding their board to include some outside people.

While I can understand the August 28, 2014, comment about not receiving a thank-you note for a generous gift, I can also appreciate that Hope for Paws has grown so dramatically that they probably haven't set up systems to process the volume of donations they're now receiving (donations nearly quadrupled when you compare 2012 and 2013 IRS filings - the most recent available). Small nonprofits with virtually no staff often struggle with things like donor relations when they need to scale up quickly. I hope Hope for Paws keeps its grassroots spirit while making the adjustments that come with increased donations and visibility.

24

Donor

Rating: 5

The reviewers who are giving anything less than a four or five star are you sure your review is for "Hope for Paws Animal Rescue" run by Eldad Hagar? I am a monthly donor and I could not be more in awe of what that man and his assistants do. I do not expect a special thank you, my thank you is watching the videos of him saving the animals. I thank him for what he does.

46

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't know this group other then through their videos. IF they are fake then they will be caught. Scammers generally don't like lots of publicity. These people take the general public into their facilities, unlike some of the big name animal charities that do TV commercials but never show the doctors or people involved. The complaints I see are generally people who complain that they were not thanked enough for their donation. I guess they are the type who only donate for their own gratification and don't really care about the cause. For those treated suspiciously when trying to adopt, I guess that you are too stupid to realize that gang members and dog fighters often try to adopt dogs for their own evil purposes. Do you really want this group to NOT be careful and hand over these rescued dogs to just anyone? As for the guy that complained about their inappropriate humor among themselves: People who have to deal daily with the results of human cruelty often use that type of humor to blow off steam. I have seen it with cops and prison guards. IF that is what they have to do in order to avoid internalizing it and then taking it out violently on the first person they see mistreating an animal, so be it. Get over it.
Personally, I came here looking for evidence of funds mishandling before I donate. All I found was a bunch of self involved whiners who don't have the guts to get out there and do the hard work these people do. I also found a lot (most of the reviews) of good people who want to help an organization that has taken on a thankless task.

27

Donor

Rating: 4

We have donated to Hope for Paws for several years. I don't understand the person who wrote her grandson did not get a "thank you". I just sent in a donation on line and had a receipt from PayPal within moments, followed by a "thank you" email from Hope for Paws. Like others on this site we don't care if Eldan sends a more personal thank you...the online one is fine. We'd rather he and his wife spend their time and money rescuing dogs in need. Thank you, Hope for Paws, for all you do for these poor, abused animals. I only wish you would move up to the San Francisco Bay Area...we need you here, too.

18 Sophia H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would have given this shelter 0 stars but the one star is for the cat house. I had a horrible experience at PAWS. I felt profiled and discriminated against by the shelter staff when we went to look at adopting a dog. I recomend to never contribute money to this shelter if they continue to treat people so bad.