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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: PAWS' mission is to prevent cruelty to all animals by promoting humane standards through education and example, to provide care and shelter for homeless animals, aid in the reduction of domestic animal overpopulation, and aid in the enforcement of laws, including the investigation of animal cruelty and abuse. Our main goal is to provide the best possible care for the animals while in our custody and finding them new permanent, loving homes. Our attempts to place homeless animals into good homes help not only the animal but also provide a new owner with a loving companion and possibly a memorable life experience.

Target demographics: Abused and neglected animals

Direct beneficiaries per year: Rescue and rehome over 100 animals

Geographic areas served: Anywhere we are needed

Programs: PAWS concentrates on promoting public awareness regarding animal welfare issues, pet health care, disaster preparedness, and most importantly, the necessity of spaying and neutering. We visit local schools, churches, and civic organizations in an effort to educate the public about what they can do to help the nationwide epidemic of pet overpopulation. PAWS also takes a role in rescue operations during a national disasters and we assist with large scale hording and cruelty cases. In addition, we have education programs for kids in schools and a therapy pet program in hospitals and nursing homes.

Community Stories

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

PAWS is a great rescue they do amazing things. They give homeless and abandoned dogs medical care and foster them in loving volunteer homes until the perfect family comes along and adopts them. These people are angels and warriors.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I need HELP. Recently had surgery. My Dane Pups surprised me with thirteen little one. Large breeds mate young! I have completed shots and spay on females. Only have three that need a home quickly. A Blond female and a Blonde male and a Brown male. Please!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love For Big and Small...http://texasgreatdane.org/
Whether it's fostering, adopting or helping out at Adoption Events we (as a family) love giving back where animals are concerned. If I have to choose ONE volunteer job over another it'd be giving time and money to those organizations that help save and protect animals (to our surprise Haven for Hope even has a shelter for their guests dogs!). Years ago we stumbled upon Paws of Austin (a local Great Dane Rescue) and found our sweetheart Great Dane. She was an abused Dane that needed lots of love and help. Not knowing what would come to be, we adopted her while fostering for another local Great Dane Rescue. Although she had 'baggage' she was the sweetest dog that ever came into our home and despite her neurological issues we loved her so much. It was frustrating and sad at times when you could see the confusion on her face and you knew that there was nothing that could help her. We put all of our time and energy into finding alternatives to help her and we met some amazing people along the way (as well as some interesting remedies) but never did cross paths with one course of treatment that would help. Our sweetheart Dane is no longer with us but she did lay the ground work for our passion to help- and that will never stop. Giving (whether it be our time, our money or our love) is very important to us because we have seen over and over again how it can positively impact in even the smallest way.

Review from #MyGivingStory

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We adopted our second Great Dane his year (2015) from PAWS of Austin and I'm sure it won't be our last one!

This is a great organization that not only provides the best care for each animal they rescue, they help by educating the adopters and the general public about proper care and responsible pet ownership. They do not limit themselves to any one breed or species - any and all are welcome in their group!

They are a big supporter to help end puppy mills and do everything they can to help shut down puppy mills and aid in taking in puppy mill survivors.

PAWS of Austin is made up of dedicated people who work tirelessly in their fight in advocating for those with no voice!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience adopting. They were very helpful and checked up on us to follow up after the adoption process. Very grateful for people like them who help animals find new owners. Our donkey Penny has found her forever home and is a very happy girl.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our amazing Great Dane "Duke" from Paws of Austin. I had a wonderful and blessed experience in doing so. I was given all the details about Duke before I drove from McKinney, TX to Austin to meet him. It was love at first sight. Prima was amazing and very helpful in every aspect. I wished I lived closer so I could become a foster home, but knowing me I would keep them all!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We were humbled by the love, care and devotion Paws of Austin showers the animals with. We adopted our second Dane from Paws. A puppi which was discarded in the streets by the breader since it was deaf and partially blind, yet miraculously survived in the wild for months. Finally, it was captured by a rescue but was going to be uthanized since now it was also extremely emanciated. At this time, Paws of Austin fought to take the puppi from the other rescue so it can have a chance to experience love, life and family. Today this puppi is a year and a half old beautiful, healthy and playful Great Dean with a family who adores him. His name is Blizard. Thank you Paws of Austin and thank you Prima, for giving Blizard a chance of life, when no one else was willing to!!! May God always shower you and Paws with his favor and blessings!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws of Austin, Great Dane Rescue, is an amazing organization. I adopted two Great Danes through them and was touched by the care and responsibility demonstrated by this organization toward the animals they rescue. The folks at Paws actually make a positive difference in the lives of animals and people they come in contact with and I will be forever grateful to them for bringing my two Danes into my life. Keep up the great work, Paws!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a Great Dane from Paws of Austin, we had a great experience!! They make this process easy and stress free.

4 Marne L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 wonderful Great Danes from PAWS of Austin. It is a wonderful organization and Prima is amazing.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization, dedicated and cares for each animal. Thank y'all for your service.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS Of Austin is a wonderful organization. The care and dedication given to each animal is beyond measure. My experience with fostering and adopting my Lil'Bit was great. I highly recommend PAWS Of Austin to anyone looking to adopt or foster a pet. The love of animals shines like a beacon within this organization, from puppy to senior and beyond to Rainbow Bridge. Thank you for all that you do, PAWS Of Austin!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have fostered with PAWS for over 2 years. I've seen so many dogs saved from horrible situations that now have wonderful forever homes. I adopted a sweet boy from PAWS and will be forever grateful for him!

1 Robin132

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks to PAWS, I have a wonderful female basset hound, named Gypsy. She was rescued in a puppy mill raid in North Texas in 2009. PAWS generously accepted an entire busload of dogs to place in forever homes. It doesn't get any better than that!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think Prima Mosi of this organization one of the most dedicated and caring people I know when it comes to rescue animals of all types, I adopted my CoCo through Paws of Austin and couldn't be more pleased.
Marian Keyes

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws of Austin is caring and loving with animals and spares no effort to make sure their adoptive homes are appropriate and provide excellent experiences for pets and owners. Prima and her associates commitment is ongoing like life insurance for pets working through Paws of Austin because her number one priority is for the animals. My Dane is surely the best dog ever but everybody should feel that way about their animal, I know Paws of Austin does.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization was wonderful to work with - so responsive and careful. I adopted a bonded pair, out of state, and it all went so smoothly. I followed up with photos of them settling in, and later. I totally support this organization and their work.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

PAWS is versatile. I adopted 2 horses from PAWS. I drove from Northeast Texas because Prima made everything so easy. I was uncertain about becoming a horse owner after not riding for 30 years. One of my horses was injured when I adopted him. Prima helped me take care of him and find a vet. We ride all the time now. I have had both horses for over a year now. Prima helped us see what a great fit we were for each other. My horses are the best. PAWS is great. And Prima is fantastic.

2 Cynthia99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first become familiar with Paws when I moved into Austin and wanted to find a way to give back to my community. Prima and her volunteers welcomed me with open arms and I quickly learned so much from them. Paws goal is to care ad help for animals. It is apparent in everything they do that the live what they preach.
Highly recommend PAWS for anyone looking to volunteer, get a dog or donate . You will not be disappointed.

2 Robin131

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a Dane that I love and wanted to help and organization that supports this wonderful breed. I have fostered for Paws and also pick up and transport dog that are coming into Paws from vagarious shelters around Texas.
Prima has fantastic knowledge of the breed and works in a professional and caring way with each dog.
There are many rescue groups that make it so complicated to adopt from them that dogs stay in the foster system way to long. None of that with Paws. A great organization supporting a great breed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just got our 2nd great dane through Paws of Austin. It is such a wonderful experience working with Prima to find your next family member. Prima gives honest descriptions about the dogs, good and bad, so you know what you are getting into. Let's face it, with a dog as big as a dane you have to be sure of what you are getting into. She went out of her way with us to make sure that we found the perfect fit for our family and lifestye. She let us live with our new dane for 3 weeks before she even suggested we finalize the adoption. She truly cares about the dogs and finding homes that fit their personalities. She is also available any time after the adoption if you have any questions or need any help. We will be getting any new dogs from Prima from now on, not because we love danes-- we do-- but because we know that Prima truly cares about the dogs and also the families.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We wanted a GreatDane, but had never had one before so we started fostering with PAWS. We have fostered both Old English Sheep dogs & GreatDanes through PAWS. It was also important we find a new family member that fit with our other dog & us. While we weren't technically "foster fails," Prima knew we were looking to adopt & suggested a Dane w/another foster. He had a sad story, was still skin & bones & still limped from a hip/leg injury while he was roaming the highway before being taken-in by PAWS. But when we met him we knew he was the missing member of our family!
Not only did PAWS help us complete our family, we have met some really neat two-leg & four-leg friends! Highly recommend donating your time & money to PAWS - consider fostering or a donation.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am aware of many miracles through PAWS OF AUSTIN. The love and courage and determination and energy of Prima and Courtney goes on and on. Just when you think things are hopeless, God sends perfect pet parents for these darling Danes (and other breeds) when it seemed impossible. From pulling them from Death Row at shelters, to fostering to adoption into Forever Homes, they are tireless. You can't save them all, but bravo for all the hard, hard work you've done all these years. There's a special place in Heaven for you guys for sure. Thanks from all the babies who have no voice.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got both of our Great Danes through PAWS, and we couldn't be happier. Prima was remarkable and truly cares about her animals. She gets to know the personality of each pet, and she works tirelessly to find a home for each that's a good fit. She had perfect advice on how to introduce a new pet into our home and how to train one of our overly excitable Danes. I can't say enough good things about PAWS and Prima. Our two dogs (and two cats!) are a fantastic addition to our family, and we all thank PAWS!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS is a wonderful organization for the rescue of many types of animals! Although we went to them looking for a Great Dane, we ended up with a 4 lb little chihuahua! Prima was AMAZING about helping us try several dogs, and although we have yet to get another Dane in our household, Prima went above and beyond helping us work with several rescues. She really knows dogs and will work hard to get the best fit for you and the dog!

2 Bridget17

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have always loved Great Danes and found our precious Emmie on PAWs of Austin's website. PAWs was so easy to make arrangements with to see our new family member. Prima is an amazing lady and does such great work for animals who need help, she has a true heart for rescue and placement in new forever homes!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most caring and professional organization I have ever known. They focus on the welfare of Great Danes, who can be a challenge for people to care for if they are not prepared. Hence, Prima Mosi makes it her mission to match the dogs with the best environment for them. It may be that the dog needs to be an only pet, or placed with a larger pet, or a group of pets, etc. etc. She makes it her mission to find out what would be best before moving to place the dogs. She does not over charge or try to push a pet on someone. I had tried one pet that did not fit with my other dog. She waited to see if it would work then took him back. A year later we found the perfect match. She never pushed to force the adoption. Further, the foster family he was with still keeps in touch with us to ensure my pet is well cared for. I feel like my family enlarged and I gained an extended family.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I rescued our Great Dane, Zane from PAWS in May. We had an amazing experience with Prima from day one. They let us take Zane for a week trial to make sure he was a good fit for our family and then supported us through his heartworm treatments. Anyone looking to rescue a dog (which everyone should) should absolutely call PAWS.

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was introduced to PAWS of Austin in May of 2015. My eyesight was failing in my senior years and I had to find homes for my horses and move closer to my daughter. All horses were successfully rehomed except for "Peanut". Before I could find him a home, he foundered in both front feet. No one would adopt him! Prima Mosy of PAWS rescue never hesitated and took him into her care even knowing she would have to provide months of support for this little miniature horse until he could heal.
She is actively taking applications now for his adoption! I am so thankful for this organization. They work tirelessly to find homes for hard to place animals like my miniature horse even though their main focus is to help the large dogs that end up in shelters with very limited time. These dogs, just as my Peanut, get a second chance to find a happy, loving forever home because of this rescue and their dedicated people!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

A friend introduced me to PAWS when they'd announced they'd rescued a little of pot bellied pigs. I ended up adopting 2 males and they have made the most excellent pets! Two males, named Oscar and Davy, are happy healthy and loved. Adopting them was a easy and seamless process and I'm always checking back with them to see what other fur (or snout) babies need help!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fostering for PAWS of Austin the last 5 years has been a blessing for me and my family. While certainly the lives of the animals and their adopters are enriched, so too are the lives of the volunteers. My children have grown to be better, more empathetic and responsible people through the caring of the dogs entrusted to us. I encourage you to consider signing up to foster on their site. This is a great organization that makes a difference in Austin and throughout Texas.

3 Brynna C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS is an awesome group! They graced me with my Dane, a sweet 7 year old black beauty mantle dane named Lucie, who had been bred...and bred...and bred...
Enough said.
Until I met my Lu, I honestly thought that, even 3 years after my other sweet dane had died, I would never find another Dane who could steal. my. heart.
It happened. I am so glad it to me. And my Lucie.
She deserves to live her golden years being pampered. PAWS helped to match her with me - and I can promise this hard-working and dedicated group that the match was a perfect one. Paws down!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Paws of Austin changed my life. It started with a courtesy listing of a 4 year old male Great Dane with the most beautiful amber eyes. His foster chose us to be his forever home and he is my very best friend, my angel, and my partner as a pet therapy team that visits hospitals, schools, nursing homes, etc.
It continued when we decided 2 years later to adopt another and met 6 different Danes. None of them felt right and I never felt any pressure to adopt, just support to continue trying. We waited another 6 months and it turned out #7 was the one. We adopted a beautiful 4 month old puppy who is now a source of much laughter and love (and torment to our older Dane - but he loves her too).
They are always a source of knowledge, support, and encouragement. They take on the hard cases of abuse and neglect. They also help place Danes for families that just cant keep them anymore (even if we disagree with their reasons for giving them up).
I know that my next dog will be a Great Dane. And I know that Prima and Courtney will help me find the perfect one for our family.

3 Kim_105

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rescuing any animal is hard. Many do not understand why people are so in love with dogs or cats ... Its extremely hard to find homes for these beautiful HUGE creatures ... Everyone who gives of their time money and love to this group deserves a hand shake ,hug, and a thank you. They not only care for these animals by finding them permanent loving homes but they also educate all in what it takes to be a loving pet parent .

3 mozart

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have adopted 3 dogs from Paws of Austin. One of the dogs, Mozart was rescued along with his 7 litter mates and his mother from the shelter. The owners of the dogs that still reside in Austin still get together every year for their birthday and every year , PAWS attends. I can also call Prima, the head of PAWS every time I am concerned about my dogs, she has walked me through obstruction surgery and Bloat. I have worked with this organization for~ 8 years and there could no one more deserving, they are amazing!

Previous Stories
2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first met Prima when I was looking for a Standard Poodle rescue. I was notified when 9 ten day old puppies and their mother was dropped off at Town Lake Animal Center and rescued by PAWS of Austin. I met and fell in love with Mozart, my 70pd Poodle. She encouraged everyone that adopted the puppies to keep up through a yahoo group and we have. We just celebrated their 5th birthday with the annual Poodle Party which Prima has never missed. She is always there for questions and support and we love her! This is a top notch organization with a fearless caring leader. Laura and Mozart

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had the pleasure of adopting our boy through Paws of Austin.
As willis have the amazing experince of fostering.
They are supportive and beyond a incredible rescue.
If the need ever comes up
We are more tha happy to help Paws of Austin. In any way

2 Christi4

Donor

Rating: 5

Prima is amazing! I was blessed to be able to adopt our sweet Roxie from her as well as help when I can with her efforts. I just wish I could give more.

2 Courtney G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've had several opportunities to work with this organization & Prima as a fellow rescue volunteer. Not only has she gone out of her way to help my organization hours away (and states away on occasion), she went above and beyond to work with potential adoptive families and shelters on my organization's behalf when we did not have a volunteer nearby. Prima is an angel and one of the best rescuers I've had the honor to know and work with!

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Paws of Austin has saved many dogs and encourages others to action. Paws of Austin educates about prevention of cruelty to all animals. The director is successful in speaking out on television and in the community. This organization leads through their actions! The director has over a decade of proven dedication to working for the animals, healing, transporting, and much more -- including in extreme disaster situations.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted a dog from Paws of Austin and were very honored to personally meet Prima Mosi. They were very professional when considering us, my husband and I, as candidates to adopt. We took it as a very good sign of a responsible rescue organization. What they do for animals and people is breathtaking. We are getting ready to become monthly donors. We are very lucky to come across Paws of Austin.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One could not possibly find anyone who cares more or would do more for animals than Prima M.

3 Dee_2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about how amazing this group is. Prima and all involved make me proud to say I know them. I rescued my 1st PAWS Dane in 2003. Through the years I've had the honor of calling 6 PAWS Danes family, and currently 3 members of our pack are from PAWS, the most recent coming to us just last month. Prima does this for the love of the animals, and I respect her so very much for that. She has an ability to match the dog and the person in such a way that when she says there's one that needs our family, I say when and where do you want to meet. Whether you want to foster, adopt, or just support, this is an organization I highly recommend you becoming a part of. I am lucky and blessed to say I am.

1 Ann_9

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS of Austin is amazing .We adopted our Dane from them the sweetest fella loves everyone .We have had the privilege of fostering for PAWS .They are amazing with their fosters full support and they truly care .If you are looking to adopt a gentle Giant please do so through this wonderful rescue

1 Prima M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the Director of the organization I work very hard to do right by animals, especially those who are abused and neglected. But we do not only serve the homeless pets, we also serve our community and many pet owners who experience hard times. We are here to help.