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Pets Are Wonderful Support Los Angeles (PAWS/LA)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: In-Home Assistance

Mission: PAWS/LA is dedicated to preserving the loving bond between people and their companion animals. To that end, we provide services to assist low-income seniors and people disabled by a life-threatening illness keep and care for their pets.

Target demographics: seniors and disabled animal guardians keep and care for their pets

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,100 people and more than 2,000 pets

Geographic areas served: Los Angeles County

Programs: free pet food, veterinary care, fostering, advocacy and more.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jeri T.


Rating: 5

I volunteered with this organization from 2003-2008. I found it fulfilling because we really helped a lot of people; from supplying pet food, walking the dog of a hospitalized member (who is now my best friend) and getting clients help with vet bills when needed. I met a lot of wonderful people both clients and staff.

Client Served

Rating: 5

PAWS came into my life in '94 as I'd just come out of a coma, unable to walk,
let alone, think for myself, losing my home, my bank accounts to medical bills
and a partner of almost 9 years that just couldn't handle any of the above.
PAWS took over, doing at the time what I wasn't able to do; making sure my dogs
were taken care of until we could find homes for them all. Even after I began
the healing process, they were, there once agin, ready to welcome my new
cat turned service animal, that also gave me the support, the company and the
unconditional love that was so important to me @ the time.

Today, w/PAWS help, I'm not only ambulatory, but have taken, what was
prognosed as a possible life-long brain impairment to doing several
long-distance bicycle rides, raising dollars for AIDS charities,
doing public speakings; from adults to elementary school children, sat on several
non-profit Boards of Directors w/the privilege of PAWS being one of them for 5
wonderful years. Today, I'm creating commerce as well as my own non-profit,
being able to give back to those that have done so much for me.

These days, even though I'm not an 'active' client of PAWS, they helped
me to regain my footing in life. So, I'd consider myself a 'PAWS Client for

You were a catylist to all of this, PAWS...of which I will be forever grateful.

Raul O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After suffering of a stroke in 2007 and getting into a deep depression I adopted a mix Yorkie dog that I named Chiquita, she helped me to overcome my condition and start a new life but my landlord find out, and this is a "no pets" building, Paws/La help me to get an ESA letter from a Certified Social worker and now I live w/my Chiquita and my condition has improved tremendously. Thanks you PAWS/LA!!!

1 Dan_82

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't possibly say enough positive things about PAWS/LA. Never before have I seen a nonprofit come through for their clients more than they do. Being on SSDI and moving into a condo that was a "No Dogs Allowed" building, they guided me through all the red tape to be able to have my HOA accept my dog into the building. They provided me with all the information and the forms to fill out and it went so smoothly!