I`ve come to Paw team recently, and being unemployed I have some flex time That I feel that I could put to use and help out a great organization.I feel that there is such a need for their services in our community ,regrettably the need far outweighs the resources to help all of those in need.I know that Paw team is grateful for all of the people that do take time out of their weekends to help and do what they can.That is why I`m a little taken back by some of the reviews that some of the so called volunteers.In particular the people that say they just stood around and didn`t do anything for the first hour.This is interesting,for there is so much that needs to be done.Especially the days of the clinics.Like I said I`m new to Paw Team, and I`ve always had a full day.Maybe if these people might leave the break room, put down the donuts and/or coffee and see on their own what they could contribute or help with.Believe me there is never a shortage of the help that we need.In closing for anyone that wants to give back to our community, this is an excellent organization to do that .As I do,you will get back so much more than you give , Thaddeus Byrne ( grateful volunteer)
Review from Guidestar
I recently found out about paw team and fell in love with there mission almost right away. I have been in a situation myself where I was unable to provide the kind of care I wanted to for my dog and because of that I believe her life was cut short. I know the pain and struggle of loosing your job and then having your animal get sick right around the same time, it's awful. I felt like the best way to honor my girl was to get involved with a group that helped people in my situation so that's exactly what I did. Paw team has given me a unique way to honor my girl and connect with others in a similar situation. I feel blessed to share their stories of hope and see such an important service be given to those in need. Thank you paw team, if only I had found you sooner.
Review from Guidestar
The review from the attorney was VERY HELPFUL! I looked on the Oregon Corporation website as suggested and saw that the information about the structure of PAW Team was absolutely accurate and a cause for concern. But then I took a step further and looked up the listed partners with the PAW Team and that was VERY INTERESTING! Safe Dogs by the River is composed of Wendy and Chelsea, the two people who are the "members" that control the PAW Team AND draw a salary! So are they inventing partners for grants!? Highly suspect! I will not support this organization.
Review from Guidestar
I just got an email asking for volunteers at the next clinic. My last experience was so bad I am not volunteering again. I had to show up at 8am on a Sunday morning only to sit around for an hour with nothing to do. So I am not doing that again. But my comment is more to the inacurate content of the email the Paw Team sent me. It states that they have had 3 clinics this year and served 100 animals at each. This is an NOT TRUE. I volunteered for their first large clinic in March where we served 70 animals, not 100. They February clinic was not at the new location and served 20 animals. i cannot speak to the April clinic since I won't volunteer again. From what I have read on this site, the structure is at the very least questionable. What I know from personal experience, the organization is not honest.
As a co-founder, I have been involved with the PAW Team since it's inception. I know first hand the amount of energy and creativity contributed by the administrative staff, the board, and the volunteer doctors and support staff. The stories of the animals and caregivers that come to the PAW Team for help are compelling. I fully support the mission of the PAW Team and encourage anyone who understands the nurturing, healing relationship shared by people and animals to confidently donate time and/or funding to this organization.
Review from Guidestar
I have volunteered at many of the monthly clinic. It has been a great experience for me. I love what this clinic can do, I only wish that it could do more. The need is great out there for this type of place. If you can only donate time or money to one place, this is it. If your not sure, come to one of the clinics and see what is being done to help out our four legged friends.
There is something wrong with this organization. The web site states they have large monthly clinics yet every time I tried to volunteer for one it was cancelled. I think they barely had half the number of large clinic claimed. It is a great mission but they are not doing it. I have no idea where my donation was used but I know it was not used for the purposes I intended to help. I will not be donating again to this organization.
Review from Guidestar
My name is Tom Foster and my dog named "Possum" has a seriously dangerous immune disease called "Pemphigus" that if it were left untreated he would have died, I had a regular Vet that I took him to but after all of my money ran out I wasn't able to afford to take him there any longer, I searched around the internet and was about to give up when I was contacted by PAW Team and I was told to bring him in to be looked at and hopefully get treatment, Possum was in rough shape and he was even being considered by the Vet to be put down as that's how bad off he was but no one gave up and he was given medications, medicated shampoos and other supplements and a chance, Since then he has been thriving the only side effect being his hair loss due to the use of Prednisone but I'll take a hairless dog over a sick one full of fur any day, I've had only good experiences with PAW Team, They have always treated Possum and I with great respect and the care they have provided for Possum is the only reason he is still here with me today, I wish I were able to do something of meaning for them as they truly deserve it, One day when I'm able to I will gladly be a volunteer for them and do whatever they ask of me, PAW Team is a great organization that needs to survive and giving to them is a blessing to all of those animals that need them that otherwise wouldn't get the care they deserve, THANK YOU PAW TEAM, POSSUM AND I LOVE YOU ALL!!! :)
I have volunteered for PAW Team for over 4 years and have seen the organization grow tremendously to meet the equally growing need for services in our community. Because I believe strongly in the mission of the organization and greatly respect the work that was started by the founding members and board, I have become more involved as a Core Team volunteer and in late 2011, became a board member. PAW Team is emerging from a transitional, growing period as a strong organization, well suited to meet our mission and have a great impact on the homeless and extremely poor of Portland. I'd like to address some of the inaccuracies mentioned in a previous review, for clarification of the record: PAW Team is indeed a membership organization, as detailed in our bylaws. The founders hired Cindy Cumfer, a well-respected non-profit attorney in Portland who has authored 7 editions of the "Non-profit law in Oregon" book. Cindy was consulted by the founders when they began the process of adding a larger Board of Directors and paid staff in 2009. Cindy recommended and set up the organization as a membership organization at that time. There are currently 3 members, 2 of whom founded the organization; only 1 is paid staff, the Executive Director, whose dedication and incredible work ethic are admirable and beyond the call of duty. There are a number of "Core" volunteers who handle primary day-to-day operations, clinics preparation, and follow-up with clients. A larger base of volunteers fill the many roles needed for our successful monthly clinics, at each of which we see around 100 companion animals and their people. The Board of Directors retains ALL powers of oversight and any other financial and accountability issues, including oversight of the Executive Director; this and a wealth of other information is provided to all Board Directors in a comprehensive Board Director Information Packet (including bylaws and detailed financial reports). The commentor below may have been misinformed; I personally have the aforementioned packet, have read it all, and can attest to the clarity and transparency of all relevant information that a board member would need to know, as well as the willingness of the members and Executive Director to answer any questions and communicate openly with the Board and volunteers. I am excited about PAW Team's future, am thrilled to be a part of it, and am thankful for the compassionate and hard-working staff and volunteers who have put so much into realizing the mission of this great organization. The biggest payoff is hearing our clients' stories. They are so grateful to PAW Team for caring about the bonds they have with their companion animals; many of them would not be able to properly care for or keep their companion animals-- a vital part of their lives-- without the services, medications, and education that PAW Team provides.
I have volunteered with PawTeam for about 18 months. The organization does amazing work and is a great place to volunteer. Clinics are busy and well organized and so very needed in our city. On average we see 100 pets at each clinic which is an amazing feat! I have always found the "people in charge" to be open, honest, compassionate and always open to suggestions on ways to improve how the clinics are run. The clients we serve are wonderful and so grateful for the help that we are able to offer them and their pets. You don't have to be a vet to help with the clinics and it is rewarding. If you are looking for an animal type volunteer experience this is a great one to work with.
PAWTeam is a sound and thriving nonprofit. It is not flawed, structurally or otherwise. Quite distinct from having any sort of "control" or "oversight" problems at all, the organization has in fact been admirably managed and operated past a series of difficult obstacles, financial and administrative, including by overcoming a recent inexplicable attempt by newcomers to derail its forward progress. PAWTeam's exemplary leadership extends well out into the Portland veterinarian community and beyond, its strength arising directly from its core, founder Wendy Kohn, who was the first person to recognize and confront a critical need in the Portland community - that of obtaining accessible veterinary care for low income and homeless citizens - by creating a rich network of professionals and laypeople committed to betterment in both animal and human welfare. PAWTeam is and has been a powerful force for social change in our city, a trajectory that will not be thwarted simply by some personal bitterness voiced by the disgruntled and vocal few.