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Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to assist displaced pets and their people 24/7, free of charge to ensure that all family members are taken care of during a disaster at their home. We are a 501(c)(3) emergency response nonprofit organization staffed by firefighters and veterans that works in conjunction with the Philadelphia Fire Department and other emergency relief organizations to provide search & Rescue emergency medical care, emergency transport, and emergency shelter for animals involved in residential fires and other disasters.

Results: From July 25,2011-July 25, 2017, Red Paw has helped 4,065 pets displaced, injured & missing due to disasters in their homes. Provided S&R for 1,097 pets missing in fire/disaster buildings, emergency Shelter for 1,605 pets, emergency medical care for 2,335 injured pets, emergency transport for 1,411 displaced pets & pet food & supplies for 2,066 families. In 2012 we participated in a Hurricane Sandy Pet Supplies Drive where we delivered items donated by individuals and local businesses to pets along the East Coast displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Target demographics: Families with pets affected by residential fires and disasters.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 900 displaced pets in over 2 dozen counties and 2 states

Geographic areas served: Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Chester, and Delaware counties & parts of New Jersey.

Programs: Emergency Services Emergency Response Disaster Relief Emergency Vet Care Animal Welfare Social Services

Community Stories

91 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Without this organization, there would be countless families who felt they had no other option but to give up their family pet after already losing everything else. Red Paw truly provides a shimmer of hope in the lives of families who have just suffered a disaster. As a caseworker, dispatcher, and volunteer coordinator for Red Paw, I see first hand the families that Red Paw helps keep together, and the lengths they go to in order to make it possible.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was the manager at the doggy day care which also serves as the emergency intake room for any dogs that Red Paw rescues. Working there was my first exposure to what this wonderful organization does. Getting so see these precious pups come in, usually smelling of smoke, nervous, and confused, then providing them the love and care they need (baths, affection, reassurance), and finally witnessing the reunion with their families, really gave me an insider's look at all the work Red Paw does, and all the lives they help save. They provide a service that is not offered anywhere else in the country, but which is so greatly needed. It is truly an honor to be able to help this organization, the families affected by disaster, and all the pets involved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I thankfully have not needed the help of this dedicated group of people who go to every fire to be there in case they are needed to assist pets displaced by fire..Just knowing there is a group like this helping gives peace of mind.

Chumley S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We all want to think that every non-profit is run by dedicated people and passionate volunteers that maximize every penny and make a real difference in the lives of those they serve each and every day. Red Paw ERT is all that and more. Saving and reuniting beloved pets and family members at what may be the worst time in their lives is the kind of work that deserves your support, financially and in any way possible.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each and every week I am in awe of the work that Red Paw Emergency Relief Fund is able to accomplish - via social media I track just a portion of the lives they have impacted, and it is nothing short of heroic. When I think of a family who have just lost everything having to worry about the safety of their beloved animal[s], I am thankful that these brave volunteers exist.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I can’t express enough my admiration for what RP does. It’s leadership is as committed as any I’ve ever witnessed. While I have not personally needed RP’s services, I have seen them in action from the beginning, first as Red Cross worker to my current role as a significant corporate donor. I’ve seen the impact and difference they make first hand No one makes the most of its donations better than RP.

Joan A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people. Available any time, day or night, to find and care for family pets after a fire.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watched in horror as mY friend posted pictures of what was left of her home after a fire last year.. once I knew she was ok my thoughts went to her cat Abner .. afraid to ask that question I was relieved to lean of this amazing organization “ Red Paw” and that their trained members had not only located Abner but were prepared to offer any medical assistance he might need.. that was just the beginning .. they took care of him while my friend was trying to come up with a plan... they housed him, fed him and when she was able to find temporary housing.. set him up with all the things he would need so she didn’t have that extra stop at the pet shop ... these organization is just amazing ... the comfort they bring the people going through tragedy is incredible... every city should have a Red Paw!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

All non-profits do their best to help. But RedPaw serves a unique need in a selfless, 24/7 manner. Getting out of bed in snow, ice, rain snd heat to not only look for/rescue the animals from a fire scene, but also to make sure that the humans know that someine xares about their dear pets. I so afmire their work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I work in the news and often write up stories about fires affecting our community. For every fire, without fail, I can see that Red Paw is on the scene and helping all animals as needed. I'm so glad that our furry friends -- who often go missing or take a backseat to humans under the circumstances -- have a dedicated group of people to care for them in these tragic events.

Gayle N J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Several years ago, a neighbors apt filled with smoke when the apt below caught fire. The couple got out, but they could not get their 2 cats out at that time. They were obviously distraught. While the firefighters were still fighting the fire, the Red Paws volunteer arrived, crates and other equipment in hand. She was calm and reassuring to the couple that their cats were most likely hiding, and she was prepared to help. Once given the okay, she went in, and within 30 minutes came back out, cats in crates, and after discussion with the fire victims, took their pets for medical attention. The volunteer's professionalism, and reassuring demeanor, made me look further into this wonderful organization. I am now a supporter and follower of the amazing work that Red Paws does everyday and night!

Elaine C. M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Paws saved my three cats when our hotel building had a fire and all of the tenants were evacuated. They took such great care of them for the month we were homeless and brought them back in excellent health and condition. They even got their shots and had them neutered for free. Losing your home, being homeless is hard enough without having to worry about your pets also going through such a traumatic experience. I was able to stay in touch with the team the entire time and all of us were so happy to be reunited! Thank you from the bottom of all our hearts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As salaam wa alaikum Hi my name is Amina Mya Thomas I'm 27 years old I was married my husband passed Jan 15th of this year and I gave birth to his first child Feb 6 of this year I have two boys the oldest son name is Amir and my7th month old son name is Jabril Ibn Shaheeds Castro it's been hard taking care of two kids with no help my family turned there back on me because I'm Muslim it's very bad to where me and my two kids r getting put out on the streets I put my pride in the way and not ask for help but I'm being a woman and putting my pride to the side and I'm crying out for help with food, Islamic clothing for me and my two boys and most of all a place we can call home.......

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

24/7/365 Red Paw Emergency Relief Team does what no other organization in this country does - responds to help not just people affected by fires and residential disasters but the pets as well! Taking care to make sure the whole family is taken care of when disaster strikes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A one of a kind 24/7/365 Emergency Response organization for pets and their people!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with Red Paw on at least thirty serious (2n2) fire scenes, and each time I observed professional, caring, expedient Red Paw staff (most often the founder Jen herself!!!) doing whatever had to be done to ensure that displaced animals are given proper care, for free, very quickly, and with an incredibly high success rate. Red Paw is filled with professional civil servants who dedicate their time and energy to animal altruism, and they truly deserve recognition. Extremely proud to support them in any way I can.

1 deckondelmar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team does amazing work rescuing animals involved in home fires and provides medical care, if needed, & foster services until the individual or family has recovered and are able to take their pet(s) back. Volunteering for them since 2012 has been an inspiring and educational experience as a Foster Mom and working the crowd at so many events and I'm so grateful for the experience. Super organization!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm sure you have seen the dog paw car magnets that say "Who rescued who?"! That is how I feel about Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. I had been looking to volunteer & lucky me found Red Paw last year on Facebook & I was hooked. I have been a part of some Fire Safe Fridays distributing needed Red Cross & Red Paw fire safety info & batteries for smoke alarms & also at a few events this year representing Red Paw educating the public on the amazing work Jen Leary & her team do to aid animals after a fire or other disaster. Being a Foster Mom has been amazing and my most rewarding "job" ever, especially when the fire victim(s)/family are reunited with their pets which is the main goal of Red Paw.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Very early Sunday morning of Memorial Day weekend, I stood on the sidewalk in my robe, slippers and little else.
I watched as my life was alternately consumed by fire and pounded by a river of water.
As I watched, a firefighter approached me and asked me if I had a pet.
I was terrified by what news he might be about to tell me.
When he asked to describe my cat,
all I could verbalized was, "He's fat."
He reaches his arms out wide and said, is he about this big?
When I nodded, he said, "he's safe. I have him. Would you like to see him?"

And Fat Abner was OK.
Sooty. Scared. A little smoke inhalation- but OK.

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team took care of Abner until I got settled in a hotel.
They called me and gave me updates.
And when I went to pick him up, he was clean and treated for fleas.
They handed me a litter box, litter, a bag of food, a carrier, a kitty bed and toys!!!
They called it a "Reunion Package"
They are so kind and thoughtful.
They have checked on his progress in his new home.
And they ask for NOTHING!!!
Not to diminish what othe animal charities do- they are all amazing.
But what these guys do goes beyond that.
They have dedicated firefighters who are specially trained who go in and save often fourlegged, sometimes winged, some furry, some with shells or fins, but always beloved members of the family.
When you lose so much, there is nothing more comforting then knowing you haven't lost the unconditional love of (and I use this word because there is a better one) a pet.
I have met the founder, Jen Leary, and many of the people who work tirelessly with her.
They are generous, optimistic and amazingly dedicated.
I am lucky I live in philly, because they haven't the resources to expand to other cities.
Hopefully, one day, everyone who needs Red Paw will have a local chapter!!!
Not only do they need funding, but they need even greater community awareness.
(Oh- I forgot- not only do they save and care for the animals, they also spread the message of preparedness and fire safety!)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Red Paw responded when my sister's house was destroyed in a fire in March. They made my sister, husband and their dog feel at ease during such a traumatic event. The volunteers brought everything a dog could need or want to the hotel. Thank you Red Paw for all of the wonderful work you do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Red Paw almost since it was founded by Jen Leary . The organization is amazing and it has enriched my life . It is an incredible feeling to lift up the spirits of people who have lost parts of their lives to fires and other events. We who love our pets as our children know what they mean to us . I love this organization and look forward to doing what I can into the future to help!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an animal lover, and a mom to 7 cats I used to worry about what would happen to my furbabies in the event of an emergency. I no longer have that worry about my furkids care since I live in Philadelphia, and Red Paw is here to help when needed.

I am a monthly donor and I follow their work on Facebook. My heart hurts when people have to leave their houses and pets because of fire ... but you ALWAYS see a Red Paw vehicle on the spot lending a helping hand to both people and their animals. The smiles on the peoples' and pets' faces when they are reunited actually brings tears to my eyes.

Thank God we have Red Paw in our area and I hope this program will be copied in other cities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As an animal lover, I appreciate what Red Paw stands for and does. They understand the bond that we share with our furbabies and recognize that their welfare is important to us. If faced with an emergency where I have to evacuate my home, I am comforted knowing that Red Paw would be there to care for my babies until I can care for them again.

I've watched Red Paw grow, and I am amazed that they can do so much. I consider myself fortunate, that given a disaster Red Paw is here.

1 Linda251

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Totall 100 percent commitment to helping all animals and by extension people in the City of Philadelphia!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This unique organization helps pets of all types when their homes have been destroyed by fire or other disasters. I am happy to have the opportunity to be involved and help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a devistating house fire with 11 animals in the house. Red Paw stepped in and made sure the animals had everything they needed food, bowls and toys. They took the time to make sure all of the animals had places to stay and we're safe. I can't thank them enough for everything they have done.

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Former staff

Rating: 5

Red Paw Emergency Relief Team recently celebrated 5 years of service in the Philadelphia area, doing what no other nonprofit is doing in the Nation! They are an Emergency Services organization with a unique and admirable mission. The work they do for families & pets who have experienced disasters in their homes is remarkable, to say the least. When families have no where to turn following a disaster, Red Paw is there to help and provide a safe place for pets to stay until they are reunited with their family. What a great service they provide for our community, they truly deserve everyone's support.

2 Lori174

Board Member

Rating: 5

It hasn't always been easy but it has always been rewarding.

Thank you to our former clients for allowing us to get to know you, your family members and pets, of course.

What I've learned is that recovery - whether from a disaster or an injury that is the result of a disaster is like grieving - it's a very individualized, difficult and personal experience. Often accepting help from others can be difficult as well. But working together along the way truly improves the lives of our clients, and has enriched my life for sure! And for that I am grateful.

Red Paw has offered me many challenges as COO and President of the Board but with the support of my partner, our volunteers and the selfless love of our displaced pets, we rise to meet that challenge.

And each day, we problem solve and work through problems together, we continue to help more families each week, month and year. We always fulfill our Mission and that's what running an NPO is truly about - at its core.

Barb29

Board Member

Rating: 5

Red Paw is an amazing organization which is focused on ensuring that all family members are cared for during a residential disaster. I personally know of many families that have received Red Paw's assistance and whose families would have otherwise been torn apart if not for them. They are one of a kind!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is amazing and I am proud to be on their Board.
Red Paw volunteers respond 24/7 365 days per year to help animals in need due to a fire or disaster.
I have volunteered with them in many capacities, including fostering and facilitating reunions. It's the most rewarding feeling to have taken care of an animal and then returning the animal to is family. I am always humbled by the gratitude of the families I have helped.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the most amazing, practical, invaluable nonprofit services I've ever encountered. Unique in its mission and infinitely necessary. Run by caring, competent people who nurture their clients and their volunteers alike. When the city's first responders know to call this team, you know you have quality. YOUR donations of money and time will never be wasted when you help out Red Paw Emergency Relief Team to help pets displaced and injured in emergency situations.

2 Ruff1141

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer with them and they are a top notch organization !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a RP volunteer for 9 months and have been in the transport/reunion end. The look on the families faces when they are reunited with their furry family is truly priceless and worth everything in the world.

1 Ruth41

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Midnight the cat came to me after suffering burns in a fire. In spite of these injuries, Midnight never wavered from his core personality--a loving, loving kitten. Midnight would curl up
in my lap, a stranger to him, and just be a laid back cool kitten. I've fostered a number of fire animals, Midnight was my second one to be a "Nurse Betty". It 's very hard to say good bye to these animal visitors, buy the joyous reunion with their owners helps greatly to look forward to the next visitor. Red Paw brings the dog/cat to my door, picks them up, supplies they with food and medicine and litter. Red Paw is always there a phone call away if I need help! This is why I choose to volunteer with our dear RED PAW!!!!! RED PAW rescues our animal loved ones from fires/collasped bldgs----THANK YOU !!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Very dedicated and caring people. Been on firegrounds with them .

2 Jennifer546

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been following Red Paw for the past two years and cannot say enough about all the good they do! They have stepped in and filled a huge void in the community with their tireless efforts to help the family pets during some of the worst of times. I recently witnessed their efforts firsthand when a neighbor's home collapsed and the adjoining homes were evacuated as well. The families themselves were able to be helped by Red Cross, but if not for Red Paw, they would've had nowhere to take their pets. I pray that I'm never in need of the services of Red Paw, but if I ever am, I'm thankful knowing that they will be there!

2 Tom_92

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a firefighter in Philly and a pet owner, I really appreciate this organization. Pets are part of the family too. I'm proud of all that Red Paw has done. Keep up the good work, Jen! Here one of their saves from a fire we had.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted our dog Deuce through the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. We were interested in Red Paw adoptables because of the story behind each animal. Our dog Deuce was a dog who survived a fire in his home. Apparently after several months of trying to keep in touch with Deuce's owner he was surrendered to Red Paw because his people could not take care of him. Deuce became an instant member of our family. I'm grateful for the opportunity to adopt Deuce and for the job Red Paw did in trying to reunite him with his owners.

2 Matthew63

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This great organization helped make life a lot better for these two loyal family members. Rescued by Philadelphia Firefighters in 2013, fostered by Red Paw volunteers for two months and then adopted one of the Philadelphia Firefighters that rescued them.

2 Kelly189

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Red Paw is an amazing organization. There is nothing out there like this. I couldn't be more proud to volunteer for them. Being able to foster an animal that was in a home disaster, giving them the love that their family is unable to while they are recovering is such a rewarding feeling. RP is not only helping the animals, but the people too.

When you are place in a position to have to decide what to do with your pets after a disaster is stressful and RP helps that that one thing off their plate. Pets are family and Red Paw understands that.

No one thinks about that and not many are truly prepared for disasters. I am proud to be able to be able to be on part of a team that allows me to go out and give awareness to fire safety and pet preparedness... Knowledge is powerful.

I should mention the true reward is during reunions of the pets with their people... There is nothing more amazing and touching then seeing the joy in both the animals and peoples faces when they get to be together again!

Such a good job to Jen for founding RP and to all the amazing volunteers that help them keep their mission alive!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer I have watched Red Paw grow from inception. They work 24/7 to ensure that ALL animals are cared for after disaster. I couldn't be more proud to be a volunteer and donor.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Much needed rescue organization. Reacues can breathe easy knowing someone else cares about their pets too.

2 Danielle73

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see all their stories on facebook, all the times they go out in the middle of a cold night to be there. Red Paw is amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Before Hearing about red paw, I worried about what would happen if my house ever caught fire or had another emergency and I had nowhere for my fur babies to go! When I heard about red paw i instantly wanted to volunteer. This organization helps hundreds of families who need to temporarily home their fur babies in times of disaster. They care for the communities they help and they do it for no reason but to help others. Truly the greatest non profit I've seen! It's not just a typical volunteer organization to help animals, it saves them when some people have no other options, and it gives families peace of mind! Truly a great group of people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red Paw is an outstanding organization that goes above and beyond to serve its community. I appreciate everything they do for pets and their families.

2 imslinkee

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Red Paw for about six months. As a transport/reunion volunteer, I get to see first hand how appreciative people are when they're able to get their babies back home! At one reunion, the entire block was out waiting for me and the kitty to get there! I was the most popular person in town that day and they were ALL so happy that the kitty was back! I know that no one WANTS to have to use Red Paw's services, but thanks to Jen and Lori, Red Paw is going to be there whenever/wherever they're needed!

2 bluestu

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red Paw does excellent work. They go after animals displaced by fires and disasters of all types. I've never seen any other organization like this that provides such a service, including housing, neutering, re-housing, and finding new homes for displaced pets. I'm very happy to have learned about them. I hope that I never need their services, but am glad they are around!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The concern for their pets that people have when they are in a shelter situation, or temporarily displaced from their home, is extreme when they have lost most material possessions. Red Paw is there and will go back and find the pet. The animals are cared for while their family is going through the process of being re-established in a most loving way. The folks at Red Paw provide the best medicine for those who are distraught about a tragedy.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for Red Paw a lot of pets and their families would be lost to each other. They go above and beyond to help people and their pets in a time when help is needed so badly.

Bigley9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a foster and transport volunteer I see many of the people and animals served by Red Paw. They are grateful for the service during their time of need. As a volunteer I can also speak Of the supportvolunteers get in helping Red Paw's mission. We know we are appreciated and questions or concerns that arise are answered quickly. Thank you, Red Paw!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red paw has responded to so many emergency situations and better yet goes back to try to find pets who were spooked and hiding. Love you Red Paw!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer for Red Paw Emergency Relief Team, I see first hand the work done by Jen Leary and her team and how amazing it truly is. To give peace of mind to families who have lost everything in a fire or disaster by taking in and taking care of their pets for them while they recover is priceless. You should see the looks of joy and relief on the family's faces when they are all reunited! There are no words! This organization is top-notch - an incredible network of volunteers all working together for one commons goal. I am proud and honored to be a part of Red Paw - such a worthy cause!

1 Chuck15

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

With their roots in the county animal response team training, this group does so many incredible things for pets in the Philadelpia region and the people who love them. from getting them safely away from a fire or other emergency scene to finding them a foster home when their's is destroyed, this group is invaluable to our comminity.

Linda253

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have watched this organization grow from inception. I am truly amazed at the dedication and compassion of Jen Leary and all the volunteers of Red Paw. They go above and beyond to rescue, rehabilitate, spay/neuter and reunite, so many owners and their beloved furry family members. It is just unbelievable what they have accomplished and continue relentlessly to do! Truly Heroic!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a fire and lost alot. I thought I was going to have to give up my baby my cat but thank god for red paws. They took awesome care of my kitty. Anyone who has had a fire knows its very hard to get back on top. I didn't have to worry about my baby and I got updates all the time. I can never thank them enough. Thank you red paws, Desertray miles

Patty I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
- Martin Buber
If they could speak... they would say THANK YOU

Helen E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found Red Paw relief through a post on facebook about 2 years ago. I thought wow a non profit organization saving animals in disastrous situations such as building fires and building collapses. I had to opportunity to foster a momma, Dasha and h er 4 kittens at the time were only 2 weeks old. I love fostering, I am what you call a foster failure,. I kept 2 of the kittens and I made sure the rest of the kittens went to good homes. I know they did. My friends adopted them. I have been on several events for Red Paw. They take pride in what they do. I will never forget the time when Lori met me at the cat room. She was on the phone with Jen about a kitten that was very sick. Jen was so upset you can hear it in her voice. They care about these animals, their well being and what happens when the family cannot provide for the fur babies any longer. the other night I messaged Red Paw to see if they have heard about the fire in my area, they were already responding. Red Paw is a great organization and I am happy that I am a part of it. I just recently adopted another foster failure.... Red Paw power.. :)

Donor

Rating: 5

Imagine what you would do if your house burned and your pets were missing? If you're lucky enough to live in the Philadelphia area, Red Paw would be there to help. They rescue, provide foster care, and - most importantly - reunite families with their pets.This is a 24-7, all-volunteer operation, which I am proud to support.

1 Amy_147

Client Served

Rating: 5

Red paw is an amazing organization. We had a house fire and thankful a gentleman handed me one of their cards to contact. We have 4 dogs and 2 macaws. Sadly we lost one of our macaws in the fire. Red Paw was there and transported out dogs who had symptoms of smoke inhalation and took amazing care of them at PennVet. I honestly know what I would have done without them. Simply amazing!

1 Rita J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE this organization and hearing about the work they do. I love animals. I have 6 cats (indoors) and all but one was rescued from my yard. Word gets around (meow) and now a feral/stray colony lives in my yard. I love them all dearly. I wish I could do more. Your area is soooo lucky to have this organization. I live in Simpsonville SC and I have researched the area (including Greenville) and there is NO organization to help these little critters. I am particularly partial to cats because there are so many of them and they don't get the attention that dogs get (my opinion). In closing.....KUDOS to all of you who volunteer your time to save these little critters with no voice of their own.

Christine102

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am unemployed, but I look so forward to getting back to work so I can make your organization my United Way choice. I live in WA state and just found out about your fantastic work within the past few months. As a kid who left Grays Ferry, it really makes me proud to see all that you do for the community, and the surrounding area.

1 Mik S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I decided that I first wanted to explore the idea of adopting a cat, the one thing that was most important to me was finding an organization whose mission I could get behind 100% and who were doing something unique among pet-charities. I first came into contact with Red Paw through their listings on Adopt-a-Pet and arranged a visit to meet a few of the adoptables. I ended up falling in love with 'Coco Kitty' (who I have just decided to call Kitty), a roughly 12 year old dark brown/black girl who was just begging to be spoiled rotten.

Every person that I interacted with at Red Paw made sure that I wasn't going to be "stuck", they made sure to arm me with the all the information and materials I needed to give Kitty a loving forever home. Seeing firsthand the dedication and passion that Jen, Sarah, Lori, and others at Red Paw have for what they do is truly amazing. After following the organization on Facebook, I learned that the supporters, donors, volunteers, and people served are a community - one that provides a much needed service to the community.

The amount of work that Red Paw staff and volunteers do on a day-to-day basis is inspiring and help build a bridge between larger organizations that often don't feel as personal, and the community they serve. The Philadelphia community has much thanks to give Red Paw, and they deserve every accolade that they are given.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a supporter of animal rescue/care and long-time pet owner, Red Paw gets my support. While I have no personal experience using their services, if I had an emergency like a fire, I am grateful that Red Paw exists to help. I support them monetarily and publicize their activities on my Facebook page.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On Monday July 29, 2013 the 400 block of Daly Street was rocked by a horrific explosion.Three house collapsed and the block was evacuated to Taggart School at 4th and Porter Street in South Philalephia. There my daughter, Diane and I met Jen and Lori from Red Paw. They returned to our home and rescued Molly our cat. She was returned to us last evening ( little frazzled but happy to be home. I cannot say enough good things about Red Paw. Thanks, Girls! Caro and Diane McKenna

1 Sandy52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few days ago a saw a post on a fb page asking for help for 2 adult female cats and 4 kittens that were in a garage after their home burned down. I copied this post to Red Paws fb page and within minutes they responded. Red Paws went out and rescued all of them. They are an amazing group of people. When I am in a position to foster again I want to help them. This past week has been a busy week with many displaced animals. I hope by networking they can get more volunteers. If you can find it in your heart and have extra room please consider fostering for Red Paws.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Services Volunteer and I couldn't be prouder to know Jen Leary, one of the co-founders of Red Paw. I first met Jen before she started Red Paw - when she was a disaster response volunteer with the Red Cross and also served in Haiti after the earthquake there. She has spoken to my social work graduate students a number of times now - first to share her experiences in Haiti and then to share information about Red Paw. She is amazing. Red Paw is amazing. I have been at disaster sites when it is all I can do to keep people from running back into a burning building after their pet. I have seen, first hand, how people will not leave a dangerous, disaster site because they cannot find their pet. I have held people in my arms after the death of a pet from a disaster. Pets are family members too! Jen and her sister and her partner and countless selfless volunteers with Red Paw make a difference everyday! They are angels on earth.

Angelina S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two years ago on July 25th 2011 my Daughter ,
Started something to make this world a little better.
Saving sweet animals..... A wonderful , caring compassionate
organizations . You never know when disaster might strikes
In your family ... Well, what about your precious pets.
What happens to them? They're your family too!
I CAN'T imagine leaving my Dog for one... Second..and
Not knowing where she was or who had her or when I would see
Her again! Red Paw ....makes sure you don't have to give up or
Pets or leave them in the street. My Daughter, has a loving , caring
Compassionate , warm heart ! She can't sleep and won't sleep if she knows
They're an Animal out there that needs her help.
I am so proud ......of my daughter, and her partner ,for saving
Theses sweet... poor innocent animals . Life without Red Paw
Is like life with out animals in this world!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Red Cross/Emergency Services volunteer. I have worked with Red Paw numerous times. They are selfless, dedicated,volunteers. They have come to scenes at all times,day or night. They assist families at one of the worse days of their lives,and always bring comfort,caring,and understanding,to any situation. They will help any type of pet get the care and sheltering needed,and never charge a dime. They will also return to a scene day after day,til they can get any pet,that is too scared to come out,after a fire or disaster.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with Red Paw at the leadership level and want to highlight the integrity of this organizations hierarchy. As a longtime participant in charity missions I have seen more than my fair share of groups and individuals who only talk the talk with no real service to the animals or communities they claim to be supporting. Not so with Red Paw (or any of the affiliate groups they have formed solid relationships with). Anyone looking for a great charity to support or volunteer with should feel confident their interests will be safe with Red Paw. This group isn't about taking advantage of anyone's generosity or promoting some individual's personal agenda - nothing sketchy is tolerated. Red Paw has created and maintains a high level of integrity while keeping its mission simple -- just a great commitment to a great mission -- helping displaced animals get reunited with their families after life-changing crises.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became interested in Red Paw through Facebook and signed on as a cat mate volunteer in March. Since I've been volunteering with them I've met some awesome people and pets. Fostering one of their more difficult cats and seeing her get adopted was one of the highlights of my year and it couldn't have happened without Red Paw and their support. The people in the organization are caring and committed and the organization fills a role that's desperately needed. I'm proud to be a Red Paw volunteer!

Rosemary4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of Red Paw through a friend over a year ago. My beloved 15 year old cat passed away and I after a couple months decided to adopt. I researched many animal shelters when I heard of Red Paw. I thought wow what a wonderful organization. They stood out to me beyond most of the animal shelters out there so I filled out an adoption application and began following Red Paw and what they do. I adopted brother and sister kittens that were rescued from a house fire and than surrendered to Red Paw. I fell in love with my new babies and what Red Paw does for our fur babies. They are a wonderful organization, Jen and Lori the founders are wonderful compassionate women who really care for animals , I have seen this first hand because I have become a Red Paw Volunteer. The work they do is amazing, their compassion has no boundries. Thank God for Red Paw !

John174

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization, so loving and caring. Animals can sleep a little better knowing Red Paw is on the job!

Donor

Rating: 5

Red Paw is a great organization - these folks are so dedicated. I contribute to them every month. I only contribute to organizations I know will make the most of my hard earned money, so I don't just give to any group.