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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

81 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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 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.

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!)

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.

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.

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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.