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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Hope for paws rescues dogs and all other animals who are suffering on the streets and in shelters. Our goal is to educate people on the importance of companion animals in our society, to reduce euthanasia rates at shelters, increase adoption rates, and inspire people all over the world to take action in order to end animal abuse, neglect, and homelessness.

Programs: In the past year we were able to save hundreds of dogs and cats from a life of pain and suffering. We worked with dozens of rescues all over the united states, and by working together, we were able to get all of these animals great medical care, bring all of them to foster homes, and find each and every one of them a loving forever home. In the past year we started a spay/neuter program and got hundreds of dogs and cats fixed in an effort to reduce the overpopulation problem here in southern california. Hope for paws' rescue videos and photos continue to inspire people from all over the world, and this year they were viewed over 75 million times.

Community Stories

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters
2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

To some of the "reviews" on this charity...1) Non profit doesn't mean that people working for the non-profit do not get paid. It isn't realistic to expect any person to "work" (i.e., rescue dogs) full-time or even standard part-time hours for zero pay. Most people - unless independently wealthy - cannot afford to do so. They have to buy food, shelter, cars, etc., just like the rest of us do. 2) If you are going to make claims that could result in a negative impact to the non profit you are reviewing you should cite links or detail where you found the information/claims you are making so others can review as well. If this is a legitimate organization your claims may affect their ability to obtain donations which then affects their ability to save these animals. 3) To those who claim "no one knows what happens to these animals". In fact Hope for Paws states very clearly in their videos the other rescue organizations they work with to get these dogs fostered and adopted. In virtually all of the videos you see the before and the "after" - the dog recovered from the abandonment and/or abuse they have suffered. There have also been many cases where there is a separate video or pictures of the dogs with their new families. Some of these new families even have started FB pages with their rescued dog(s). I have donated to Hope for Paws - and I don't know if the claims made by some here are legitimate or not - I would hope the latter. But if you're going to make claims that could affect a non profit and the work they do - sharing where you obtained your information is the responsible thing to do IMO.

28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I have watched the videos and cried and prayed--came very close to donating then did some research.Have a few questions:for an organization that takes in millions,why only 3 staff members?Or am i wrong?If Eldad is claiming non-profit status then is it true he bought a house with a pool(Profit!) from the donations???Why all the secrecy re the finances and why no reports to the IRS for 2 years?Why the trips-funded by donations-to Costa Rica to rescue dogs when so many in America need rescuing still?Could be the organization which is only a drop box for mail has 3 people because these 3 can keep their lips zipped? One of the Lisas is an "actress"and the other a weight-lifter and both really adore their "SELFIES''.I noticed from the start that the vids are too slick and so is the way Eldad talks.Also I thought he was 36 years old?Read that he was an Israeli army commander-then read that he came to America at age 18.Was he an army commander at 18 also?Or 16? How about 12?Something stinks out there in Hollywoodland and it ain't the Halibut,Jazz-bo.

28

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I started researching this organization and since it is a nonprofit I searched via State of California charity database. There is a file. They collected over $2 million last year. However, they are seriously delinquent in providing the state required financial information since 2014! The state mailed them a letter dated July 26, 2016 giving them 30 days from the date of the letter to provide it or they can lose their tax exempt status. I map viewed their Beverly Hills address and it's a mail drop. Until this org becomes more forthcoming I wouldn't donate. Good luck trying to find those rescued dogs to adopt also.

36

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I came upon their youtube vids and initially thought they were God's gift to homeless and abandoned dogs.
I always gave them a 'like' and shared their vids.
BUT...something seemed off...the vids were very slickly done....way more so then any other group that was starting off and it never showed the dogs in their apt or home. It seemed it always went from a rescue of a dog filled with fleas/mange many times injured to the vet that was always open. My vet isn't always available to me.
Then I read how a dog was left in the desert in a crate...of course the dog died a horrible death. Eldad and his wife were directly responsible so I had read. Running out on boarding fees and his wife saying in court he couldnt speak English.
I don't know if everything if true but court records don't lie.
Seems there is enough proof to think way more than twice about believing what this organization says.
I'd certainly never give them a penny...I know way more deserving grassroots organizations that don't live in Beverly Hills and go without to help animals.
They say an associate is the one that caused trouble for them but I don't buy it.
This Hope for Paws seems way too fishy.

Review from Guidestar

24 Douglas18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Shady organization... pocketing the money they raise.

47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

I was about to write a check until I saw the address in Beverly Hills......really?

I will write a check to my local Humane Society

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I SEE THEM RESCUE A LOT OF GREAT ANIMALS IN NEED ON THE INTERNET, THEY ARE AWESOME FOR WHAT THEY DO BY MAKING A BIG DIFFERENCE TO SAVE ANIMALS THAT ARE HOMELESS.

7 Linda373

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Eldad and his wonderful group of angels are the most patient of rescuers i have ever seen. and the fact that they also follow through with the animals long after their rescue speaks volumes about their characters,
anyone who can help these angels please volunteer some time to them. they also have a wish list on Amazon you can donate to.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hats off to u guys dat ur helping out these poor dogs and giving encouragement to people like me to do the same.I'm from India.I'm an IT professional.yesterday I saw a dog hit by a bike and was lyin on the pavement suffering from pain. Her spinal was totally damaged.we didn't realise dat then. We wanted to help out dat dog becoz we couldn't leave her dere to die.so we searched out for a pet clinic where she could be diagnosed. Bt in India we don have such facilities in every place. Finally we took her to a petclinic where she was given first aid.but d doctor said she has oly 35% chance of survival since her spinal was totally damaged n bleeding from inside.her veins were burstin and dat she was in her last stage.but if we had d facility she could survive.we also informed blue cross about dis but they refused to come n take the injured dog.even if dey take her.they vil let her die.people like me r totally helpless even if we want to help injured dogs.please is there a solution to this.I would be a very happy person if this rescue organisation is set up in India in my state especially.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been impressed with the work that Eldad Hagar and his organization are doing. Some of the negative reviews complain that he spends too much time on fancy videos so it must be a scam. That is no proof of a scam. These days it is simple and cheap to strap on a GoPro and get informal videos. The use a formula for putting them to music, captioning, and editing. I imagine it is a pretty quick process by now. Another article went on and on about an old case of an associate of Eldad's being caught embezzling. It looks like he has nothing to do with her any more so I don't see that problem as something that should prevent a non-profit from continuing to operate. No on can guarantee that all of their employees are perfect all of the time. The important thing is that they fix the problem as soon as it is known. This article then ended by basically saying, "Don't donate to Eldad; donate to us!" Oh, OK. If that is not a conflict of interest, I don't know what is. It would be refreshing to read an ubiased, dispassionate analysis of these old cases, but none exist.

Keep up the good work, Eldad!

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I was taken in by the emotional music filled rescuing of stray dogs on YouTube Hope for Paws. However, something told me to search for Reviews of Hope for Paws on Google. And sure enough Hope for Paws Review did reveal a sordid side to these fabulous tales of dog rescue. First, they dump the dogs after getting their money. Then if you read the stories of the actors and actresses ,you'll find a dark side. Poor exploited You
Tube viewers --in the millions--and poor exploited animals. Why has this con lasted so long?

47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This blog has quite a few testimonials regarding the fraud and corruption with Hope For Paws. The partner landed in jail for embezzlement. The videos are very moving, but there is a lot of shady talk surrounding this organization. Donate to your local shelter or local rescue, they are a safer bet and much more under funded than this group.

http://thegoodthebadtheunforgivable.blogspot.com/2013/12/hope-for-paws-eldad-hagar-abandoned.html

38

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't know this group other then through their videos. IF they are fake then they will be caught. Scammers generally don't like lots of publicity. These people take the general public into their facilities, unlike some of the big name animal charities that do TV commercials but never show the doctors or people involved. The complaints I see are generally people who complain that they were not thanked enough for their donation. I guess they are the type who only donate for their own gratification and don't really care about the cause. For those treated suspiciously when trying to adopt, I guess that you are too stupid to realize that gang members and dog fighters often try to adopt dogs for their own evil purposes. Do you really want this group to NOT be careful and hand over these rescued dogs to just anyone? As for the guy that complained about their inappropriate humor among themselves: People who have to deal daily with the results of human cruelty often use that type of humor to blow off steam. I have seen it with cops and prison guards. IF that is what they have to do in order to avoid internalizing it and then taking it out violently on the first person they see mistreating an animal, so be it. Get over it.
Personally, I came here looking for evidence of funds mishandling before I donate. All I found was a bunch of self involved whiners who don't have the guts to get out there and do the hard work these people do. I also found a lot (most of the reviews) of good people who want to help an organization that has taken on a thankless task.

12 Sophia H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would have given this shelter 0 stars but the one star is for the cat house. I had a horrible experience at PAWS. I felt profiled and discriminated against by the shelter staff when we went to look at adopting a dog. I recomend to never contribute money to this shelter if they continue to treat people so bad.

5 Judy109

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a retiree I have a limited amount of money available for donating to worthy causes. The tireless efforts by Hope for Paws to rescue animals have made them the top of my list. I believe this organization is the real deal and I encourage everyone who will listen to help with whatever they can afford. I make a small monthly donation and my sister in law and I have challenged all Facebook friends to do the same. I don't believe Eldad can fake the rescues shown in the videos and I absolutely love how he shares credit for rescues. I pray this group gets more TV coverage and publishes more videos to increase their resources by manyfold to support more rescues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I "discovered" Hope for Paws a couple of years ago and periodically make small donations. I use PayPal and get receipts through that. Once I answered a plea for a small donation and the first 500 donors would receive a lucky leash! I donated then promptly forgot about the offer. A couple of weeks later I received a leash and note thanking me personally for my donation in the mail! Elgar and his wife seem very sincere in videos, email and on Facebook. Tonight I saw a very negative article on Hope for Paws with no references, unsigned, and since I didn't believe it, started searching for more info and found this site with the message from a health professional who works directly with Eldad Hagar. I believe that the rescue is genuine and will continue to send small donations which I also send to other animal charities.

5 Jessica E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I also got an email receipt and confirmation almost immediately. I wonder if the people that did not may have put down their email incorrectly. I feel this is a good, reputable charity and would recommend them if you are considering donating.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the people saying they "got no receipt", if you donated online and provided your email address... Eldad will send a same-day receipt via email. I donated today and received the receipt within a few hours.

18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

no other organization endorses them....they never contact local authorities (?) and never seem to care that they are trespassing during their videos........you gotta ask how any legit organization can continue to operate as such......they don't post what they are receiving...or what percentage of your donation is used for the animals.....they don't seem to give receipts.....don't answer emails.......they may help some animals.....I'm sure they are helping themselves a lot more. If you want to truly help the animals of the world, give to the Humane Society, or the ASPCA. They truly work hard and help thousands of animals in truly horrible conditions.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Hope For Paws has also been credited with excepting donations and dumping dogs at shelters. See link:

http://www.freenewspos.com/news/article/f/271623/today/allegations-of-fraud-dog-killing-and-pet-abandonment-surround-hope-for-paws