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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: At Patriots and Paws our passion is to help those who have served their country and now are in need of help. We provide our veterans with home furnishings through the donations of others. We also provide them with a rescued companionship animal.

Results: In 2012 helped over 225 families, in 2013 we helped over 500 families in 2014 , 954 families, in 2015 we helped 1006 families, in 2016 we helped 981 families. At Patriots and Paws we count on our Volunteers, because we are an ALL Volunteer organization. In 2015, we put in almost 17,000.00 volunteer hours and in 2016 we put in over 14,500 volunteer hours. We did 1012 pick ups of donated goods from the community in 2016. This doesn't include those who dropped off items. This doesn't include the families we provided Holiday dinner bags to, or those at the that we provided, underwear, socks, t-shirts, sports bras, or yesterdays event with The Vet Hunters Project in Santa Ana all the clothes that was donated. Nor does it include those who through our Partnership with WAGS ~ Westminster Adoption Group and Services, who were able to adopt a companionship animal or those who come on Saturdays for training with 4 Paws 4 Patriots Service Dogs for Veterans who we have also partnered with or even Canine Intelligence Academy who we have partnered with. We can't forget the Christmas presents that were given to us to give away and the support of Volunteers for Veterans Foundation/Veterans Car Show and so many others.

Target demographics: Veterans/Active duty service members and Reserves, and their families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1006 families of Veterans, Active Military, Reservists throughout So. California.

Geographic areas served: We have served Veterans and their families in the Southern California area from San Diego, Orange, Riverside, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties

Programs: Provisions for Patriots, where we provide home furnishings like beds, couches, dining room tables, dishes, pots and pans and other basics to create there home. We will also unite them with a companionship animal that is fixed, current on shots and micro chipped all for FREE.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 Sharon93

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization that help active or retired military with household items and of course the dog(paws).
We got involved when my (estate sales & liquidations)company needed to donate items and most of the charties could not take very many items. So we looked around and heard from my senior mover and she told me about them. We got hold of Patriots and Paws and history was made. Reaching out to our clients and with their donations. They have made a huge difference for ths charity. We have been working with them for almost a year now. We enjoy the reward of making a difference to our Military in any way we can. My family was very involved in the military and I wanted to keep that alive in memory of them, but mostly for the Vets that are here and for the ones who are gone and should never be forgotten! Freedom is not Free! They all have given their time for us to have the lives we all enjoy. Some gave the ultimate sacrifice! God Bless all of them!


Board Member

Rating: 5

Patriots and Paws was born out of a need that was discover when my son came home from his first tour in Iraq. His unit had a Family Readiness Group (FRG) and I learned firsthand that these veteran families were in need of help with the everyday essentials that we take for granted. It has grown by the hard work of Penny Lambright along with all of the other volunteers and board members that have gotten their hands dirty to help give back to our active military, veterans and their families that served our county and have kept us out of harm’s way. I am proud to be a part of a charity that gives back 100% and in turn has seen life-changing results because of the efforts of all who are involved.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I was asked to be part of this moving charity over a year ago. First hand I have seen how many families (over 275) we have helped to date. It takes a small village of volunteers to help bring home furnishings, household goods and pets to deserving active military and veteran families! Please show your support by donating to a good cause that helps these families and their daily struggles feel a little bit more normal. Thank you.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I am honored to be a part of this board. I see how vets and active military families are helped on a daily basis. We are an army of volunteers doing our best to bring home furnishings and goods to these families. Vets are on our board too, so they know the struggles are real. Please consider donating! Every bit helps!