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

Mission: Our mission is to assist displaced pets and their people 24/7 and 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) animal welfare and emergency services nonprofit organization that works in conjunction with the American Red Cross SEPA Chapter and other emergency relief organizations to provide emergency transport, shelter and veterinary care to animals involved in residential fires and other incidents. We also work within a network that includes veterinary care facilities, boarding facilities, kennels and training facilities, animal rescue groups and fosters in Philadelphia and surrounding counties.

Results: Since our formation on July 25,2011, we’ve been called over 600 times to assistance in Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, and Chester counties as well as the Lehigh Valley, Burlington and Camden, NJ. Incidents we’ve responded to include fires, house collapses, storm damage and flooding. We’ve provided emergency transport, shelter, long term fostering, emergency vet care, on-going medical care and free food delivery to the fosters and rescues for over 1000 displaced pets. We also worked within our network to get over half of the Red Paw animals spayed/neutered and vaccinated, at no cost to the owners, along with providing transportation to and from the facilities. 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: Displaced Pets and their People.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Close to 500 displaced pets in 8 counties and 2 states

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

Programs: Emergency Services Animal Welfare Adoptions Social Services

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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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Rating: 5

There can be no life more deserving of help than those innocent animals who depend so deeply on humans, and who spend their entire life loving and nurturing us while asking for so little in return. The work of Red Paw Emergency Relief Fund is nothing short of epic - the volunteers who find the time to respond 24/7 heroic.

Imagine having your whole life fall apart due to unexpected disaster, and at your most chaotic moment to perhaps not even know where your beloved animal may be - only to find that it has been found, cleaned, seen by a veterinarian and housed in a loving home... all to be returned to your arms once life has been brought back to normal.

In my mind there are few programs as vital as Red Paw - how they have not always existed - and how they don't exist everywhere - are the only questions.