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Red Paw Emergency Relief Team

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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

8 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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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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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.

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

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 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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our family dog, Phoebe, from Red Paw. Phoebe's previous owner was the victim of a fire, and Phoebe was housed with foster families and in a kennel for over six months. Red Paw and their volunteers took incredibly good care of her - she is very sensitive and loves people and would not have done well in a shelter. Phoebe's previous owner (an elderly woman) chose to surrender her, and we adopted her after meeting Phoebe and Jen Leary, Red Paw's founder, at an event. Jen was professional and clearly passionate about her work. I've now known Red Paw for over six months and am very impressed with all of their work. They are truly making a difference for pets and families in distress.