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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

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My wife and I adopted our dog Deuce through the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. We were interested in Red Paw adoptables because of the story behind each animal. Our dog Deuce was a dog who survived a fire in his home. Apparently after several months of trying to keep in touch with Deuce's owner he was surrendered to Red Paw because his people could not take care of him. Deuce became an instant member of our family. I'm grateful for the opportunity to adopt Deuce and for the job Red Paw did in trying to reunite him with his owners.

2 Chumley S.

General Member of the Public

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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Advisor

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.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Much needed rescue organization. Reacues can breathe easy knowing someone else cares about their pets too.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red Paw is an outstanding organization that goes above and beyond to serve its community. I appreciate everything they do for pets and their families.

2 bluestu

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red Paw does excellent work. They go after animals displaced by fires and disasters of all types. I've never seen any other organization like this that provides such a service, including housing, neutering, re-housing, and finding new homes for displaced pets. I'm very happy to have learned about them. I hope that I never need their services, but am glad they are around!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If it wasn't for Red Paw a lot of pets and their families would be lost to each other. They go above and beyond to help people and their pets in a time when help is needed so badly.

Bigley9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a foster and transport volunteer I see many of the people and animals served by Red Paw. They are grateful for the service during their time of need. As a volunteer I can also speak Of the supportvolunteers get in helping Red Paw's mission. We know we are appreciated and questions or concerns that arise are answered quickly. Thank you, Red Paw!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Red paw has responded to so many emergency situations and better yet goes back to try to find pets who were spooked and hiding. Love you Red Paw!

Patty I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

An animal’s eyes have the power to speak a great language.
- Martin Buber
If they could speak... they would say THANK YOU

1 Rita J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I LOVE this organization and hearing about the work they do. I love animals. I have 6 cats (indoors) and all but one was rescued from my yard. Word gets around (meow) and now a feral/stray colony lives in my yard. I love them all dearly. I wish I could do more. Your area is soooo lucky to have this organization. I live in Simpsonville SC and I have researched the area (including Greenville) and there is NO organization to help these little critters. I am particularly partial to cats because there are so many of them and they don't get the attention that dogs get (my opinion). In closing.....KUDOS to all of you who volunteer your time to save these little critters with no voice of their own.

Christine102

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am unemployed, but I look so forward to getting back to work so I can make your organization my United Way choice. I live in WA state and just found out about your fantastic work within the past few months. As a kid who left Grays Ferry, it really makes me proud to see all that you do for the community, and the surrounding area.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a supporter of animal rescue/care and long-time pet owner, Red Paw gets my support. While I have no personal experience using their services, if I had an emergency like a fire, I am grateful that Red Paw exists to help. I support them monetarily and publicize their activities on my Facebook page.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On Monday July 29, 2013 the 400 block of Daly Street was rocked by a horrific explosion.Three house collapsed and the block was evacuated to Taggart School at 4th and Porter Street in South Philalephia. There my daughter, Diane and I met Jen and Lori from Red Paw. They returned to our home and rescued Molly our cat. She was returned to us last evening ( little frazzled but happy to be home. I cannot say enough good things about Red Paw. Thanks, Girls! Caro and Diane McKenna

1 Sandy52

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A few days ago a saw a post on a fb page asking for help for 2 adult female cats and 4 kittens that were in a garage after their home burned down. I copied this post to Red Paws fb page and within minutes they responded. Red Paws went out and rescued all of them. They are an amazing group of people. When I am in a position to foster again I want to help them. This past week has been a busy week with many displaced animals. I hope by networking they can get more volunteers. If you can find it in your heart and have extra room please consider fostering for Red Paws.

John174

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great organization, so loving and caring. Animals can sleep a little better knowing Red Paw is on the job!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When disaster strikes, immediate concerns are for the safety and security of people, oftentimes their pets are left and forgotten. I admire the great work theses volunteers of Red Paw do to ensure the safety of all of God's creatures. It takes a lot of energy, patience, dedication and hardwork to do what they do. I personally know an involved volunteer who commits herself to this work daily. I see the passion she has for this organization and its great cause. THANK YOU Red Paw for all that you do!