Paws in the City – October Pet Rescue of the Month
Paws In The City
With a passion for saving animals, Paws in the City has grown from a couple of volunteers, to a large number of volunteers and sponsors ready and willing to help when the need arises. Paws in the City is on a mission to end overpopulation, neglect and abuse of cats and dogs in the Dallas, Texas area.
During the summer of 2005, Paws in the City began their mission to save those dogs and cats from the City of Dallas shelter on the verge of being euthanized. Some of these dogs and cats were being killed because they were old, had a illness (although some were treatable) or because there was just not enough room at the shelter. But before their first adoption event in September, the horrific natural disaster known as Hurricane Katrina hit. Paws in the City co-founders Becky Haisma and Tara Harper sprung into action to help evacuate cats and dogs from no-kill shelters in Louisiana and Mississippi.
From this crisis, the Paws in the City philosophy was born:
- Be willing to share resources with like-minded groups
- Be ready to assist in a crisis
- Do not abandon animals that need the most help
This group of volunteers makes it a mission to work harder for those pets that are harder to place, even if it means raising additional funds to help animals running out of time.
Paws in the city is a non-profit organization. They don’t receive any money from the government, nor are any of their staff paid. Paws is an all-volunteer organization…with lots of fundraising skills. Known for their fundraising events, Paws in the City have four spectacular events each year in which they have sponsored by several companies, so ALL profits can go towards the medical, boarding or training of each dog. These usually sold-out fundraising events, allow Paws volunteers to interact with the community as well as the community to intermingle with the pets.
Some of the achievements of Paws in the City are:
- Reduced the number of animals killed at the City of Dallas Animal Shelter by having them attend the offsite adoption events and pulling animals off of death row. Other than the SPCA, they save more pets from the City of Dallas shelter than any other organization.
- Increased the number of animals adopted each and every year. In 2010, they double their intake and adoption numbers from 2009.
- Having the most exciting and unique special event fundraisers in town, which always sell out!
- They take in dogs and cats that other organizations overlook due to illness, age or breed. The City shelter utilizes Paws as a last resort.
- Created a training program for their dogs, so that no dog is in the program for long due to behavioral issues. They are committed to their emotional and mental well being as well as their physical needs.
- Offer the public a Guest Dog/Cat program. They help citizens who find strays or need to re-home a pet by posting them on their website and inviting them to attend their adoption events, as well as using their vet discounts.
- Provide a Medical Assistance Fund which offers the public help with expensive surgeries or treatments that they could not afford on their own.
For more information about Paws in the City, please see their contact information below: