Join us for the 4th Annual “Designer Pads for PAWS” Fundraiser!

DPFP 2015 inviteJoin us for a fun evening at the 4th annual “Designer Pads for PAWS” fundraiser on October 8th! This pet-friendly event will feature one-of-a-kind designer pet beds for auction, in addition to other items. All proceeds will benefit PAWS San Diego to help keep pet families together, and pets out of shelters!

Tickets are just $10 in advance or $15 at the door and can be purchased here.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PAWS San Diego Partners with San Diego Rescue Mission to Help Homeless with Pets

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) estimates that 63% of households have at least one pet.  When these people fall on hard times and are forced to move, finding affordable housing for themselves and their pet proves to be almost impossible.  Just like us, many of the clients that we serve say that they would rather live on the streets, or in their car, than give up their beloved companion.  Thus, many do.  The San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless estimated that over 8,500 people were homeless in San Diego in January 2014.

As part of our merger with the San Diego Humane Society, PAWS San Diego now offers a Homeless Outreach Service.  By partnering with human service organizations that support the homeless, we are able to provide pet food and support to help these families keep their pets.

Vincent Williams & Zooey 2This Thanksgiving, PAWS San Diego partnered with the San Diego Rescue Mission to serve the homeless. As these individuals and families lined up for their Thanksgiving Congregate Meal, many of them had their best friend in tow. PAWS San Diego’s dedicated volunteers and staff were on hand to make sure these furry friends were taken care of while their human companions enjoyed their warm, Thanksgiving meal. Most of these very loved, four legged friends are not used to being apart from their human companion, so we made sure both humans and pets were reassured that everything was going to be ok. Over 50 pets were walked, cuddled and taken care of, and they all left with pet food, supplies, smiles and wagging tails.

The reunion between pets and their people had to be seen to be believed. It was the best Thanksgiving gift we could have given ourselves and perhaps to these pet families too. It was priceless.

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

PAWS San Diego Merger Announcement

Dear PAWS San Diego Family,

It is with great pride that I announce the next big milestone for our organization. After 21 years of supporting needy pet families in our community, we have grown our wings and are ready to fly.

Our mission to provide pet services and support to low-income pet families who are seniors, chronically ill and disabled remains stronger than ever. Our in-home delivery program of pet food and services is hugely successful and still growing. The Pantry program that we launched last year is thriving and has already outgrown the space we have. We are ready to meet the needs of more veterans, the homeless and those in temporary economic crisis.

With a common goal to keep every pet with their family, our merger with the San Diego Humane Society was inevitable. We quickly realized that our missions were aligned and that we could do so much more together.

On September 1, 2014, PAWS San Diego will officially merge with the San Diego Humane Society. We plan to unite our teams and resources to expand safety net programs to help more pet owners keep their pets. Under the leadership of Dr. Gary Weitzman, President & CEO of the San Diego Humane Society, we are looking forward to growing our programs here in San Diego and beyond.

The PAWS San Diego staff are an integral part of the merger and will continue in their respective roles. Our programs and services will also continue as normal and volunteers will be unaffected. Contributions designated to the PAWS program will be directed to help the pet families we serve.

Thank you for your continued support as we make a bigger difference, helping more people keep their pets. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

With much gratitude and best wishes,

Geraldine D'Silva
Geraldine D’Silva
Executive Director

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment