February Charity: Paw Works
Paw Works is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue organization that partners with county and city shelters to give abandoned animals a second chance at life. Through pet adoption and community programs, they focus on responsible pet ownership and solutions that address animal overpopulation and abandonment.
Established on January 17, 2014, Paw Works was founded with the clear mission: to help make Ventura County “No Kill.” By forming a rescue organization designed to place unwanted animals from county and city shelters in permanent homes, they hoped to help ease the tragic burden that is created when owners abandon their animals, and fail to spay or neuter their pets
Ventura County was able to achieve “No Kill” status less than a month after Paw Works was formed, through the sheer determination and support provided directly from the organization. Expanding their reach, Paw Works continues to take in abandoned animals today throughout Southern California and the nation at large. Noting, over the course of the pandemic they have experienced a 400% increase in their adoption rates. Allowing them to rescue over 5,200 animals throughout 2020 and 2021 from high-kill/rural shelters as well as unsafe areas…and they are still rescuing every single week! Overall, Paw Works has saved 12,000 animals in the span of only 8 years.
With 98% of every donated dollar to Paw Works going back directly to the rescue, care, education and adoption to Paw Works’ animals saved, they have been able to achieve significant growth in just 6 years. Now, Paw Works is revolutionizing the rescue community further with the expansion of their new Veterinary Hospital. Opened March 2021, it serves at the first rescue-run vet in Ventura County, with the focus of rescue and affordable care for the community.