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Partnership For Animal Welfare

Cause Area

  • Animals


P.O. BOX 1074Greenbelt, MD 20768 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Partnership for Animal Welfare (PAW) is a non-profit group of volunteers chartered to facilitate the rescue and adoption of homeless domestic animals, mainly dogs and cats, and place them in loving and stable homes.


The group is funded by tax deductible donations and is run totally by volunteers. Adoption shows are held in the suburban Maryland area several times a month to allow prospective owners to meet with the animals and with volunteers.


Would you recommend Partnership For Animal Welfare?
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by Lisande B. (February 11, 2013)
I recently began volunteering with PAW, and I highly recommend that you do the same! Our "clients" truly are swept up at the eleventh hour, and each is treated as an individual when it comes to personality and placement with his/her "person." I take those who are kenneled for walks, and I've just now started working with the Fundraising Director on a plan for increasing financial support. We can use help in fundraising, fostering, and outreach especially.
by Nathan D. (June 15, 2012)
I find PAW to be a great place to volunteer for two main reasons. First, the organization's objective (or 'mission') is hard to beat. I care strongly about animal welfare, and feel strongly that finding homes for abandoned/homeless animals is a priority in order to increase the overall quality of life of all dogs in America. Second, I really like and appreciate the accessibility of PAW as an organization. Unlike other volunteer organizations I have experienced in the past, PAW does not require a large time commitment, neither for training (only one hour of training before you can volunteer at PAW events), nor as a requirement to volunteer. Whereas with other volunteer opportunities for example I have been told that if I was unable to be there for the full day (8 hours) that I would be unable to participate. With PAW; literally everyone who is able to come to an event (regardless how long they can attend) is able to participate. Further, no one is assigned "busy-work" b/c little tim
by Serenity P. (February 13, 2012)
PAW takes the time to familiarize new volunteers with the organization’s mission and encourages volunteers to give according to their interests and schedules. There are a lot of ways to become involved with the animals as well as behind-the-scenes work! The organization is made up of dedicated and caring volunteers. It has been a blessing to become a part of this PAW family and help save and care for animals who otherwise would not be given a second chance!
by Katherine C. (April 1, 2010)
I just started volunteering with PAW and it's been a great experience. I first started out just as a helper at the adoption shows and they've really let me take on more responsibility. I now have a specific dog I pick up from the shelter and take to the snows. It's been a fabulous experience! PAW has been a great addition to my weekend and I always look forward to seeing the dogs and the adoption shows. Just a great organization to volunteer for, I highly recommend it!
by lorna s. (February 1, 2009)
Volunteering with PAW is a very rewarding experience because you work directly with the animals and every time you volunteer you really make a difference in the life of a dog or a cat. PAW is comprised of all volunteers, and you can do as little or as much as your schedule allows (every bit is appreciated).
by Mike S. from MD (January 27, 2009)
PAW is an outstanding organization with a heart of gold for these rescued animals needing a home. It goes without saying that way too many pets are put in a situation where they need a new home or else they will be put to sleep. PAW staff members take this responsibility of placement seriously and take the time to review and place the pets appropriately and find a perfect match for pet and adopter. Anything less than this attention to detail to correct placement would put the pets at risk once again. PAW staff and volunteers do an amazing amount of quality placement with limited resources. They are a shining star in the pet rescue and volunteer communities.
by Randy E. (January 15, 2009)
I have volunteered with P.A.W. for almost 3 years. I have never worked with a more dedicated group of people who unselfishly give of their time to rescue. care for, and find loving homes for discarded dogs and cats. You will be helping out a wonderful rescue organization if you volunteer with us.
by Amy B. (January 14, 2009)
I have been with PAW since its inception 13 years ago. I have never worked with more dedicated and caring individuals, a total volunteer force, who has placed thousands of unwanted animals into loving, forever homes. I have met many of my best friends through PAW and I highly recommend and welcome meeting anyone wishing to help out and join us!
by Gregory P. from Potomac, MD (January 13, 2009)
PAW goes out of its way to help a lot of dogs and cats get second chances at a new life. Between showing the dogs and cats at local shows, on its website, and occasionally on TV, needy animals get a lot of exposure and often a great second home sooner rather than later. Their adoption standards might seem strict to some, but that's only because they know the animals' tendencies very well and since the dogs/cats have often been abandoned/surrendered once before, they want to really make sure it never happens again and avoid further trauma.
by Jodi K. from Potomac, MD (January 12, 2009)
PAW takes in dogs and cats who are living on the streets, being abused, unwanted, or in line to be euthanized and helps find their forever home. It is so rewarding to spend time with these animals and see them placed with their family. PAW is a wonderful place to volunteer and I can't think of any better organization with which to spend my free time!
by Raleigh J. from Clarksburg, MD (January 12, 2009)
I am starting my 3rd year with PAW and I couldn't be happier. The focus is truly the dogs and cats we help. It is very rewarding to see dogs that people might say are unadoptable find good homes.
by Michael C. from Gaithersburg, MD, MD (January 10, 2009)
Absolutely -- in all my years of volunteering -- this is the best group I have ever volunteered with. The volunteers are unselfish and immensely dedicated to the cause of animal rescue and they do wonderful work. They advocate for homeless animals who can't speak for themselves. I'm sure the dogs & cats would thank the PAW volunteers with all their heart if they could. I can't think of a better group or cause to recommend.
by Joanne G. from Silver Spring, MD (December 30, 2008)
I have been a PAW volunteer since 1998, when I adopted my first dog from the group. I had never had a dog, only cats. PAW took the time to consider me, even though I had no dog experience. Volunteering for PAW has been such a rewarding experience. I find the volunteers to all have a common goal--to find dogs and cats the best homes possible. PAW volunteers are full of love, compassion and dedication for all of our animals!
by David C. (December 12, 2008)
PAW does a great job of rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill-rate shelters, bringing them back to health if they are sick, and keeping them safe and well until a good forever home can be found for them. Even in difficult cases (eg heartworm cases that many other rescues will not accept, PAW will treat them and work to find a good home). PAW volunteers work very hard to achieve this, generously giving their time and energy towards this worthwhile cause.
by Ginny A. from Englewood, FL (December 12, 2008)
I got involved with PAW when I rescued a dog who was emaciated and kept tied to a tree without any shelter. I contacted every rescue group in town and no one would help me save Max. PAW was the only group that was willing to give Max a chance. They got him the medical care he needed, sent him to obedience training classes and had him neutered & vaccinated. PAW sponsored Max until they found him a wonderful, loving home. PAW also helped me find a home for a cat I rescued. I loved working with PAW and was sad to leave the group when I moved to Florida.
by Lisa A. from Reisterstown, MD (December 12, 2008)
I have been an volunteer with PAW for many years and just want to say it is a wonderful group with so many committed volunteers.
by Linda B. from Rockville, MD (December 12, 2008)
I am so impressed by the dedication of the PAW volunteers, the compassion toward the animals they save, and the successes in placing dogs and cats in loving homes. Most of the volunteers have full-time jobs, families, significant others, their own dogs or cats, and still find time to give to help the rescued animals because it's such a rewarding experience. There's also a great sense of camaraderie in working together to rescue and place cats and dogs. Whether it's fostering and potty-training a dog, being a "buddy" to a cat at a kennel waiting for his new home, driving a dog to an adoption show, taking a cat to the vet, returning emails and phone calls from the public, fundraising, writing for the newsletter--there are so many tasks to pick from to help this worthy organization. I'm proud to be a 3+ year volunteer with PAW.
by Barbara&Joe H. (December 12, 2008)
PAW is a wonderful rescue group with devoted volunteers working non-stop to rescue and place dogs and cats. We have fostered and adopted cats and dogs from them. They're a great group!
by Marilyn R. from Laurel, MD (December 11, 2008)
I initially became involved with PAW when I needed help placing a mother cat and two kittens that I rescued. PAW was great about working with me, and all three cats got wonderful homes. I still have contact with the owners of two of the cats, and am friends with the third. Since then, PAW has helped me in other situations, and I have done my best to help them. They are a great organization, and through them I have met others who share my own desire to help animals in need. We are there to support one another, and through that support, we are able to help many animals get a fresh start. In addition, we help people who also want to help animals, but for various reasons cannot do so directly. Their gratitude fuels us to continue our work for the animals.
by Cory T. from Silver Spring, MD (December 11, 2008)
The best experience is rescuing dogs & cats who were destined for euthanasia, caring for them and getting to know them until a great owner comes along looking for just the right pet, and getting them adopted. The volunteers who work for PAW are dedicated to rescuing the pets and keeping them healthy & safe until they can be adopted. These folks are very knowledgeable about the pets, breeds, temperaments, and training. I've learned so much in my 3 years of volunteering; I'm a much better dog & cat owner now. And volunteering is easy - there are many little tasks: occasional fundraising, answering inquiries, walking the dogs, as well as helping out at the dog & cat adoption shows each week. Give us a call!
by Doreen P. (December 11, 2008)
Aside from the good work that PAW does with animals, it is a great place to volunteer with kids - one of the few places where kids (of reasonable age, along with a parent) can actively volunteer and have direct contact with homeless animals. My daughter felt like she was helping directly, much more so that she would have felt if she had held a collection drive, made posters, etc.
by vicky b. from Bethesda, MD (December 11, 2008)
PAW has been saving homeless, abandoned and abused animals in the DC Metro area for 12 years. PAW has strong working relationships with area shelters, and has helped raise public awareness about the benefits of adopting vs. buying or breeding. PAW was also a pioneer in use of the Internet to promote adoptions of homeless animals. I love volunteering for PAW because I get to work with extremely kind and dedicated animal rescue folks, and see many "happy endings" for our animals & the humans who adopt them.
by Christine L. from College Park, MD (December 11, 2008)
"PAW" is a wonderful organization that saves lives daily and has a great focus on humane education, responsible pet ownership. The volunteers are dedicated, close knit and work tirelessly to ensure all they can to achieve the focus of their mission statement.
by chris g. (December 11, 2008)
PAW is an amazing group that is dedicated to pairing the right pet with the right person. I love volunteering with PAW.
by Christina L. (December 11, 2008)
A great place to help animals and to learn so much about our furry friends!
by Suzanne M. (December 11, 2008)
A wonderful opportunity to help homeless pets and to meet caring people with the same objective.
by Krissy D. (December 11, 2008)
Great group of people who are extremely dedicated to rescuing animals!

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