ABOUT

Who we are

WORKING TOWARDS A BETTER TOMORROW

Our Story

Paws It Forward began in November 2011 when two friends, working in a pet store, learned about the helpless animals being euthanized at high-kill shelters in California in order to make space. After they enlisted their friends and family to help save over 50 dogs from being euthanized they were able to find loving homes for each one. As the network of people wanting to help grew, they were able to help more dogs. None of this would be possible without the countless volunteers and foster homes that helped them on their journey. Today Paws It Forward rescues, rehabilitates and rehomes hundreds of dogs from around the world who have been neglected, abandoned or abused every year.

Funding & Facility

Our focus is our dogs; we do not allocate any funds for staff, and use all donations towards vet care, supplies, transportation and dog food. 

Our entire Board of Directors volunteers their time and skills to ensure each and every dog that joins our program receives all the care they need. 

We fundraise to cover all our expenses with no government funding. Currently we do not have a facility, or overhead costs.  

All our dogs live in loving foster homes until adopted.

MEET OUR TEAM

Board of Directors

Kristina

Director

Jilly-ann

Director

Charlotte

Director

Sam

Director

Brogan

Director

Jessica

Director

 

WHAT DRIVES US

Our Mission

Here at Paws It Forward, we are driven by a single goal; to do our part in making the world a better place for our canine friends. 

Every dog deserves a chance to have a better life.

Every dog deserves to be treated humanely.

It doesn’t matter where they come from, what breed they are, or what size they may be.

We are their voice. 

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Lisa

Foster Home Coordinator

Chelan

Online Adoption Advertiser

Sydney

Merchandise coordinator

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Event Coordinator

Cheryl

SOCIAL MEDIA - Facebook & Digital Media

Leah

Social media - Instagram & Online Clothing Sales

Bonnie

Coin Can Distribution Coordinator

what we do

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RESCUING PETS

Our motto is that we do not discriminate against dogs based on age, breed, or location. We believe every dog deserves a happy forever home, which is why we rescue dogs both inside, and outside of, the Okanagan.

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FINDING PETS A HOME

We do not euthanize to "make space". We work hard to find potential applicants, even if it takes a long time. Some dogs have stayed in our program for over a year. We want to make the right match - Not a quick adoption.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteers are an integral part of our rescue. We are all volunteers and we are always looking for more help! Volunteering is a great way to help the animals, have fun and meet like-minded people.

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EDUCATE

It's important to know how to care for a dog. We love visiting local schools to talk about our rescue animals and educate future pet owners on what it entails. We promote force free training methods as well as spaying and neutering.

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Awards

Best Local Charity

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Best Local Website

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Best Overall
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Get Involved

There are many ways to help our animals in need. If you can’t adopt consider becoming a foster home, a volunteer or donating.

Foster

Every dog relies on a foster parent to be their stepping stone to a better life.

Volunteer

Help a little or a lot. We have various positions and always need help. Join our team.

Donate

Don't have time to volunteer or foster? Sign up to make a one time or monthly donation.

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