Red Paw is an animal rescue group that is based out of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Red Paw is almost 2 years old and had joined forces with the southeastern Pennsylvania chapter of the American Red Cross at it’s conception.
Red Paw a First Responder for Pets
Red Paw was founded by Jennifer Leary who is a Philadelphia Fire Fighter and Red Cross Emergency Responder. She was witness more times than she could count to housing disasters where there was no one to take care of or provide medical care for the pets.
Ms. Leary approached the Red Cross about working together in emergency situations when pets were involved, and at this time 90% of Red Paws’ emergency calls come from the Red Cross – this combination has proven itself a true success.
Red Paw is Disaster Central for Pets
Red Paw takes care of the animals that have become displaced due to a fire, flood or other disasters that may send their owners to a shelter, hotel, or to live with family and friends. Very often a shelter or hotel will not accept pets, and there just may not be any room for the pet at someone else’s home.
Red Paw Services and Assistance Free of Charge
Red Paw has a growing network of volunteers, foster homes, other pet welfare and pet rescue groups. Red Paw provides all of their services free of charge. If a pet under their care needs veterinary care, special supplies or boarding, Red Paw will cover the charges.
The ultimate goal of Red Paw is to reunite pets with their owners within a month’s time frame; however it may take much longer for the owner to get back on their feet after a disaster. Owners may decide to surrender their pet and at that point Red Paw may put them up for adoption in their Red Paw facility.
Red Paw Successfully Reunites or Adopts Out Hundreds of Pets in 2012
In 2012 Red Paw was able to reunite 86 families with their pets. There were 36 additional pets that ended up being surrendered by their owners – these were all adopted out through Red Paws’ adoption efforts. In addition, Red Paw responded to 164 disasters in 2012, covering Philadelphia and the surrounding 4-counties; they helped some 300 animals which included a variety of pets, and both slithering and crawling creatures.
Success continues with 75% of pets reunited and 25% of pets finding new homes through adoption.
The group Red Paws relies entirely on donations.
Visit Red Paw’s website for more information on their history.