PROTECTING ANIMALS WITHIN SAN ANTONIO

Rescue.Rehab.Rehome.

aka P.A.W.S.   |   San Antonio, TX   |  pawsa.org

Mission

Protecting Animals Within San Antonio (P.A.W.S) is a 501c3 non profit organization whose mission is that through animal rescue and animal welfare education, we will create an immediate change that has a lasting impact in the community.

Ruling year info

2013

Principal Officer

Christine Hetherly-Thigpen

Main address

22 Lakeside DR

San Antonio, TX 78248 USA

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EIN

46-1434401

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

PAWS Presents: Camp Humane

This is a program designed to teach students responsible pet ownership. We also discuss non bully breed discrimination and the importance of adopting instead of buying from breeders. One camp costs between $1300-1500 to host 60 students plus 15 counselors. The cost covers facility rental, printing materials, camp registration, breakfast and lunch, a camp t-shirt, materials for animal toys that are made and donated to the shelter and bus rental to and from the San Antonio Humane Society. One bus accommodates 45 campers, so two buses are required per PAWS camp.
We would like PAWS camp to become an ongoing program, held at least 4 times a year. Two camps would be for elementary schools and two would be for middle schools. Eventually we would like to expand the program to other districts. We plan to continue our partnership with the San Antonio Humane Society who has been presenting the curriculum portion of camp in addition to hosting tours of their facility. To enhance the program, we would like to be able to set up a day where students can actually witness the sterilization surgeries, work at adoption events and eventually take over the entire camp presentation. Peer teaching versus adult teaching has been shown to create greater psychological well-being, social competence, communication skills and self-esteem in kids.

Population(s) Served

Project STRaYE stands for:
S (Sterilization) -offering low cost/free spay and neutering services for the community.
T (Treatment) -treating homeless pets for illnesses, vaccinating and sterilizing them.
R (Rehoming) -finding forever homes for rescued animals.
a (and)
Y (Youth)
E (Education) -high school students creating and teaching responsible pet ownership curriculum to school children and partnering up with the San Antonio Humane Society to host educational day camps.

In order to achieve these goals, we would like to bring two SNAP clinics to the Harlandale campus and offer free sterilization services to the community. Harlandale and McCollum High School students will promote the event by distributing flyers during block walks and sending educational flyers home with report cards.

In addition to this, we would like to sponsor 2 PAWS Camps where the PAWS club at Harlandale High School would team up with the San Antonio Humane Society to facilitate a day camp in which students will learn about responsible pet ownership, make dog and cat toys to donate to shelters and tour the San Antonio Humane Society campus.

Finally, we would like to continue to rescue and rehome the stray cats and dogs that get dumped on or around the Harlandale district. It is important for us to make our neighborhoods safer and create pawsitive, happy endings for animals in need.

The overall theme of this project is to educate, sterilize and provide life saving services for animals in need. We strive to teach about the importance of spay/neuter/adoption and embed in students and the community at large that there is always something that can be done-if you can't adopt, foster. If you can't foster, volunteer. If you can't volunteer, donate. If you can't donate, spread the word, educate and be part of the solution.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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To educate: our community on the importance of spaying, neutering and adoption.
To promote: animal welfare education by teaching children early on to respect our pets by incorporating responsible pet ownership,
pet loyalty, and pet love.
To provide free or low cost spay/neuter services.
To create: pawsitive, happy endings for the homeless pet population of San Antonio through animal rescue. We want to decrease
shelter intake and save lives!

Networking- We try and assist as many rescues in the community as we can either through donations, volunteering or sharing their animals in need.

Partnerships-We have teamed up with the San Antonio Humane Society to hold two PAWS Presents: Camp Humane every year. This is one of ways to educate the community.

Be Accessible-We try to attend events, like the Cultural Arts Fair, so that way we have a presence in the community.

Sponsorships- Currently we are working with Equisite Properties to build an ongoing marketing program to help animal lovers support P.A.W.S

Studies show that companion animals have a beneficial impact on people's health. Enabling an underserved segment of our population easier access to spay/neuter services or information on vaccination clinics will enable their pets to live longer, healthier lives. This will have a positive effect on the owner's own well being.

Everyone in San Antonio is affected by animal overpopulation. Millions of tax dollars are spent annually to care for or euthanize unwanted pets. Not only are we spending money, but the health and safety of our communities is another concern. The greater the population of unwanted animals, the greater the incidence of rabies, dog bites, cat scratches, traffic accidents, and animal abuse. The education we can provide targets the children. We may not be able to change adult attitudes right away, but we can plant seeds of change for the future. Once the community's attitude changes and the amount of strays decrease, neighborhoods will be safer places to walk.

Protecting Animals Within San Antonio is unique because we began as a simple high school extracurricular club and have expanded to become a successful non profit organization. But what really sets us apart is that we combine animal welfare education with animal rescue. We know that rescuing and rehoming strays is just putting a bandaid on the problem. The solution has to be a mindset change and must start with the children.To that extent, the San Antonio Humane Society provides similar services in that they rescue and rehome animals and they have an education coordinator that puts on educational day camps. But where PAWS stands above is that we can leverage high school students to create the curriculum and teach it to the younger kids on a consistent, continuing education basis versus a one day camp. Engaging in cooperative learning/peer education versus having adults come in to teach the kids enhances the value of student-student interaction and results in various advantageous learning outcomes.

2017
To date- 39 animals
(27 dogs, 18 cats)
-3 transported dogs
((I think I'm missing some animals though)
* over 383 free spay/neuter surgeries
PAWS Camp: 55 students

2016
129 animals
(73 dogs, 56 cats (may not be that high)
-42 dogs transported
* over 340 free spay/neuter surgeries

2015
Intake: 198 dogs and cats
PAWS Camp 60 students

2014
Intake: 171 dogs and cats
PAWS camp 60 students

2013
Intake: 70 dogs and cats
PAWS Camp 75 students

2012
Intake: 65 dogs and cats
PAWS Camp-75 students

2011
P.A.W.S. Club wins $20,000 Silver and Black Gives Back Team UP Challenge Winner
* Over 162 free spay/neuter surgeries
Nominated for the United Way Mayor's Award for Youth

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PROTECTING ANIMALS WITHIN SAN ANTONIO

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Chris Lewis

Nicole Davis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No