aka P.A.W.S.   |   San Antonio, TX   |
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EIN: 46-1434401


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.

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Principal Officer

Christine Hetherly-Thigpen

Main address

22 Lakeside DR

San Antonio, TX 78248 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Community service for youth

Population served info

Children and youth

Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

NTEE code info

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

Youth Community Service Clubs (O51)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

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

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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To educate: our community on the importance of spaying, neutering and adoption. \r\nTo promote: animal welfare education by teaching children early on to respect our pets by incorporating responsible pet ownership, \r\n pet loyalty, and pet love. \r\nTo provide free or low cost spay/neuter services. \r\nTo create: pawsitive, happy endings for the homeless pet population of San Antonio through animal rescue. We want to decrease \r\n 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.\r\n\r\nPartnerships-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.\r\n\r\nBe Accessible-We try to attend events, like the Cultural Arts Fair, so that way we have a presence in the community. \r\n\r\nSponsorships- 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. \r\n\r\nEveryone 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.\r\n\r\nProtecting 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 \r\nTo date- 39 animals\r\n(27 dogs, 18 cats)\r\n-3 transported dogs\r\n((I think I'm missing some animals though)\r\n* over 383 free spay/neuter surgeries \r\nPAWS Camp: 55 students\r\n\r\n2016\r\n129 animals\r\n(73 dogs, 56 cats (may not be that high)\r\n-42 dogs transported \r\n* over 340 free spay/neuter surgeries\r\n\r\n2015\r\nIntake: 198 dogs and cats\r\nPAWS Camp 60 students\r\n\r\n2014\r\nIntake: 171 dogs and cats\r\nPAWS camp 60 students\r\n\r\n2013\r\nIntake: 70 dogs and cats\r\nPAWS Camp 75 students\r\n\r\n2012\r\nIntake: 65 dogs and cats\r\nPAWS Camp-75 students\r\n\r\n2011 \r\nP.A.W.S. Club wins $20,000 Silver and Black Gives Back Team UP Challenge Winner\r\n* Over 162 free spay/neuter surgeries\r\nNominated for the United Way Mayor's Award for Youth



Financial data

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: 2014

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Contributions, Grants, Gifts $24,000
Program Services $0
Membership Dues $0
Special Events $890
Other Revenue $0
Total Revenue $25,440
Program Services $7,201
Administration $0
Fundraising $0
Payments to Affiliates $500
Other Expenses $0
Total Expenses $28,851


Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: 2014

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Total Assets $2,437
Total Liabilities $25,343
Fund balance (EOY)
Net Assets $22,907


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Principal Officer

Christine Hetherly-Thigpen

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Board of directors
as of 02/16/2023
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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