PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

A Small Shelter Doing BIG Things

aka PAWS Shelter and Humane Society   |   Dripping Springs, TX   |

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PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

EIN: 74-2421563


PAWS Shelter of Central Texas (PAWS) was founded in Kyle, Texas in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization providing care and love to homeless, abandoned, and abused animals. We are a no-kill shelter that believes in second chances! At PAWS, pets are given medical attention, care, and love for as long it takes for us to find them a loving home.

While the challenges are great, with the help of your donations and grants, we make a difference in how our four-legged friends are treated and, ultimately, make the world a more humane place for all.

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Director of Operations

Leslie Hutson

Main address

Po Box 695

Dripping Springs, TX 78620 USA

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Subject area info

Animal welfare

Population served info



NTEE code info

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

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We work to solve the pet overpopulation problem. Additionally, we work to educate the public on how to be responsible pet owners. This, in turn, helps to reduce the number of homeless pets. As of 2018, we have put our focus on moving Hays County to a No Kill Community. We are working to assist the municipal shelter and are working with City and County leaders to move the kill rate from 47% down to 10% of less. We have implemented new and proven programs to help the community with this lofty goal. We are building a new shelter in Dripping Springs that will impact these numbers within 90 days of opening.

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?

A Paw Up

A Paw Up was implemented to help those pets that need added help in getting adopted or staying in adoptive homes due to behavioral issues.

The program focuses on pets that have been returned for behavioral reasons, like separation anxiety or re-activity, present poorly in a shelter environment, or have know behaviors that may pose challenging to a new adopter.

Our goal is to set-up our pets for success and keep pets in homes.

Population(s) Served

Cell Dog is a partnership between PAWS Shelter of Central Texas and the Kyle Correctional Center where 8-10 dogs live and train with inmates for an 8 week period.

The dogs learn desired behaviors to make them more adoptable and to keep them in their adoptive homes, while inmates are rehabilitated and learn to be responsible and disciplined.

This program not only focuses on our canine friends, but also the human component.

Population(s) Served

PAWS Pantry was started to help those who have found themselves unable to care for their pets. The goal is to help keep pets out of shelters due to unexpected financial hardship.

Population(s) Served

We provide shelter, love and care for homeless animals while searching for adoptive homes. Potential adopters can visit either or both our Kyle and/or Dripping Springs shelters, as well as Off-Site Adoption locations at Petco, PetSmart, or every weekend at different local businesses. Adopters can also view our pets online where they can then apply for adoption.

Population(s) Served

Our Volunteer Program consists of over 1000 people who volunteer their time to assist us in many ways. Some volunteers come and walk dogs and cuddle with our cats. Other volunteers work fundraising events or at the Village Store which converts hours to dollars for PAWS.
We have a formalized volunteer orientation and training program to ensure the safety and of both pets and people.

Our Foster Program consists of over 300 volunteers who like to help with fostering kittens, puppies or geriatric dogs and cats. Some do bottle feeding and weening programs for puppies and kittens and work on socializing them to better prepare them for adoptions. These young animals cannot live in the shelter as their immune systems are not developed and they are subject to disease. We could not save as many lives without this critical program, this is the life blood of the life saving efforts.

Population(s) Served

Our Foster Program consists of over 300 volunteers who like to help with fostering kittens, puppies or geriatric dogs and cats. Some do bottle feeding and weening programs for puppies and kittens and work on socializing them to better prepare them for adoptions. These young animals cannot live in the shelter as their immune systems are not developed and they are subject to disease. We could not save as many lives without this critical program, this is the life blood of the life saving efforts.

Population(s) Served

Our surgery suite was included in the new floor plan of the Dripping Springs Facility. Surgery Equipment was purchased with Grants and Donations. It began operations in August of 2019 and is now doing 140 to 200 surgeries per month. This now allows PAWS to save more lives as we were able to reduce our per animal adoption preparation costs. We also collaborate with other Hays County TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) feral cat programs and other rescue organizations.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

PAWS Shelter and Humane Societies goal is serve Central Texas in becoming a "No-Kill" community. Our goal is to incrementally decrease euthanasia at area municipal shelters through actively transferring pets and increasing our adoption rates by driving high volume adoptions. We are currently building a new facility in Dripping Springs which will directly impact the kill rates in Hays County. With this new facility we can double our capacity within 60 days.

We also are striving to develop new programs that decrease local shelter intake by keeping pets in homes and out of shelters, increasing retention rates of our adoptive pets and helping with the re-uniting of lost pets. We have implemented our PAW Up program to help decrease owner surrender and shelter returns. We have also shared and support this program through the San Marcos Animal Shelter.

We have a cell dog program at the Kyle Correctional facility that is a perfect example of increasing the human-animal bond. The offenders take on a dog for 10 weeks to train it and better prepare it for adoption. The dogs live in the cell with the offenders and complete weekly homework assignments and practice training techniques to prepare their dog for graduation. They also complete training for the Canine Good Citizen American Kennel Club association which prepares them for the official testing with their new adopters.

We have implemented several programs to help with pet retention in homes and are developing others to help with accidental litters and pet identification.

We have started conducting community micro-chipping events to increase the number of lost pets being able to be re-united with their families immediately instead of flooding the current shelter system.

Opening the new shelter facility by Feb 2018.

Eventually offering low cost- spay and neutering through on on site surgery center that will be located in our new facility.

We have received grant funding from the Best Friend's Network and Petco Foundation to begin implementing our current programming. Best Friend's Network has been an active partner with us in helping fund and develop new programs to increase lives saved. We are in partnership with the Hays County municipal animal shelter, Kyle Correctional Facility and local neighborhood committees to continue/begin these programs.

Grant funding is continually been searched out to by our ED and our Volunteer coordinator to increase funding to implement new life saving programs.

We have increased our intake from the county shelter by 20% since June 2018, taking in over 225 animals. Our goal is to take in 800 animals between July 2018 thru June 2019. This would in turn reflect an decrease in municipal agencies euthanasia. We have also decreased the county animal intakes through our PAW Up program by another 35 dogs since Sept 2018.

We have already increased our intake of those most at risk of euthanasia, under-age kittens and puppies in 2018 by 200% by increasing our foster program to house more kittens and puppies. We have grow our foster program from 85 to over 200 foster families since 2017.

How we listen

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PAWS Shelter of Central Texas
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 44.56 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 11.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2021 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of PAWS Shelter of Central Texas’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$21,700 $98,578 $70,793 $14,521 $1,200,769
As % of expenses -4.2% 15.2% 9.7% 1.9% 144.1%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$42,021 $63,763 $26,101 -$56,843 $1,132,373
As % of expenses -7.9% 9.4% 3.4% -6.6% 125.6%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,405,955 $1,144,648 $790,698 $815,114 $2,187,054
Total revenue, % change over prior year 202.4% -18.6% -30.9% 3.1% 168.3%
Program services revenue 9.3% 14.1% 23.5% 28.3% 13.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 2.9% 0.6% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 4.6%
All other grants and contributions 87.7% 85.3% 75.8% 71.7% 81.6%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $513,705 $646,459 $731,489 $784,557 $833,465
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 25.8% 13.2% 7.3% 6.2%
Personnel 64.9% 60.2% 70.1% 71.0% 72.5%
Professional fees 1.3% 1.9% 1.2% 3.4% 0.9%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 1.4% 1.5% 1.1%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 33.7% 37.9% 27.3% 24.1% 25.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total expenses (after depreciation) $534,026 $681,274 $776,181 $855,921 $901,861
One month of savings $42,809 $53,872 $60,957 $65,380 $69,455
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $245,000
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $2,001,786 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $576,835 $735,146 $2,838,924 $921,301 $1,216,316

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Months of cash 16.3 4.2 1.9 1.7 17.0
Months of cash and investments 16.3 4.2 1.9 1.7 17.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.6 2.7 -29.3 -27.7 -9.2
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Cash $699,773 $226,231 $113,011 $112,908 $1,179,598
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $1,551 $200
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $780,872 $804,237 $2,806,023 $2,844,273 $2,875,650
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 39.8% 42.9% 13.9% 16.2% 18.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.8% 5.6% 10.4% 10.6% 0.2%
Unrestricted net assets $538,354 $602,117 $628,218 $571,375 $1,703,748
Temporarily restricted net assets $1,259,363 $1,658,974 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,259,363 $1,658,974 $1,646,859 $1,662,895 $1,815,715
Total net assets $1,797,717 $2,261,091 $2,275,077 $2,234,270 $3,519,463

Key data checks

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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Director of Operations

Leslie Hutson

Leslie worked in the TV news industry for 12 years before changing her career path to the non-profit world. She worked for Special Olympics Texas for 17 years in a number of different positions, but spent the majority of her time as the Director of Competition & Games. After leaving SOTX, Leslie went to work for Stay ‘N Play Pet Ranch in Dripping Springs. She has always had a love for animals, but it was at SNP that she began to understand animal behavior and the workings of the pet industry. While working for Stay ‘N Play, she began volunteering for PAWS and eventually got involved in the weekly surgery days working in the recovery room. She became a member of the PAWS Board of Directors and eventually transitioned to a full-time employee as Director of Operations in 2022.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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PAWS Shelter of Central Texas

Board of directors
as of 07/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Jill Parsons

Board President

Term: 2022 - 2024

Leslie Hutson

Director of Operations

Greg Sabatini


Jill Parsons


David Vandelinder


Sharon Swan

Vice President

Charlotte Biggs


Susan Burton


Jorge Valdespino


Jarett Janik


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/12/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person with a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/12/2023

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.