Por que PAW Mission?


Me preguntaron el otro día: “¿Por qué demonios querrías comenzar tu propia organización sin fines de lucro? Los dolores de cabeza, la política, el drama, ¿por qué? Hice una pausa después de que me preguntaron eso, porque creo que nunca lo había pensado de esa manera.

Mientras crecíamos, teníamos muchos animales. Siempre tuvimos al menos 5 perros, algunos gatos y algunas aves. Pero mientras crecíamos, tampoco teníamos mucho dinero. Mi abuela, ella era la matriarca de nuestra familia, y siempre encontraba perros en la calle que los traían a casa, los trataba si estaban enfermos y, a veces, se los quedaban. Esta mujer salvaba, 20 perros al año, y en los años más pesados ​​hasta 35 perros. Mi abuela solo tuvo una educación de sexto grado y, sin embargo, pudo criar sola a sus cuatro hijos, trabajar a tiempo completo, dirigir su propia pequeña empresa y rescatar animales. Apenas podía llegar a fin de mes, apenas podía juntar suficiente dinero para alimentar a sus hijos, y mucho menos a los animales, pero siempre encontró un camino.

Mucho de lo que me ha formado ahora comenzó con mi abuela, Mary. Esa mujer fuerte, audaz y tenaz, que construyó mi familia. Le ayudaba cada día a alimentar, caminar, bañar y jugar con todos los animales. Cuando empecé a traer animales a casa, ella me mostró lo que tenía que hacer. Mi primera temporada de gatitos fue cuando tenía 11 años. Vivíamos en el sur de Los Ángeles, y encontramos 6 camadas de gatitos diferentes, mi abuela nos mostró a mi hermana y a mí cómo alimentar con biberón, y criamos más de 25 gatitos en esa temporada.

En aquel entonces no sabíamos sobre la esterilización. En ese entonces, no teníamos los recursos ni la información sobre esterilización / castración, la importancia de las vacunas, los microchips o los servicios de bienestar. Amábamos a nuestras mascotas, pero solo podíamos hacer muy poco.

Pienso en mi abuela y en lo que diría sobre lo que hacemos. Uno de los dichos que siempre nos diría, su lema en la vida. Ella diría, “mijita, te debe gustar porque no estás haciendo nada al respecto. Si no te gustara, lo cambiarías. Si no te gustara, harías cualquier cosa para cambiarlo.”

Comencé PAW Mission, porque creo que las personas que sufren financieramente son tan buenos padres de mascotas, igual como las personas sin problemas financieros. Creo que la vida de cada animal vale amor, respeto y dignidad. Creo que podemos hacer que los recursos sean más accesibles para las personas y proporcionar información sin juzgar. Creo que la gente en general hará bien por sus mascotas si se les da la capacidad y los recursos.

Sabemos que hay refugios que siguen matando animales por espacio. Sabemos que hay camadas accidentales de perros y gatos que nacen. Sabemos que hay una familia que piensa renunciar sus queridas mascotas porque no pueden pagar las necesidades básicas, pero no pueden soportar verlos entrar al refugio. Lo sabemos. Nosotros lo vemos.

No nos gusta.

Así que estamos haciendo algo al respecto.

PAW Mission, estamos aquí por ellos.


Why PAW Mission?



I was asked the other day, “Why on earth would you want to start your own nonprofit. The headaches, the politics, the drama, just, why?” I paused after I was asked that, because I guess I never really thought about it that way. 

While growing up, we had tons of animals. Always had at least 5 dogs, a few cats, and a few birds. But while growing up, we also didn’t have a lot of money. My grandmother, she was the matriarch of our family, and she always found dogs on the street brought them home, treated them if they were sick, and sometimes kept them. This woman, saved on the low end, 20 dogs a year, and on the heavier years up to 35 dogs. My grandmother only had a 6th grade education, and yet, she was able to raise her four kids on her own, work full time, run her own small business, and rescue animals. She barely made ends meet, barely was able to scrape enough money together to feed her kids, let alone the animals, but she always found a way.

A lot of what has shaped me now began with my grandmother, Mary. That strong, bold, and tenacious woman that built my family. I would help her every day, feed, walk, bathe, and play with all the animals. When I first started bringing animals home, she showed me what I needed to do. My first kitten season, was when I was 11. We lived in South Los Ángeles 90011, and we found 6 different kitten litters, my grandmother showed my sister and I how to bottle feed, and we raised over 25 kittens that season.

Back then we didn’t know about spay or neuter. Back then, we didn’t have the resources or the information on spay/neuter, the importance of vaccines, microchips, or wellness services. We loved our pets, but we only could do so much.

I think often about my grandmother, and what she would say about what we do. One of the saying she always would tell us, her motto in life. She would say, “mijita, you must like it because your aren’t doing anything about it.  If you didn’t like it, you would change it.  If you didn’t like it, you would do anything to change it.”

I started PAW Mission, because I do believe that people who struggle financially are just as great pet parents as people without financial issues. I believe every animal’s life is worth love, respect, and dignity. I believe we can make resources more accessible to people, and provide information without judgement. I believe people as a whole will do right by their pets if given the ability and the resources. 

We know there are shelters still killing animals for space. We know there are accidental litters of dogs and cats being born. We know there is a family thinking about giving up these beloved pet because they cannot afford basic needs, but cannot bear to see it go into the shelter. We know it. We see it.

We don’t like it.

So we are doing something about it.

PAW Mission, we are here for them.


Meet our K pups!

Everyone is ~ 7-8 weeks now, and they are almost ready to go to their new forever homes! Kiwi, Kong, Kahlua, King, Kona, and Kai are all super sweet pups! We have been working on crate training/potty training, and are pretty good, about 80% accurate! You can come and meet them next Friday @petsmart2179, but […]

Poor Albert

We pulled Albert from San Bernardino City Animal Shelter knowing he was hit by a car sometime before the 9th of this month. We rushed him over to Nordhoff Veterinary Hospital, and he got treatment right away. He has a fractured pelvis and actually had maggots covering his wounds. We were able to get him on […]

PAWS for a Difference

Paws for A Difference, a program offered by PAW Mission, will partner with California’s Youth Camps and select up to 24 youth and 12 at-risk shelter dogs for each program cycle. Over the course of 12 weeks, youth will complete very challenging blocks of course work which involve weekly homework assignments and goals. Program Goals: […]

Rodent Ranger Cat Team Program

When PAW Mission rescues unsocialized or feral cats from the shelter, sometimes we have to consider non-traditional adoption placement. PAW Mission believes these kitties don’t deserve to die simply because they can’t go into a typical home environment. We recognize that they deserve shelter, access to food and water, and the stimulation of “critter hunting” […]

Dog socializing

Socialization is super important! If your dog is a little fearful at first, start with baby steps and give your pup small victories! Each positive experience helps build their confidence and gives them the ability to be comfortable doing more! #babysteps #dogsocialization #smallvictories #buildconfidence #adoptdontshop #fosteringsaveslives #thePAWmission #comingsoon #wearehereforthem #hereforthem