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We host events of all kinds to bring the community together and have fun with our four-legged friends. See what's on our events calendar or scroll down to see details for some of our events.

NEWS

  • Featured Volunteer

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    Brianna Jacoboski & Anthony Chergosky

    Paws4ever volunteers for 2 years


    Brianna, who happens to be deaf, and her life partner Anthony exemplify the absolute best in family volunteering. As a couple, they inspire us, because they are a finely-tuned team using sign language to communicate with us all (humans AND felines!)

    The staff at Paws4ever really enjoys and respects these volunteers. Brianna especially exudes joyfulness and passion for the cats and their well-being. She is exceptionally intuitive, and quite brilliantly interprets our cats' needs and feelings. She signs her keen observations and impressions to Anthony, and he translates verbally to us. Anthony clearly loves Brianna dearly, and says that as a busy doctoral student he was "not even that into animals" until he was inspired to team up with Brianna to help the felines at Paws4ever.

    Anthony and Brianna have a synergy and a positive demeanor which is great for Paws4ever, and our staff say "when they are here, the energy in the building shifts and everything feels calmer". In part because she is deaf, Brianna can feel shy or overwhelmed and left out, and she reports that Anthony is a source of strength and encouragement to "get out there, get going, and take that chance to become more involved!" It is a remarkable partnership, and our felines truly benefit.

    Beyond being incredible people, Brianna and Anthony are amazing volunteers. They never turn away from a challenge - in fact, they both often seek the most challenging animals to work with. In cat-world, this requires exceptional patience, compassion, and empathy for our shy or traumatized cats and kittens. These special souls are often avoided or overlooked by volunteers, but these are the cats Brianna and Anthony work with the most. Brianna, with Anthony by her side, will "read" a troubled animal's behavior, and spend many patient hours rebuilding the cat's confidence and capacity for joy. Brianna and Anthony have brought MANY challenging rescued cats out of their fearful hiding places and transformed them into playful joyful beings who then get adopted! THIS COUPLE WORKS SOME CAT MAGIC!

    Brianna is uniquely tuned in to the fact that just because cats can't "speak" for themselves it doesn't mean they aren't tuned in to their caregivers. Brianna and Anthony really know how to listen, in the truest sense of the word, and we just love this couple for teaching us all how to listen with our hearts.


  • Our Pets Rely on Us

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    How will you plan for their care in an emergency?

    Make sure your furry friend is cared for if you have an emergency


    You love your pet and make sure she's well cared for. But what will happen to her if something happens to you?

    You're in a car accident or have a heart attack while at work. No one wants these things to happen, and let's face it, we don't even like to talk about it. But when we have pets, we need to make sure that we dot our i's and cross our t's to ensure their care no matter what unexpected emergencies life brings our way. To make sure your love bug receives the care he needs, follow these steps.


  • Kittens are coming!

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    Fostering saves lives!

    Partner with Paws4ever to foster a dog or cat (or entire litter of kittens!) and help us rescue more pets.

    Paws4ever works hard to rescue as many animals as possible, giving them love, care and the time they need to find a forever home. Each spring our partner shelters are inundated with kittens and look to us to help save them.

    Will you partner with us to save the lives of these little ones through fostering? Depending on their age at the time of rescue, most kittens are ready for adoption after a couple of months with us. Would you be willing to provide their care during that time?

    Do you have...
    A safe home where kittens can be separated from other pets?
    Time each day to provide basic care - feed, water, litter - and lots of snuggles and play
    Reliable transportation and time to shuttle kittens for required vaccines

    If so, please consider volunteering as a foster caregiver. Haven't worked with kittens before? No problem. We'll teach you everything you need to know.

    Interested in fostering?
    Learn more about fostering through Paws4ever with this video
    Submit a foster application form

    Once we review your application, we'll contact you to discuss next steps. We expect that kittens will need us beginning in April and throughout the summer. Sign up today to begin the application and training process so you'll be ready when the kittens arrive.

    We're always looking for dog and cat foster caregivers. If you're interested in fostering any pet with Paws4ever, please follow the steps above to get started. Questions? Contact foster@paws4ever.org.


  • Adoption Angels

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    Help our overlooked pets find their forever homes!

    Donate any amount to save a life today


    Each year Paws4ever hosts a handful of promotions to help our overlooked pets shine in the spotlight. During these promotions we offer significantly reduced adoption fees, allowing more animals to find homes sooner. Paws4ever Adoption Angels help make these adoptions happen!

    Become an Adoption Angel today by donating any amount toward the adoption fees of a Paws4ever animal. Your contribution will help offset the cost of our regular adoption fee, allowing us to continue to offer adoption discounts throughout the year.

    Just imagine the number of pets who will finally have a family to call their own because of an Adoption Angel. We couldn't do it without you!


  • Support Paws4ever when you shop

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    Consider buying your gifts from these businesses that support Paws4ever with every purchase

    Thank you for making your shopping dollars count for Paws4ever!


    You'll find gifts for your loved ones to treasure, and Paws4ever animals will receive the support they need to stay warm this holiday season.

    AmazonSmile
    When you shop at AmazonSmile, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Paws4ever. Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to Animal Protection Society of Orange County, Inc. DBA Paws4ever for every purchase you make. Bookmark the link and support us every time you shop.

    Gift Giving and Paws4aCause on Square Market
    On this site you'll find excellent gift giving ideas, all benefiting Paws4ever! In the Gift Giving section you'll find quality items your friends and family will love to receive. In the Paws4aCause section, find meaningful gifts to purchase for Paws4ever in honor of someone you love. Great gifting ideas for the person who has everything!

    Paws4ever ReSale Store
    The Paws4ever ReSale Store provides a variety of unique, high-quality merchandise for you and your pet. All proceeds support the Paws4ever mission.

    Manage My Dog
    Manage My Dog specializes in private, one on one training sessions with you and your dog using positive reinforcement and force free training techniques. Sign up today for sessions with Cathy Abney and she will donate 25% back to Paws4ever if you mention this email.

    Girl With 3 Dogs Photography
    Jerri Greenberg is passionate about animal rescue, and donates both time and money to help. Visit her website and see her beautiful work. She is available for weddings, portraits, pets and events. Let her know you are a supporter of Paws4ever and she will donate 10% back to us!

    Welcomed Distractions
    Alicia Tanner is an animal lover and artist. She will create an artistically rendered portrait that captures your pet and will give 10% back to Paws4ever at the same time! Give Alicia a call to discuss options and rates at 919.621.8844.

    Barking Cat Jewelry
    Looking for some unique jewelry gifts? Visit Barking Cat Jewelry to find beautiful jewelry, including the unique "Sleeps With Dogs" pendant. Paws4ever is an official Barking Cat Jewelry partner, meaning they will donate 20% of all purchases made from their line back to us. This includes the "Sleeps With Dogs" pendant, and other items for you and your pet. Make sure to write in Paws4ever when prompted during the check out process.

    Bark Box
    Have you figured out what to get your best friend? BarkBox packages are full of fun goodies like toys, bones, and more! Snag your dog a BarkBox subscription using our code (P4EBBX1), you'll get 10% off, and the BarkGood team will give us a $15 donation. If you purchase your subscription on GivingTuesday, we'll get a bonus BarkBox for our shelter dogs!

    Thank You for your support of Paws4ever!


  • Annual Report

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    2015 Report & Strategic Plan 2016-2021

    Thank you for supporting Paws4ever!


    Click "Find out More" below to read a short summary of the past year, what we have been able to accomplish with your help, and our goals for the future.

    We know there are many worthy organizations in our community to support and we thank you again for your commitment to Paws4ever!

    For questions about past or future donations, please contact support@paws4ever.org. Please also let us know if you would like a copy of our most recent Form 990.


  • Quick Training Tips

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    from Julie Jenkins

    Dog Training Manager


    Is your dog rowdy or hyper-active?
    Help your pet get the proper amount of exercise! Many behavior issues are rooted in boredom or under-stimulation. Walks are a good start, but a two-mile walk is just a warm-up for many dogs. Teach your dog to play fetch and play with him until he’s tired once a day. Dog parks are another option, offering the company and play benefits of other dogs. The Paws4ever Dog Park offers three acres of fenced, shaded land, accessible to members 365 days a year.

    Does your dog eat too quickly or guard his food bowl?
    Instead of serving dog food into a bowl, put a measured amount into a food dispensing puzzle toy, or better yet, use it as training treats! To improve your dog’s behavior in all aspects of life, incorporate training into every-day activities. Use your dog’s daily ration of food to train new behaviors or reinforce ones he already knows. Feeding by hand is also a great way to prevent food bowl aggression or rehabilitate dogs who display it. Using your dog’s regular food as training treats prevents potential gastric upset associated with richer treats as well. Food-dispensing puzzle toys such as a Kong or Busy Buddy, turn meal time into an interactive challenge. From a health perspective, eating slowly is preferable to eating fast. In addition, making meal time last a little longer and provide more stimulation gives your dog a chance to expend a bit more energy.

    Does your dog pull on the leash?
    Leash-walking can be a challenging skill for many dogs! A simple piece of equipment can make all the differences. Unlike collars or traditional harnesses that attach to a leash on the dog’s back, front-clip harnesses foster good communication, prevent choking, and put some control back in the hands of the owner without the use of pain. They are easy to take on and off and dogs acclimate to them very quickly. While no training is required to successfully use a front-clip harness, they do make training and any other on-leash activity with your dog easier.

    Could your dog use a refresher on obedience and manners?
    Enrolling in a group training class is a great way to build a better connection with your dog. At Paws4ever, our knowledgeable trainers will help improve the communication, attention and responsiveness of dogs and humans. Structured exercises and weekly homework will help you stay on track, and you can even take advantage of a trial-membership at our dog park for the duration of your class!

    For more information, click TRAIN above or contact Julie Jenkins to learn more about the classes currently offered that best suit your dog.


EVENTS

  • Events Calendar

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    What's happening at Paws4ever?

    Check out our events below!


    There's always something new at Paws4ever! We host events of all kinds to bring the community together and have fun with our four-legged friends. See what's on our events calendar or scroll down to see details for some of our events.


  • Spring Wallflowers

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    50% off adoption fees

    May 1 - 31


    Some animals are just less outgoing than others. These "wallflowers" often get overlooked in shelters and wait longer for their forever homes, even though they have lots of love to give!

    During the month of May, the adoption fees for our "wallflower" animals will be 50% OFF. Adopt a wallflower today and watch them bloom in a loving home!


  • Garden Party

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    At the Paws4ever ReSale Store

    Saturday, May 14

    More details TBA.



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