Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS), a nonprofit that provides for the needs of companion animals for low-income senior citizens, and persons with disabling illnesses will soon be operating out of the Mission District.

“A lot of our clients live in the Mission area so we’re really excited to be closer to them,” says John Lipp, President and CEO of PAWS. The new location is located at 23rd and Shotwell.

Currently serving about 800 clients, PAWS will be running a pet food bank where registered clients can pick up free pet food supplies on a monthly basis. There will also be an on-site dog washing station, nail trimming, and volunteer vets and vet techs on staff.

The plan, if everything goes smoothly, is to begin moving into the 7,400 sq. ft. space they bought last December on November 20th. They’ll be spending the week of Thanksgiving unpacking and setting up computers and hope to be up and running by Monday, November 29th. An official Grand Opening event is being planned for sometime in January.

With 12 employees, PAWS relies heavily on volunteers. The almost 500 volunteers at PAWS do things like walk dogs, foster animals, and make deliveries. According to Lipp, more volunteers would be very welcome.  Anyone interested in volunteering can download an application online at Help them move in!

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