This page will address (hopefully) any questions you may have or set the record straight on things you "may have heard."
WHY DOESN'T PAWS ATTEND MORE EVENTS, EVEN IF SPONSORED BY OTHER OGANIZATIONS?
The main reasons why are as follows: (A) Many of these events require an 'entry' fee or a 'donation' in order to attend. Typically these fees can be anywhere from $30 to $300. As PAWS is a non-profit every penny must be spent to provide maximum benefit to the organization. As such, we cannot spend our resources on these events. (B) Events such as these require volunteers to man. Typically 3 to 5 members are required and this number must be maintained throughout the time of the event. (C) Supplies and other PAWS related materials must be picked up at corporate headquarters (for FL events) and must be returned within 24 to 48 hours.
Having stated all of the above, it would be nice to attend as many events as possible. If an individual feels there is an event that PAWS should attend, the above items need to be addressed beforehand. (A) Either the individual requesting attending the event is willing to pay the fee or has acquired a sponsor who is willing to pay the fee (B) The individual HAS procured sufficient members to properly staff the event and (C) Has someone that is willing to pick up PAWS materials and return them to corporate headquarters.
WHAT IS PAWS POSITION REGARDING ANIMAL ABUSE/CRUELTY?
PAWS was founded by Jennie, a tragically abused Great Dane. Therefore, our
position is quite simple - we will NEITHER support or endorse ANY animal
abuse/cruelty. Furthermore, if ANY member believes in or is found to have
committed any animal abuse/cruelty their membership will be revoked
CAN I SUPPORT PAWS BY MAKING A CASH DONATION?
YES you can. Simply click on the DONATE buttons located on the Main
page, the Contributions page or on the link below. Your donation will be greatly
WHY HASN'T THE PRESIDENT OF PAWS EVER VISITED OUR AREA SO WE CAN MEET HER?
The President and Founder of PAWS would L O V E to travel and meet with
every chapter and attend events outside of Florida however, it all goes back to
FUNDS. There simply are NOT enough funds to pay for all of the travel
expenses involved in making these trips.
ARE ANY OTHER ITEMS NEEDED BESIDES CASH?
YES, PAWS is always in need of postage stamps, Staples gift cards, used ink
cartridges which we submit for recycling, tyvek letter size envelopes and ID
card refills and printer ribbons. IF in doubt, call headquarters for an updated list.
IS PAWS A REGISTERED CHARITY WITH THE STATE OF FLORIDA?
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL
INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER
SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE 1-800-HELP-FLA OR ONLINE
AT www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com, REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY
ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE."
REGISTRATION #: CH38054
I REALLY DON'T LIKE OR USE EMAIL SO WHY CAN'T A NEWSLETTER OR OTHER PAWS CORRESPONDENCE JUST BE MAILED TO ME?
Without being repetitious it again boils down to FUNDS. Mailers, newsletters and
letters all eat up valuable monies that are allocated for other organization uses.
Welcome to the Official - Paws For Friendship Inc. - Website
DO WE CHARGE FOR OUR VISITS AND IF SO HOW MUCH DOES PAWS CHARGE?
PLEASE know, we do not charge for our visits, nor do we 'suggest' a donation before visiting any facility. IF you have been told 'we do' PLEASE contact us immediately. Thank you!
THERE ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE A PUSH FOR FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS - WHY?
PAWS is a non-profit organization and the PRIMARY means of support is through
our numerous fundraising efforts and the generosity of others thru donations.
FYI (For Your Information)
WHY ARE LOCAL MEETINGS HELD AT A MEETING PLACE FOR A WHILE THEN SUDDENLY THEY ARE CANCELLED OR MOVED?
In some instances the lack of membership participation prompts a particular
site being cancelled. In other cases those venues have decided they do not
want to host our events so we must look to relocate. Some are seasonal - no
awnings or shades for the babies is ok for certain times of the year and NOT ok
during other times.
IS PAWS A TAX EXEMPT ORGANIZATION?
Paws for Friendship Incorporated is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Corp.
I HAVE SUBMITTED PICTURES FOR THE WEBSITE AND NONE OF THEM EVER APPEAR - WHY?
Our volunteer 'webmaster' does his very best to put only the best pictures on the
website. Remember, our website can be seen by anyone in the world so we must
put our best foot forward. Typically though, a great majority of the pictures have
poor framing (leashes going out of frame, peoples arms and legs yet no body,
the back end of the 'baby' facing the camera and generally poor quality) to
mention just a few.
One of our Members will be happy to contact you within 24 hours. For urgent needs call us at: (866) 925-7297
HOW MUCH OF MY DUES AND DONATIONS IS GOING FOR SALARIES AND PENSIONS OF BOARD MEMBERS?
NONE - 0 - NADA!
WHY ALL THE FUSS ABOUT RETURNING THE ITEMS WE RECEIVED WHEN WE JOINED?
ALL of the items lent to you when you joined are COPYRIGHTED and belong to
PAWS. Imagine for a moment if a member did not renew and was walking
around their town with a PAWS vest on and the dog bit someone. It would be
"assumed" since the vest was on the dog that they were INDEED members and
quite possibly a lawsuit would not be far behind. In order to protect this
organization we MUST ensure ONLY active members are allowed access to our
materials. Thank you for understanding.