​Rocky is an 8 year old brown lab. Rocky's first owner moved to Mexico and left him with his roommate. Then the roommate died. Rocky was covered in ticks and is heartworm positive. He was treated on March 16th 2021.

Rocky was adopted and now loves sun bathing and rolling in the grass.


Tysun was found on the Eastside of San Antonio aimlessly walking around in July 2020. The finders asked for help.

Tysun was estimated to be 9-12 years old. He was fairly blind and deaf and was heartworm positive. Now, Tysun has been adopted and lives in Minnesota.

Diesel and Charlie need fosters! They have both been in boarding for a year.


Buddy has been in foster care for over 730 days. Buddy is fully vetted, crate trained and house trained.

Buddy is great with indoor cats and most dogs, but he is very shy at first and needs patience and lots of treats to warm up. Once he does, you are his bested bud.

Protecting Animals Within San Antonio (P.A.W.S.)

is a foster-based, 501(c)(3) non-profit animal rescue.

We are not a shelter and are 100% volunteer only. We do not have a facility.

As of January 2024, our intake is closed. We can not take any strays or owner surrenders because we do not have fosters.
**​Meet and greets need to be scheduled with pet foster after an application is submitted.


2024 intake is being done on a case by case basis due to limited, available fosters.

If you need to surrender an animal, contact the SA Humane Society or Austin Pets Alive to schedule an appointment. You can also check Next Door and the Facebook page SOS Save Our Strays for connecting with an owner or rescue. 

If you have found an injured or lost animal, contact a nearby vet and have the animal scanned for a chip, and have the veterinarian call 311 for pick up by Animal Care Services. Please note that ACS is a kill shelter and any animals received or owner surrendered can be euthanized right away. 


​Kira and Athena were in foster care for quite a while because they were not as social and friendly with people. However, they hit the jackpot when not only did their foster's boyfriend adopt one, but BOTH!


Dante was found in San Antonio February 9, 2023 when he followed a child home. Follow his story via Instagram on WELOVECuddly.

Dante is currently in foster care in Boerne recovering from severe malnutrition and neglect. He has moments of paralyzed fear and shakes. He will be available for adoption late this summer once he is neutered and has gained some confidence. Dante is around 2 years old and weighs 33 pounds. He is labeled as a Xolo mix.

​P.A.W.S. is run solely based on donations, corporate sponsors, and grants. All donations are tax-deductible.

Donations can be made if you click on our donation tab, Amazon Smile, or donate via PayPal: PayPal.Me/9114PAWS

Our Tax Exemption ID: 46-1434401

​​​​P.A.W.S. is unique because we have been the ONLY foster-based rescue in Texas that saves animals, sponsors student groups AND teaches animal welfare education.

We present the youth in San Antonio with an opportunity to be a part of something where they can make an immediate difference.At Harlandale High School, we sponsor the P.A.W.S. Club. These students choose which shelter animals to save and become a part of their rescue story. Students assist during spay/neuter events and help teach our humane education curriculum to elementary/middle schools and through this, the community learns about responsible pet ownership and how to prevent cruelty to animals.

To date, P.A.W.S. has rescued over 800 dogs and cats.We have sponsored over 1500 free spay/neuter surgeries to the public at large by hosting mobile clinics through SNIPSA. We have provided over 400 spay/neuter surgeries, eye enucleations, and amputations for community-owned pets in need.

Over 300 students have participated in and been educated about animal cruelty and its prevention during our P.A.W.S. camps which were postponed when COVID hit.Every year we try to add new components to our curriculum. For example, in 2017, P.A.W.S. camp offered students the opportunity to work with certified CCPDT dog trainers to learn the tricks of the trade.