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.


2022-2023 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 can be euthanized right away. 

​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

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.
**​Meet and greets need to be scheduled with pet foster after an application is submitted.

​​​​P.A.W.S. is unique because we are 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.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. P.A.W.S. Camp has been on hold due to COVID concerns.