P.A.W.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization. All donations are tax-deductible. Our tax ID number is 46-1434401.

​​Through animal rescue and animal welfare education, we will create an immediate change that has a lasting impact in the community.

Our History

Protecting Animals Within San Antonio (P.A.W.S.) began in 2009 as the P.A.W.S. club at Harlandale High School teaching responsible pet ownership to the students and families of the HISD district. The club would occasionally rescue and rehome animals that showed up on the HHS campus. In 2012, P.A.W.S rescue separated to become a 501(c)(3) non-profit in order to establish an animal rescue branch, since the animal intake was greater than the P.A.W.S. club could financially support.

Our Goals

our community on the importance of  spaying, neutering and adoption.

animal welfare education by teaching children early on to respect our pets by incorporating responsible pet ownership, pet loyalty, and pet love.

free or low cost spay/neuter services.

PAWSitive, happy endings for the homeless pet population of San Antonio through animal rescue.

​Why We Do It

Research shows that low-income, at-risk communities higher levels of violence and homeless animals than any other areas in the city. 

According to national studies, more than 80 % of family members being treated for child abuse also had abused animals. People who are violent to animals rarely stop there.

In 2/3 of these cases, an abusive parent had killed or injured a pet. In one-third of the cases, a child victim continued the cycle of violence by abusing a pet. 

We are committed to creating a ripple effect in the community in hopes that through ANIMAL RESCUE and ANIMAL WELFARE EDUCATION a positive change will occur, with a decrease in human violence, animal cruelty, and ACS shelter intake.

Our Numbers


​- Intake: 198 Dogs/Puppies, Cats/Kittens​


- Intake: 171 animals

- P.A.W.S. Fall Camp: 60 students​


- Intake: 60+ animals
- P.A.W.S. Fall Camp: 75 students


- Intake: 65 animals
- P.A.W.S. Fall Camp: 75 students


- P.A.W.S. Club at Harlandale HS wins the $20,000 Silver and Black Give Back Team Up Challenge
- Nominated for United Way Mayor's Award for Youth

Our Mission