Thanks for your interest in Project for Paws. If you have any questions about our mission, our mascots or rescue animals, please read on and I hope you find your answer!

What is Project for Paws?
Project for Paws is a charity that send collars to shelter animals throughout the country (the United States of America). We also raise money for local rescues and shelters and educate people about how great rescue dogs can be.

Who is Bigby?
Bigby is our  8-year-old (as of July 22nd!) (Rat and Pitbull) Terrier/Beagle mix. We adopted him from Heartland Animal Shelter in Northbrook, IL. He loves to be crazy, play fetch, run, bark, eat fruit and veggies, sample dog cookies when I bake, and play hide-and-go-seek. Also, when he finally calms down, he's an Ultimate Crazy Snuggler! 

Who is Krypto?
Krypto is our 13-year-old (as of April 1st) Beagle/Sheltie mix. We adopted him from Adopt-a-Pet, IL, a Foster-Based rescue. Krypto loves to bark at squirrels, get belly rubs, toss around his rope toy and eat yogurt. He also loves to snuggle. He's our ultimate foster fail.

What is your mission?
 Project for Paw's mission is to educate people about homeless animals and to give shelter dogs and cats the second chances that they deserve. We sew collars (the main focus) that we send to shelter pets across the country. We also raise money and awareness about shelter animals. With the help of you, it's possible that the world can be rid of shelter animals. Project for Paws is truly changing the world one collar at a time. For more information please click here.

How does Project for Paws help shelters? 
Project for Paws helps shelters by raising money through collar sales (around the holidays), donations and more. But Project for Paws' biggest focus is the collar donating cycle. That doesn't actually help shelters, it helps shelter dogs! Dogs in shelters and rescues can be insecure, scared, nervous and high-strung. My dogs love their collars and get all antsy without them (maybe they're scared they don't look at handsome--they have some snazzy collars!). Collars make shelter dogs feel wanted and hopefully the attention they get when someone sees the collar will bring them a step closer to their forever homes! It's a win-win for everybody.

How can I help Project for Paws?
Starting November 28th (11/28/14) we will have the first Project for Paws online fundraiser. MAKE SURE to follow us by email for more info!

How many animals have you saved? 
You probably know that I love animals A LOT and I have sort of a knack for finding stray/injured/lost animals. I find lost dogs about twice a month and am hoping to start some totals of my monetary donations to shelters.

Why should I adopt a pet?
Too many dogs and cats end up in shelters due to several reasons. One is not enough people spay and neuter (read the next question for more info), people sometimes develop allergies, move, or have to give up their pet due to an illness. Luckily, many shelters are beginning to put out resources for people in order to keep their pet. Not only is surrendering an animal hard for the pet, it's hard for the family, too. It's not always the person's fault. Many animals from pet stores come from puppy mills or backyard breeders, which is never ever good to adopt from. Even if you want a specific, you don't even need to go to a breeder, many rescues have become breed specific, which is great for adopting a certain breed. Shelter animals deserve a second chance!

Why should I spay and neuter my pet? 
Studies show that neutered male dogs are actually more docile than unneutered male dogs. But, that's not the only reason. Unspayed female dogs can develop cancerous tumors in their mammary glands and unneutered dogs can get multiple cancers, too. Also, unfixed dogs and cats may run away to find a mate in the Spring and Summer when they're in heat. Although puppies and kittens are VERY adorable (I speak from experience, trust me!), there are simply way too many in the United States alone and all over the world, too. Spaying and neutering prevents unwanted puppies and kittens being euthanized in shelters throughout the country. Although no-kill shelters are amazing things and help the current pet overpopulation problem currently, spaying and neutering will help in the long-shot and keep your pet healthy, happy and safe.

Why should I help my shelter?
Shelters need your help because most are strictly donation-oriented and need your support to continue running. Shelters prevent homeless dogs and cats living on the streets, which is a dangerous and unpleasant life for domestic animals. Shelters also help with the overpopulation problem and give pets the second chances that they deserve. Without shelters, homeless and abused dogs and cats would have no sanctuary and continue their suffering. But, due to dedicated volunteers (and a few staff members), shelters can shine on the light on the amazing, forgiving creatures that shelter pets are.

What is coming in the future of Project for Paws?
Starting next Friday, (11/28/14) the Project for Paws first official online fundraiser will be launched! Follow by email to stay tuned! Hopefully, in the next 15 years or so, the first Project for Paws shelter will be opened. Please make sure to check our announcements and FAQs regularly to stay informed about the changes in the world that Project for Paws is making - and how you can help!