Mission Statement

PAWS aims to create a more just and equitable relationship between humans and animals in Pakistan. We recognize that humans have a responsibility towards their environment and fellow species and aim to preserve and protect animal populations; their integrity, diversity, welfare and wellbeing. We also believe that the natural environment is a shared heritage for humankind and seek to create, promote and preserve ecologically sustainable relationships globally.

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Frequently asked questions

About us

PAWS was founded in 2004 by filmmakers Maheen Zia and Mahera Omar. The idea came about upon hearing reports of stray dogs being shot and poisoned by the local city government in Karachi. The strategy of catch, neuter, release was suggested as an effective and humane method of stray dog management and rabies control. Since then, PAWS has been creating awareness about this method and is encouraging the local government to adopt this approach.

In 2008, PAWS was officially registered in Pakistan as a non-profit company under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984. Our accounts are audited annually by chartered accountants Salman & Co.

What work does PAWS do?

PAWS does not have an office, shelter or clinic of its own yet. Through nearly 16,000 fans on our facebook page, we provide guidance and advice on animal care and help find homes for animals up for adoption.

After the floods of 2010 and 2011, in which livestock perished by the millions, we began a campaign to replace farmers’ lost livestock so that they could regain their livelihoods. We also provided veterinary treatment and medicines to flood affected animals in Sindh.

What are your plans for the future?

PAWS is now working to set up a mobile clinic to provide on-location veterinary treatment to animals in need.

How can I donate to PAWS?

PAWS relies on the generosity of animal lovers like you to help animals in need.
Donation information is up here:http://pawspakistan.org/donate/

We don’t have a PayPal account yet.

How can I contact you?

Please visit http://www.pawspakistan.org/contact

If you’d like to visit, please send us an email at info@pawspakistan.org to arrange a meeting with the co-founders in Karachi.

How do I become a volunteer?

Please visit http://www.pawspakistan.org/volunteer to see ways in which you can help.

How can I become a member of PAWS?

You may join our Facebook page to connect with animal lovers for regular updates about how you can help.


Do you have any animals up for adoption?

We are always looking for homes for rescued animals. Please visit our Facebook page for adoption posts by us as well as others.

If you adopt from PAWS, an adoption agreement needs to be signed. And while there is no adoption fee, a donation of any amount would be welcome.

There is a very badly injured animal on my street. Can you send someone to pick it up?

We are currently not able to provide animal rescue and housing services.

There is a stray dog with puppies on my street. I feed them sometimes, but the neighbours don’t like them and it’s only a matter of time before the housing society poisons or shoots them. Can you take them to your shelter?

We do not have a shelter and so do not have any place to house rescued animals. Please contact a veterinarian if any of them needs medical help. There are so many animals in a similar situation throughout our cities. We are encouraging the local city government in Karachi to adopt a humane method of dealing with the stray dog population and spay/neuter them instead of inhumanely killing them. Unfortunately, till the time that such a strategy is implemented, there is little else we can do to help.

You can take photographs of the pups and try to find homes for them. Do post the photos on our Facebook page and we’ll do our best to help spread the word.

You can also contact other NGOs or private veterinarians if they would be willing to rescue and house the dogs. If they have the space and are willing to help, it would change the pups’ lives. However, do keep in mind that adoption may take a long time.

I am heading out of town for a couple of days and need to house my cat/dog somewhere till I’m back. What are my options?

The best option may be to ask a friend or family member to look after your pet while you are gone. Or, contact a private veterinary clinic and ask them if they offer boarding services. We don’t yet know of any particular boarding facilities in Pakistan.

I have a few tortoises/other wildlife that I’d like to give away. Who do I contact?

Contact the WWF, IUCN or the wildlife department in your province for advice and guidance before you make a decision. A list is up on our website: