Parker Paws is a foster-based, all-volunteer, non-profit 501©3 organization with a mission to reduce shelter overcrowding and pet overpopulation through rescue, foster, adoption, and our Community OutReach Program offering low-cost services.
Parker Paws was founded in 2007 by Barbara Pursley as a shelter volunteer group. In 2012, we went out on our own as an independent animal rescue to expand our ability to save more lives across North Texas. We take in homeless, abandoned animals from overcrowded shelters and owner surrenders and place them in loving foster homes, with nurturing and training until they are adopted into their forever homes. Our foster pets are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped prior to adoption. We pride ourselves in adopting out fully vetted, family friendly pets who do well in diverse homes. Our primary intake focus is owner surrenders to offer the community an alternative to the shelter and helping to reduce shelter overcrowding. Our intake is limited by available resources – funds and foster homes. Parker Paws is a foster-based rescue; we do not have a facility, and we are not a shelter. All of our foster pets are kept in homes with families, and, in many cases, other pets. We provide our foster homes with all supplies and ensure our foster pets receive appropriate medical care prior to adoption. Many pets only need the basics, e.g., age-appropriate vetting, including wormer, vaccines (including rabies), microchip, spay/neuter and start them on heartworm and flea prevention. Others come to us injured and in need of major medical care. Realizing that rescue is just a band-aid, we have expanded our services to include community outreach programs to help reduce shelter overcrowding and companion pet overpopulation. We partner with area vet clinics to offer low-cost microchip clinics to help reunite pets with owners more quickly and reduce shelter overcrowding. We also have a Spay Neuter Incentive Program (SNIP) offering low-cost/no-cost spay/neuters through our vet clinic partners to pet owners to help reduce the companion pet overpopulation in North Texas. We rely on generous donations from local businesses and the community to support our lifesaving mission. All donations support our rescue. We are an all-volunteer group that shares a passion for rescue!
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