Presents for Paws was founded in 2008 to preempt shelter’s needs by collecting donations of food, blankets and many other supplies which allows Connecticut animal control officers to focus on the rescue and re-homing of homeless pets.

The annual drive begins after Thanksgiving and ends just prior to Christmas Day with drop off locations all over Connecticut.  After all the donations have been collected and sorted they are distributed to the shelters by volunteers.  The process doesn’t end there.  These shelters pay it forward by sharing their supplies with other area shelters that have even less man power to contact us, so our donations reach many more locations and comfort many more homeless animals than we will ever know.

Inspired by a very special East Haven Animal Shelter rescue Husky named Simba (a.k.a. Dirty Dog).  His tragic background led him to a safe haven in the form of an animal shelter where he found food, his first real bed, lots of attention, great care, and then his forever home!  Thanks to the incredible patience, follow through, and love of animals the animal control officers were able to rescue Simba from a very dreary existence and give him a chance at a life that he thrived in, and it started at age 13!  Learning about Simba’s experiences and also those that animal control officers face every day inspired this organization to form and take action….and we are just scraping the surface.

paw Holiday Drive

Donations not only warm and feed hundreds of shelter animals but they also support those who have dedicated their lives to finding forever homes for those homeless pets.

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paw Upcoming Events

Eat, paint, laugh, and so much more! We hope to see you at a future event soon or at the many other events organized throughout the state on behalf of our homeless pets.


paw Volunteer

We’d love to have your help, expertise, enthusiasm, and fur covered selves in any capacity.  This all happens because of our incredible community!

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