Stories & Testimonials
Meet Our Clients
"Years of living on the street left me with a hardened heart – but Bella melted my heart. She broke me down… in a good way.”
Kevin L., 55, is a Veteran of the United States Air Force. His best friend and constant companion is a little black Chihuahua named Miss Bella. Kevin depends on her for companionship and the unconditional love that only a beloved emotional support animal can provide. She looks to him for shelter, food and affection.
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"I know they would be there for me no matter what, and I would do anything to protect them.”
Joe and his wife, Leslie, treat their two dogs, Drake and Lucy, like children. The couple, now in their 60’s, never had kids of their own, but their home has never been without love thanks to the affection they received from their often-misunderstood dogs.
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“She grabbed my arm (and my heart) and never let go”
When Sharyn was younger she was as a fashion designer. Now, in her late 60s and battling severe arthritis, Sharyn has begun to slow down a bit. But, never one to give up, she works hard to stay mobile. By her side is her constant companion, a service dog named Riley.
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"My animals are my family, and thanks to PAWS/LA, my family is healthy."
Elaine turned to PAWS/LA for help because taking care of “special needs” animals can be extremely challenging for seniors like her who struggle to pay for their own healthcare and necessities. But she loves her companion animals, and she made a commitment to keep them safe and to care for them as best she could.
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“Whenever life looks hopeless, my cat Ginger always lift my spirits no matter how upset or lonely I feel.”
For over 20 years, Tod has lived with the disease of HIV, and has recently battled cancer for over a year. But if you met him, you wouldn’t imagine this man’s life has been full of suffering and illness. About the most friendly and upbeat person you’ll ever meet, no one could ever guess all of the struggles Tod has successfully overcome. He believes the reason he keeps moving forward, and maintains a positive outlook, through all of life’s trials and tribulations is his cat, Ginger.
"The staff and volunteers of PAWS/LA are the most helpful, knowledgeable group around – and there isn’t anything they wouldn’t do to help a client."
Yolanda has been a client of PAWS/LA for about 7 years. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis some years ago, Yolanda has only recently begun showing symptoms, which has made life even more challenging for her. Yet, despite her health issues, Yolanda remains positive and enthusiastic. Her attitude is always upbeat and she refuses to allow anything to get her down. She believes in giving back to the community and to this end, she regularly bakes cakes, cookies and pies for her local Fire Department. Yolanda credits her cat, Mika, for bringing joy and laughter into her world. “Mika is a bruiser, and a total ladies man,” Yolanda says, “there isn’t a girl he doesn’t like.” And she credits PAWS/LA and their volunteers for enabling her to keep Mika with her.
To Yolanda, PAWS/LA was "a gift from Heaven." Instead of worrying about Mika while she was in rehabilitation, Yolanda was given glowing reports about Mika and how well he was doing. She knew that her most loved companion would be fine.
“Flash has helped keep me alive,
Flash, a Black Lab, became Bernard’s only family in 2001. Flash has shared good times and bad times with Bernard. Through it all, Flash has given Bernard the strength to continue fighting to regain his health — and because of the dedicated staff and volunteers of PAWS/LA, Bernard has been able to see that his dog is well-cared for. Flash developed health problems that Bernard could not have afforded to pay. PAWS/LA stepped in and provided financial assistance so that Flash received the treatments he needed.
"Thank you so much for helping me take care of Franklin! I'm grateful you have helped us add more years of our life together. Franklin is the world to me! I'm so happy that PAWS/LA could help me get his teeth, ears and paws trimmed. We thank you for your service."
-- Franklin and Ray
"Thanks to PAWS/LA for helping with our cat, Lotte. She's feeling better. You always come through."
-- Noel and Joe, West Hollywood
"Thanks for always answering my calls -- that's rare in LA. And for sending that positivity and authentic care. Miniaga is all good. Blessings always!"
-- Rodriguez Family
"Your help and support couldn't have come at a more needed time. Everything you did was welcomed and is much appreciated. For all the help these many years... Thank you!"
-- Vina and Scarlett
"Thank you for being there for us, and for everything you do. Your help and kindness is greatly appreciated."