Mission of the Pad for Paws Foundation

Our motto says it all - “Keeping Pets and Their People Together.”

For most pet owners, their dog or cat is more than a pet. They are faithful companions who provide friendship, joy, and sometimes even a reason for living. Many of these pets are the only “family” our clients have.

Every day we receive calls from low-income pet owners in our community who are experiencing a temporary hardship such as unemployment, divorce, or a death in the family. They are struggling to feed both themselves and their beloved family pets or service/therapy animals.

When there’s a natural disaster such as a fire or a flood, social service agencies call us to assist the families affected.

Our Foundation is there to provide pet food and pet supplies, and emergency veterinary care to those in need.

We assist senior citizens, our nation’s veterans, those with service and therapy animals, physically and mentally challenged, and pet owners experiencing a disaster.

Without our help, hundreds of family pets would be turned in to local Animal Shelters because their owners wouldn’t be able to feed them. Our donation of food and services through our Paws Pantry Program keeps families together!

The Pad for Paws Foundation is 100% volunteer with no paid employees. All board members donate their time and talents to Pad for Paws. The good we accomplish is from the work of dedicated volunteers.

The Pad for Paws Foundation is an IRS 501(c)(3) charitable foundation dedicated to animal welfare. We are supported entirely by private contributions, grants, and fundraisers. All donations are tax-deductible as allowable by law.

Paws Pantry Program

Paws Pantry Program

Since 2008 the Pad For Paws Foundation - through its Paws Pantry program - has made the following dog and cat food donations to help feed the hungry pets of Helena-area citizens.

Total Poundage Donated: 1,031,720 lbs.

  • Helena Food Share: 431,245 lbs.
  • God’s Love: 64,405 lbs.
  • Area Needy Families: 536,070 lbs.

(Donation totals as of April 2023)