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Support 4 ​Paws

and their humans

EIN 92-1841003

Who We Are

Support 4 Paws is a 501c3 nonprofit animal ​rescue organization supporting animals and ​their guardians through community ​outreach, medical assistance and ​educational programs. Our mission is to ​keep animals safe, out of shelters and off ​the streets by providing much needed ​services to their owners.

We also rescue dogs from shelter “red lists” ​saving them from euthanasia. We ​concentrate on the ones others may not ​take like medical cases and senior dogs.

What We Do


Microchip clinics

Vaccine clinics




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Education programs

Microchips and vaccines provided at no cost to underserved areas. Sponsor a clinic now.

Upcoming Events

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Donations are ​appreciated if you ​can afford it. That ​way we can continue ​to provide these free ​services for those ​who can’t afford even ​basic vet care.

Want a clinic in your area? Reach out and tell us about it.

We Need Fosters!!

We recently rescued two mama dogs and their combined litter of NINE puppies, ​so we are drowning in dogs right now. We are a foster based rescue and we ​don’t normally take in this many dogs at one time but they were in a seriously ​bad situation and may not have survived if they were left there.

The mama dogs are super sweet and the puppies are adorable and funny and ​will make you laugh! We supply everything you need. All dogs are available for ​adoption, too. The 2 moms and 5 puppies are left.

How to Help

Rescue doesn't end when the animal is out of the ​shelter or off the street. Rescues rely on community ​support to function.

What can you do?

(1) Donate money

(2) Volunteer

(3) Become a foster

(4) Adopt

(5) Become an advocate and demand your local ​representatives fight for low-cost spay/neuter ​options

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Fostering Saves Lives

There are 85 million US household with pets.


If just

of those households


Fostered just

dog per year

We could eliminate preventable euthanasia tomorrow*.

*Source: Petco Love Foundation

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Rescue's rule of 3

All dogs are different but rescue dogs will benefit from being allowed to decompress when you bring your new friend home. The rule of 3 is a good guide to prepare you and help you understand your new family member.



Feeling overwhelmed

May be scared and unsure

Not comfortable or confident enough to act like normal

May not want to eat, drink or even go potty

Shut down and wants to hide

Tests boundaries



Starting to settle in, feels more comfortable

Realizing this could be his forever home

Starts getting into a routine

Lets his guard down, true personality begins showing

As he gets more comfortable, behavior issues could come up

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Fully comfortable in his new home

Has built a trust and true bond with his new humans

Has gained a complete sense of security with himself and his new family

Has settled into the household routine

The Shelter Crisis

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Riverside County shelters are overflowing with adoptable dogs ​because, simply, the number of dogs coming in far exceeds the ​numbers being adopted. That means healthy, adoptable dogs are ​being needlessly killed to make room for the new ones.

The most vulnerable are owner turn-ins and the seniors. If you ​surrender your dog to the shelter it is most surely a death ​sentence. Owners are dumping their senior dogs - dogs that have ​been in a home for 12 or 15 years - in alarming numbers. As dogs ​age they need more medical attention. Nearly every senior dog in ​the shelter is going blind and deaf and needs an expensive dental ​cleaning/extractions. Some owners can't afford to pay the ​associated costs so the dogs end up terrified in the shelter. Worse ​yet, owners will simply turn dogs loose in the desert because they ​don't want to pay the surrender fee the shelter charges - or the ​shelters have refused to take the dog due to overcrowding.

By the Numbers

We’re going in the wrong direction! The euthanasia rate continues to climb across the nation at a ​steep rate. In Riverside County alone, in 2022 it more than doubled to 15%, from 6% in 2021, and now ​more than 1 in 5 dogs and 2 in 5 cats were euthanized in 2023.











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Data is from Riverside County Department of Animal Services. Riverside County has 4 County shelters: ​Coachella Valley Animal Center (CVAC), Riverside (Western), San Jacinto & Blythe. Returned means ​either to owner or, in the case of cats, back to the streets after being spayed or neutered (TNR).

Veterinarian Shortage

There is a crippling vet shortage nationwide and it's having a huge impact on the Coachella Valley. Low-cost options in our area are increasingly difficult to come by because they don't have the staff for more clinics and appointments at a vet clinic are weeks out and more expensive than many can afford. A quick google search yields frightening headlines like:

"New Studies Find Veterinarian Shortage Could Leave 75 million Pets Without Medical Care by 2030."


Scary, right? Even with an average of 2,500-2,600 veterinarian ​graduates a year, there is still an estimated 15,000 vet shortage for ​U.S. animals in less than 7 years.

The Coachella Valley is feeling the impact and has lost its only 24 hour ​emergency vet. Now, pet parents are going to have to drive over an ​hour to the nearest emergency vet. Imagine doing that while your pet ​is in crisis. Existing clinics may struggle to keep staff, making it even ​more difficult to get an appointment. It’s important to establish care ​with a vet. NOW. Before an emergency.

Sponsor & Donate

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Sponsor a microchip & vaccine clinic and your sponsorship will be advertised in marketing and at the event


To send a check please email

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Donations go to our ​general fund unless you ​direct it to a specific ​dog, event, clinic or ​fundraiser

Serving the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas


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EIN 92-1841003