Paws Up Projects

We are here to inspire, support and connect you to help animal shelters & rescues around the country

PawsUp projects are great for kids, adults, families, scouts, classrooms and students who need community service credit.
Take a look at what others have done and get started!

Pastries for Pets fundraiser

Pastries for Pets

Kids baked cookies, brownies and cakes as a fundraiser for their local animal shelter.

Each treat came with a fun fact about pets such as rabbits “binky” when they are happy.

Student holding a kitten

Cat Overpopulation 411

Middle school students created an interactive display to teach 1st graders about cat overpopulation. Kids learned that one unspayed female and her offspring could produce thousands of cats that need homes.

Adoption Posters

Students created posters to feature adoptable pets at a local shelter. The shelter used their artwork to promote adopting the pets on social media.

Get Started

Create a Project!

Give to a wish list, make toys, start a fundraiser, educate others or come up with your own idea to help animal shelters and rescues.
Wish List

For Shelters & Rescues

Post your wish list and other projects. Let people know what you need. Posting is fast, easy and free.

How It Works


Find an animal shelter or rescue you want to support. Choose a local organization or search our shelters/rescues.


Look for inspiration! See what others have done and check out our DIY projects, too.

Finish your project and post a photo to help inspire others!

Our Impact to Date

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Alex and Bunny

Alex Sanchez

Dog Program Manager, Hopalong

I was one of the first people to hear about Paws Up Projects when it was first an idea.  I LOVED it right from the start and know it will have a big impact in helping animal shelters and rescues everywhere! – Alex

John L. Lipp

John L. Lipp

CEO, Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

Paws Up Projects is an exciting new resource that allows people to see, and recreate, fun projects that make a direct impact for animal shelters.  It inspires innovative solutions and helps build our community of life-savers. It’s a fantastic new tool! – John

Ella H.

Student Animal Advocate

When I was 12 years old I wrote an ordinance to ban cat declawing in my city and got it passed.  I’m excited to be a part of Paws Up Projects to inspire other kids to make a difference for animals.  Paws Up Projects is a perfect way to showcase what can be done no matter what your age. – Ella

Just for Fun: Meet readers' adopted pets and submit your own!


Fun fact about this pet:

Rocky was rescued as a kitten behind the now demolished Rock Garden Cafe in Palm Springs. He loves to run in front of our legs as we leave the house throwing himself in front of us over and over for belly rubs.  He does this from the moment I grab the keys until we are out the door.


Tina Louise

Fun fact about this pet:

Andy met Tina Louise in January 2021. It was love at first sight by both.  Andy was inviting her home as Tina was saying take me home.  She now greets all guests on arrival and they fall in love her, as it should be!


Fun fact about this pet:

When my 98 year old father moved in with us, Maddie knew her job right away.  Never left his side until he passed away 8 months later. He said she is what kept him going.  I’m forever grateful to Maddie as she was the perfect friend.  She rescued me.


Fun fact about this pet:

Mei was so scared at the shelter they thought she might be feral, but now she loves to snuggle more than anything else.

Shelters & Rescue Partners