People for Animal Welfare in El Dorado County – PAWED – A HISTORY

You can find out about who we were and what we accomplished by reading through the short history below and by combing through the old “PAWED prints” newsletters and informational documents found in these web pages. PAWED officially closes its doors on December 31, 2014. In addition there is a short video slide show, the same one that was presented at PAWED’s final event MEOWY CHRISTMAS AND YAPPY HOLIDAYS 2014.

PAWED 2000-2014 a video slide show on youtube.

PAWED’s mission was to promote compassionate and responsible care for all animals in our community by Partnering with other nonprofit animal groups and public agencies, Educating the public, Training shelter and foster animal volunteers and sponsoring Spay/Neuter programs for pets to Save lives.

PAWED formed in 2000 and formally became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit by years end.  During 2001 PAWED began hosting adoption events for the El Dorado County Animal Shelter.

2004 marked the opening of the PAWED office on Durock Road in Shingle Springs. This was staffed twice a week by volunteers. PAWED’s office officially closed on December 31, 2014. By the end of 2011, PAWED had grown to over 300 members!


We began the volunteer program at the Shelter in 2001 and in September of 2011, took over the management of all Shelter volunteer operations. At the end of 2014 the management of the shelter volunteers shifted back to El Dorado County Animal Services with initial funding of a volunteer coordinator provided by PAWED.


In 2003 PAWED created the Adopt-A-Pet ad in the Mt.Democrat which we funded until December 2014. PAWED volunteer photographers supplied all photographs and captions of the shelter pets. The volunteer photographers will be managed by the Shelter Volunteer Coordinator beginning in 2015.


Since 2005, PAWED has been a strong advocate supporting the building of a new Western Slope Animal. We understood the importance of a public/private partnership to build it, and once the project was approved, you contributed to our Finishing Touches Campaign, which raised over $250,000! All of this culminated in the October 2014 opening of the new county animal shelter in Diamond Springs.


A special place is held for the PAWED Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic. Many years in the making, it provided valuable low-cost services to pets in Georgetown and Somerset, and ongoing spay/neuter and medical care of EDCAS shelter animals. Our Spay Pal coupon program also made a huge difference in reducing the number of unwanted animals in El DoradoCounty. For more on the history of the PAWED Mobile Clinic continue reading.

It started with the donation of an RV that volunteers retrofitted. In February 2009, El Dorado County Shelter staff began using PAWED’s Mobile Spay/Neuter Mobile Clinic to alter animals from the county shelters in Placerville and South Lake Tahoe. At the Tuesday clinics, Dr. Shirley Harman, averaged about 35 operations each day, with the assistance of shelter staff. Between January 27, 2009, when we began surgeries of the shelter animals, and December 31, 2011, approximately 3000 animals were altered in our mobile clinic! And many more since then.

In the summer of 2011 the clinic hit the road altering 70 pets for low income families in the Georgetown Divide area. The summer of 2012 the clinic headed for the “SouthCounty” (Somerset, Mt.Aukum, Grizzly Flats, Outingdale and Fairplay). Clinics were held in June, July and August at PioneerPark in Somerset. The final was done at Animal Outreach. 70 more pets were altered in this series of clinics.

Mobile Clinic Disaster Response – In the summer of 2008, California experienced a lightning siege that caused fires across the state.  ButteCounty was hit hard and requested our Mobile Spay/Neuter & Disaster Response Clinic to respond to Chico to assist critically ill animals. The Clinic was staged at one of the evacuation centers in Chico where temperatures soared to 106°F with humidities at 90%.  The Clinic served as a triage and treatment clinic for the evacuation center helping evacuated pets who were suffering from burns, heat stroke and smoke inhalation. We were proud to have been able to support the evacuation center with our clinic and dedicated volunteers!

As of 2014, the PAWED Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic was unfortunately no longer safe to drive.  It was still used at the El Dorado County Animal Services Placerville shelter to alter shelter animals before they were made available for adoption. Then with the move to the New West Slope Animal Services Facility in October 2014, the Mobile Clinic equipment was transferred into the new EDCAS facility, and the mobile clinic was officially retired.

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