Donna DeBerardinis and Jenny Aaronson created this Non Profit Organization in February 2014 to help cure the Parvovirus infected Puppies. She was very successful in this en devour and went on to start a Spay and Neuter program which assisted those in need. In 2019, when her interests became stronger as a Caregiver for the Senior Community, she generously transferred Be Paws We Care (BPWC) to Julie Raming and Dave Patrick so that her dream of helping animals in need would continue.
Currently, BPWC assists in raising funds so the Homeless Pets of Pickens County so they can get the medical care they need to prepare them for their forever Family. Kelly Ingram is our Rescue Coordinator to help facilitate the rehoming of our homeless pets and Suzanne Champitto serves as our Fundraising Chairman. We also hope to implement a Spay and Neuter Program to help reduce the overpopulation within this County.
Hope Is Where the Heart Is.... and our Hearts are with the Homeless Pets . We Strive to give them a Second Chance at life
Partnering with the Pickens County Animal Shelter and other Rescues
At Be-Paws We Care, Inc., we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in helping our Homeless Pets thru our network of Volunteers but also through cooperation and community empowerment we believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
Background / Mission
In 2019, the all-volunteer team at Be-Paws We Care, Inc. began its journey in response to 7 dogs testing positive in January for Heartworms at the Pickens County Animal Shelter. The COSTS associated with Heartworm Treatment as well as many other medical issues are outside the County’s budget, so many of these homeless pet would go without the proper medical attention. This became our MISSION, to provide the medical support for these Homeless Pets and also to help them find their forever homes through partnering with the PCA Shelter and various rescues.
IMPACT on our Community
In the year 2019, through the generous donations from our community and outside through grants, we have been able to address medical issues of over 90+ homeless pets. This included 19 heartworm positive dogs that were treated so they all could get a Second Chance. Over 300+ pets have been successfully adopted or sent to a rescue for adoption through our networking with other Rescues and the Pickens County Animal Shelter.
Future Goals :
Community Spay and Neuter Program Initiative
Of these 300 pets, 70 were puppies and 14 kittens that went to the shelter as an owner surrender or stray with their mother or found abandoned. We were able to coordinate with other rescues to get them fostered and subsequently adopted. Seventeen pregnant dogs and cats were also rescued and transported to rescues where they could safely have their families. Because of these overwhelming statistics, we are proposing to develop a Community Spay and Neuter Program in 2020. This program would assist those that cannot afford to get their pet altered with the goal of reducing this ever growing unwanted pet population. We are reaching out to other animal welfare charitable organizations to help develop an outreach plan and also to Georgia Animal Project to have access to affordable spay and neuter rates.
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with our homeless pet population. Our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.