Our Mission

To advocate for animal welfare by providing adoption and rehabilitation services to the animals under our care, while fostering a more educated community.

Our Vision

The vision of PAWS of Coronado is for every animal to have a safe and loving forever home.

The Pacific Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 2003 by Dorothy “Louise” Shirey.

Louise (left) was dedicated to providing care for and rehoming the abandoned and displaced animals of Coronado from the time she joined our community in 1986 until her death in 2014. 

Through determination, community organization, and persistent lobbying as an animal advocate, Louise achieved her dream of creating a Coronado animal rescue (PAWS), establishing a partnership between PAWS and the City of Coronado, and initiating the building of the Coronado Animal Care Facility.  

Following in Louise’s footsteps, PAWS grew under the care of dedicated animal advocates Sharon Sherman and Karen Dwinell (right) into a trusted community organization capable of helping hundreds of local animals each year.

Today at PAWS, we honor Louise’s legacy by providing high-quality medical care, treating the animals in our care with love and compassion, and finding each animal a perfect forever home through our adoption services. Inspired by Louise we also seek to be animal welfare advocates through community education, providing resources to ensure the ethical treatment of Coronado’s pets and helping to prevent future animal homelessness and euthanasia.

December 15, 2020

In honor of their unmatched service and commitment to the animals of Coronado, the city officially marked December 15, 2020 in honor of Karen Dwinell and Sharon Sherman. 

The entire extended PAWS family would like to thank Sharon and Karen for being instrumental in the adoption of countless animals, for saving and improving animal lives with medical and behavioral support, and for providing endless comfort and love to the sick and injured. 

As PAWS moves forward, we strive to care for all animals with the same selflessness and passion they have demonstrated. 

Sharon Sherman
karen Dwinell

 Our Vision in Action

PAWS is working toward creating a safe haven for all animals in Coronado. 

Animal Care Services
PAWS provides high-quality medical care, compassionate emotional and behavioral support, and ethical adoption services (as needed) to every animal who enters the Animal Care Facility.

Animal Welfare Education
PAWS provides educational resources to our community, centered around providing compassionate and ethical care to out pets, dealing with common medical and behavioral issues, and becoming animal advocates who preemptively reduce future shelter populations.