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.

What is PAWS of Coronado

A 501(C)3 Animal Rescue 

Providing medical and behavior rehabilitation, and finding the perfect forever home for each pet.

Animal Services Providers

Working with the City of Coronado to care for stray animals, and to provide services including licensing, lost and found, and emergency boarding to residents.

Community Members

Proud members of the Coronado community, empowered by local volunteers and donors, seeking to make Coronado a better place for every person and animal.

Animal Welfare Advocates

Emphasizing training and education to improve the lives of animals today, and prevent homelessness and suffering for the animals of tomorrow.

Our Story

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

Louise (pictured) 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), and establishing a partnership between PAWS and the City of Coronado.

Following in Louise’s footsteps, PAWS grew under the care of dedicated animal advocates Sharon Sherman and Karen Dwinell 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.