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.

About us

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 to provide comprehensive animal services in the Crown City. 

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 animals each year.

Today we continue to honor Louise’s legacy by providing high-quality medical care, treating the animals in our care with love and compassion, and seeking to find each animal a perfect forever home through our adoption services.

A 501(C)3 Animal Rescue

High quality medical care, behavior rehabilitation, lifetime support for animals with special needs, 

Animal Services Providers

Medical care and safe housing for lost and stray Coronado pets, Coronado animal licensing, lost and found network, emergency boarding, community vaccination and microchipping clinic

Animal Welfare Advocates

Community education, free and subsidized animal training, improving the lives of community pets, preventing future homelessness.