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The Performing Animal Welfare Society captive wildlife sanctuaries care for retired, abandoned or abused performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade. These captive wild animals live in peace and dignity with absolutely no aversive methods used to maintain them.

For more than 30 years, PAWS has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide humane sanctuary for surplus animals providing the space, natural habitat and quality of care which they deserve.

You can support PAWS in many ways:



Privacy Policy for the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS): PAWS assures unambiguously that: (1) PAWS will not trade, share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations. (2) In special circumstances, PAWS will only share personal information once the donor has given PAWS specific permission to do so.


PAWS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. PAWS Fed ID # is 94-3005157.

All gifts to PAWS are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. Please consult your tax advisor regarding the deductibility of donated services.


In Memoriam: PAWS' co-founder, the late Pat Derby, talks about captive wildlife news at PAWS.



71 was part of a small herd of elephants owned by a wealthy individual in Florida. She had been chronically ill and almost died several times. She was transferred to PAWS as a final attempt to save her life. She was PAWS founding elephant. Learn More»

Performing Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 849, Galt, CA 95632

209/745-2606 office/sanctuary
209/745-1809 fax

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