About Us

Our Mission

LOVEPAWS was founded as an animal intake prevention program to help keep pets in homes and out of shelters. To do this, we offer various types of assistance to pet owners, including our pet food pantry.  While our focus is on Prince George’s County, MD, we offer these services to the entire DC Metro area.

Our scope and mission has grown quickly since we were founded in 2019 and we now pull dogs and cats from open-admission, high-intake shelters in MD, VA and other Southern states. This has expanded our rescue to be able to save dogs and cats of all breeds. Our expanded mission is to save the lives of abandoned dogs and cats and place them in loving and permanent homes. We are a non-breed-specific rescue and are committed to stepping forward whenever we can and wherever there is the greatest need.

LOVEPAWS is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We are an exclusively foster-based rescue with our foster network spanning MD, DC, and VA.

It all started with Coco.

A little JRT named Coco was the inspiration for LOVEPAWS. LOVEPAWS founder Sonya saw Coco’s family in the parking of the shelter while walking to her car after volunteering one day and asked them why they were surrendering Coco. They explained that Coco had masses on her belly and a bad infection in the area that they could not afford to treat. They were visibly upset bringing her to the shelter not knowing what would happen to her. Sonya worked with the to secure low-cost medical care for Coco to have her mammary chain removed and eventually took Coco in as a hospice foster when it was discovered that her cancer had spread. Coco lived 3 happy, spoiled months running around with her new pack, doing a happy dance for her home-cooked dinners and snuggling on the couch with Sonya and her husband until she passed. Every animal LOVEPAWS helps is in memory and honor of Coco. RIP and thank you, Coco.

LOVEPAWS was started by a few volunteers of the Prince George’s County Animal shelter who saw the need for a rescue to offer assistance to pet owners in the community. Time and time again, we saw heartbroken owners in tears walking into the shelter to surrender their pets because they felt they had nowhere else to turn. We worked with these owners to help them keep their pets in their homes, whether it was finding funding to get their pets the medical care they needed, providing food to owners that could no longer afford to feed their pets or educating them and providing them with tools to help them care for their high-energy puppy or kitten. When we couldn’t keep these pets in their homes, we worked with owners to find rescues that would take in their pets.