The Pacific Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 2003 by Dorothy “Louise” Shirey.
Louise 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.
Find a Pet and Fall in Love
Complete an online application and indicate which pet you are applying for. an adoption counselor will contact you within two business days
participate in a pre-interview over the phone or via email. if the pet seems like a good fit, a meet and greet will be scheduled at this time
meet the pet, introduce any family members, and participate in a pet-to-pet introduction if relevant. complete a home evaluation.
finalize adoption paperwork, pay adoption fees, pick up your pet, and live happily ever after.