Who We Are
What We Do
We rescue and rehabilitate abandoned and abused dogs, provide vaccines and medical treatment, and assist in the placement of these dogs into loving homes.
All of our dogs are housed within our veterinary clinic and cared for until they are either placed with a loving foster family or a “fur-ever” home. We pride ourselves in finding the perfect match for both dog and human.
Thank you to our Corporate Supporters
Stats for 2020
DIED IN CARE: 45
ROLLED OVER FROM 2019: 52
Board of Directors
PAWS4Thought team members come from many different backgrounds in ethnicity, financial stability and style. But the one thing we all have in common is our love for animals. Together, we work tirelessly to change the lives of the abused, abandoned and neglected so that each and every animal has the chance for a loving home.
Negar was born in Tehran, Iran, in the 1970s. After the fall of the Shah in 1979, her family emigrated to California. Growing up in Orange County California, and then attending college in Northern California makes Negar feel that she “gets” what it means to be a part of “The Golden State.” She finally settled in sunny San Diego.
Negar has been in the real estate field selling homes since 1997. Her choice of a career is perfect for her personality, as she likes helping people realize their dreams.
Believing in giving back, Negar has been active in community service since her high school days, when she started volunteering at age 16 at UCI Medical Center, then by the age of 19 she was volunteering at the Orange County Courthouse. In 2004, Negar also started volunteering at Meals On Wheels (delivering meals for the last 15 years), and finally, about five years ago she started the animal rescue group, Paws4thought.
“Rescuing animals is my way of thanking the universe and paying it forward.” Negar is fluent in Farsi and English. She has also studied French, German and Spanish. According to Negar, “Although I am not fluent in these three languages, I can get by.”
Her motto as she enters her fifth is, “It is none of my business what other people think of me.” And with that thought, she allows herself to be free from many of society’s perceived restraints.
“Traveling, hiking, walking, reading, music, the opera, theater, paddle boarding, roller skating, ice skating, ziplining, yoga, and skydiving have all helped me stay happy and strong. I’m really looking forward to the next decades of my life!”
Judy Clayton is the co-founder of Paws4thought. She has worked in the non-profit sector for more than 30 years. Although she had been involved in animal welfare (she was the administrator of Bob Barker’s foundation for spay/neuter for several years), it wasn’t until she moved from Los Angeles to Baja California that she learned the true meaning of “rescue.” With six rescues of her own, Judy has committed her life to the many animals in need that cross her path.
“While some days are just plain hard and I want to give up, we then place a dog into a loving family and lives are changed. Not only for the dog, but for the family as well. It makes it all worthwhile.”
Martin has been flying for nearly 40 years in both the military and airlines. He is a flight instructor, pilot examiner, author and volunteer for the Chula Vista Police Department. Acting as the Board Secretary, he is a long-time dog-lover, who currently looks after four of the dogs who live in his home.
Jamie has been a volunteer with Paws4Thought for 3 years, fostering and more recently assisting in a variety of administrative duties including reviewing applications, interviewing applicants and placing dogs with adopters and fosters. “I basically fill in wherever I am needed – and there is always a need!” Prior to moving to the San Diego area Jamie worked in Public Accounting for over 40 years. She is well versed in non-profit accounting and brings a strong financial background to the Treasurer position. Jamie also served as a board member for American Youth Soccer Organization for 15+ years as a Treasurer and Volunteer coordinator.
William Lopez, Ph.D
William is the owner of a full-service marketing communications firm. William adopted one of his dogs from Paws4Thought. After going through the adoption process, he quickly became interested in getting involved to bring more awareness to the organization. As the marketing chair for Paws4Thought, he is responsible for PR/branding/partnerships. William resides in La Mesa with his husband and two dogs.
Terri is the CEO/Broker and sole owner of 4 busy real estate offices, an escrow division and mortgage company. She has been associated with animals rescue for over 15 years, volunteering at local shelters and with other rescue organizations. Terri believes we are all on the same team, rescuing animals. Terri has been on radio and sponsored community events intended to promote rescue efforts. Terri works with all breeds and specializes in pregnant mommies and litters. She provides mentorship to new fosters who will take expecting mothers into their homes while making sure they have all supplies necessary to deliver the puppies safely. After birth, to monitor and socialize puppies properly so they adjust nicely with their new family. Terri will administer required vaccines, coordinate sterilization, interview potential adopters and coordinate adoption paperwork. Due to her experience in operating businesses, Terri became a member of the board to assist Paws4Thought in creating systems to coordinate more efficiency as we grow. This growth will lead to the rescue of more animals and sponsorships of sterilization clinics. Terri resides in Bonita, California, along with her rescue cat, 2 mini Australian shepherds, and 2 horses (quarter and appaloosa/thoroughbred).
The experienced, compassionate and dedicated teams who operate our veterinary clinics in Baja California make it possible to save the countless lives of abused and abandoned dogs who would otherwise die on the streets.