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.
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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!”
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.
Beth’s background is in healthcare, dentistry to be more specific. She has been with the dental hygiene program at Southwestern College since 2004 and has worked the gamut from tutoring, test proctoring, clinic facilities coordinating, adjunct instructor and now full-time in the dental hygiene program. She grew up as a “military brat” and moved 18 times before she graduated from college with a Bachelors in Dental Hygiene from Old Dominion University in 1987. In addition, she received a Masters in Adult Education from Capella University in 2011.
Teaching and learning are two things that bring her joy. She has her private pilot’s license which is how she met her husband, and they have two adult children. She reports being a “crazy dog person” and has a passion for animal rescue. She enjoys weightlifting and functional fitness in her free time and holds a Level 1 Trainer certificate for CrossFit.
Karen’s love for animals started at an early age and grew through many visits to the San Diego Zoo and various pets over the years. Taking advantage of every opportunity to be involved with animals meant volunteering with a local vet and taking vet prep classes during high school. Attending the Moorpark College program for Exotic Animal Training and Management and then working as a zookeeper at the Dallas Zoo were special times in her life. But a love for education and animals and passing that on took her into teaching middle school science. Today, it is the ability to give back by helping to rescue dogs that really inspires her.
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.