About

Who We Are

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PAWS4Thought Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-breed animal rescue organization. Most of what we do is rescue dogs from shelters when they at risk of being euthanized, as well as abandoned, abused, and stray dogs in both the U.S. and Tijuana/Rosarito areas. We also rescue many dogs from owners who are forced to surrender them due to financial or personal hardships.

PAWS4Thought is committed to reducing the number of dogs who are at risk of being euthanized or are left hurt and/or abandoned each and every day.  Our primary goal is to rescue and rehabilitate these dogs in loving foster homes until they are adopted into their permanent “fur-ever” homes. We also focus on educating the public by providing information on rescue procedures, and we conduct low cost and free spay/neuter events to those who need these services. 

PAWS4Thought is a 100% non-profit volunteer organization that could not survive without the loving dedication and support of volunteers, foster families and sponsors who dedicate their time, homes and contributions to help save and support those without a voice.

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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Mission

At PAWS4Thought, we are committed to rescuing, rehabbing and caring for abused, abandoned and neglected animals in both the U.S. and Mexico by providing medical care, fostering services and adoption placement in responsible homes. We are willing to assist with certain costs, such as providing spay/neuter clinics to those in low-income neighborhoods.

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Passion

At the heart of animal rescue is a network of people who share a passion for saving and protecting creatures who end up in unfortunate circumstances for one reason or another. The process is not for the faint of heart. And for some, animal rescue is their life’s passion. We at PAWS4Thought juggle jobs, families and caring for our own pets, so that we may save the lives of others. Our resources, time and money are invested in an effort to end the suffering of the many animals that cross our path.

Thank you to our Corporate Supporters

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Stats for 2018

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Total All Year: 260

ADOPTED: 171

Deceased: 23

Remaining (rollover): 62

Transfer: 3

P4T’s Save Rate is calculated as such:
245 Live Outcomes divided by (207 All Outcomes – 38 Unhealthy/Untreatable) 245/(245-38) = .84
The Asilomar Live Release Rate is 84%.
This does not include sponsored pets. If calculated including the 160 sponsored pets the Asilomar Live Release Rate is 90%.

Our Team

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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 Mirgoli

Co-Founder & Chair
negar@paws4thoughtrescue.com

Negar Mirgoli

Co-Founder & Chair

negar@paws4thoughtrescue.com

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

Co-Founder & Vice-Chair
judy@paws4thoughtrescue.com

Judy Clayton

Co-Founder & Vice-Chair

judy@paws4thoughtrescue.com

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 Loyd

Secretary

Martin Loyd

Secretary

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.

William Lopez

Marketing Chair

William Lopez, Ph.D

Marketing Chair

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.

Renee Dudek

North County Foster Coordinator

Renee Dudek

North County Foster Coordinator

Renee has been an active member of the dog community in North County since the opening of her family’s dog grooming shop 28 years ago. She also worked at a local veterinary clinic for 12 years, giving her experience with the medical side. Renee has also been involved in rescue work for 27 years and has successfully fostered and placed hundreds of dogs and puppies.

“The biggest joy in rescue is knowing I have made a difference in each family that adopts, especially the kids that will always remember their first best friend, and also seeing the wonderful lives these dogs live, knowing what their fate could have been.”

Melissa Scharbarth

Board Member

Melissa Scharbarth

Board Member

Melissa teaches fourth grade for the Encinitas Union School District and dedicates her time to being an advocate for dogs in her community. As a board member, she is committed to finding homes for dogs who need to be adopted, spreading the message about the importance of animal rescue, and providing support to foster families. Through Melissa’s passion for animal rescue, she is determined to make a difference.

Veterinary Services

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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.