Who We Are


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.

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.



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.



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.

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Our Team


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 Mirgoli

Co-Founder / President


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!”

Negar Mirgoli

Co-Founder & Chair

Penny DeFrance

Vice President

Penny is a country girl, mother of 3 and loves the outdoor life. She was raised in a small town in Oregon, surrounded with family pets, chickens and livestock. After her husband’s retired from the Navy in 2018, they purchased a home in Rancho San Diego with over an acre. Her continues to surround herself with animals. She currently has 3 dogs (one with special needs), 17 chickens, 3 cats and fosters up to 14 dogs with the rescue. Penny is a Realtor with strong organizational abilities, offering leadership qualities to our team and fund raising ideas. She starting fostering for Paws4Thought in 2020, specializing in pregnant dogs and their litters. She participates in mentoring other fosters, organizes adoption events and responsible for the processing of adoptions in our database.

Martin Loyd


Martin Loyd


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

Terri Dillon

Operations Director

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).

Veterinary Services


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.