Project Open Paw

$142,456 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 3,324 people in 36 months
My name is Paul and I am the founder of Project Open Paw, an organization dedicated to feeding and taking care of the furry companions of the homeless here in San Francisco, California. I am determined to carry on the legacy of love and joy that these beautiful dogs and I have shared.

It all started about 5 years ago when I was working at a local dog boarding and day care facility. I couldn’t help but notice that there was a lot of dog food being thrown away for no good reason. Rather than let it go to waste, I started rescuing that food and delivering it to the many homeless dogs I saw in the encampments around the area. It didn’t take long before I became known as the doggy food man and a bit of a dog guru to the folks out there.

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It was all going wonderfully until my dog food supply was cut off but I knew that couldn’t be the end. This little project I had started had made such an overwhelmingly positive impact on my life and those I had been helping that there was absolutely no way I was giving this up! So I started coming up with a plan on how I could raise money. GoFundMe was a new thing that I had seen some of my younger coworkers using to fund their education and it just clicked!

I started this GoFundMe account and began posting pictures of my beloved mutts on social media and Project Open Paw got its wings! I was extremely blessed with being featured on NBC Bay Area's Bay Area Proud, which brought some much needed media attention and have been plugging away at this little labor of love ever since! GoFundMe made it possible to found our nonprofit and we have helped feed and provided veterinary visits for so many animals since then.

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Project Open Paw really takes all of my time and is a huge labor of love. It’s become more of a struggle raising funds lately, but I’ve never not been able to feed the dogs and I’ve even been able to expand by taking them to the vet when needed. This is where you all come in.

It takes between $200 - $300 to feed all of my dogs each week. If one of them needs to see the vet, those appointments run $200 on average and emergency appoints run much higher than that. I’ve set these goals to help keeping Project Open Paw thriving:

Goal #1: $40,000 - Will provide food, vet visits, and care for the dogs through the end of the year

Goal #2: $65,000 - Will provide food, vet visits, and care for the dogs through the end of 2019

Goal #3: $80,000 - Will provide food, vet visits, and care for the dogs through the end of 2020. Any additional money will go towards my dream of opening a facility to work out of and shelter animals.

Many have come and gone, disappeared and reappeared from my life, but every one of these dogs has touched me and enriched my life more than words can begin to describe. Please find it in your heart to donate even a few cents so I can carry on my labor of love and sleep with the peace of mind that these wonderful animals slept with food in their bellies. I thank you wholeheartedly and your small donation will make a huge difference in the life of a deserving dog in need of a simple meal. If you can’t donate, please keep sharing our story to help us realize our dream and I will keep improving these deserving angels lives every way I possibly can!

❤ Much love and God bless you all for caring!❤  

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Thank you all so much for the recent donations.. We have been able to provide amazing quality food for our animals, as well as getting them in for vet visits like never before, because you guys cared enough to help! God bless you all and please keep sharing these posts to keep us going! Much love to all!
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Thank you all as always first your generously donations, All very appreciated and needed! I haven't had time to thank everyone individually as I like to, So busy with our animals lately, but here is my heartfelt thanks.. Please keep sharing these posts to keep us going! Happy Veteran's Day to all, We thank you for your service and our freedom! Much love and God bless us all!
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Thank you all for the recent donations, Very appreciated! You guys are amazing for helping us help so many lately! Please keep sharing this post to keep us helping as many as we can! Much love and God bless!
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Thank you all so much for the recent donations! We are helping so many dogs because you guys cared enough to help! Let's keep it going by sharing our campaign with family and friends to see how more lives we can touch! Much love and God bless!
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Lynn Quamme
33 months ago

Paul; have you thought about hooking up with Amazon as a local charity and doing a wish list of supplies that you need? people may want to donate supplies instead of money; just a thought

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35 months ago
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I wish you could accept food donations most nights I have enough to feed about 40 people, I donate next to best buy and and 8th and brannan, its so much food I know they cant eat it all..id rather it feed a few then feed no one. ..contact me if you have any idea were this food can be taken to help out..

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Frances Cayao
28 months ago
8
8

Keep up the donations! For most of the dogs that Paul helps depend on the food he delivers! Thank you Paul for continuing this work! I hope that you will never stop doing this, but pray that one day, you wouldn't need to. More blessings to you.

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Brenda Smith Monahan
3 months ago
7
7

Paul, you make the world a better place. So do our furry friends. Thank you.

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Melannie
3 months ago
6
6

I am the spouse of a Vietnam veteran and we need help with vet bills to come for the urget and necessary treatment of our 9yo mastiff s ear infection and mass removal. if you know of ANYONE who could help us please find me on here

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Robert Foti
3 months ago
6
6

One of the best GoFundMes ever seen!

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Kurt A Wootton
30 months ago
6
6

Paul...could you contact me? I have a bag full of unused dog meds you could possibly use...I leave Saturday for a while....will return in Fall. Where can we meet to donate the meds? Thanks, Kurt

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Richard P Risica
33 months ago
6
6

Oh yeah, now this is how it should be. People who are all strangers to each other helping out. There is hope for us, isn't there.

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Margaret Dyer-chamberlain
3 months ago
5
5

Hi Paul. I'm a deacon in the Episcopal Church and I'd like to let our community know more about your work. I've already heard from one person who has special frozen dog food for dogs struggling with cancer - I don't know if you can use that or if I should see about donating to the SF SPCA? Thank you for all that you do - inspirational......

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Jobelle Collie
35 months ago
4
4

I called Fog City and asked why they changed the policy. I was told ONE customer complained, so all food "leftovers" are returned with the dog at the end of the day. I'm sure if you asked each owner if they would like to donate "leftovers" they would be happy to do so. That makes sense, but easy solutions never occur to most people (or dog owners) So sad .

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Elina
2 months ago
2
2

Someone please help my fur baby.

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Carrie
2 months ago
2
2

Please search ‘Help for Reco’. I just found out yesterday my fur baby has lymphoma. He is young, spunky and I’m not ready to give up on him. Any help or at least please share my post would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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Haylee Kilfeather
3 months ago
2
2

Please help this campaign out and help it reach it's goal, and maybe check out my campaign as well.

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Heather
3 months ago
2
2

hey I have ptsd and live out of the area doc said I can have a dog campaign pet yet the place I just moved in tonis required a large deposit and licensing among proof of shots I have been given a 3 yr old German Shepherd that is need of a home due to my family no longer can keep her she is in love with my kid and her is in love with the dog can your agency help I have less then 24 hrs to find a home or send to someplace that may put her down ugh she has been with our family since birth

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Lydia
2 months ago
1
1

hey everyone! can y’all check out my go fund me? it’s about my doggy. it would be much appreciated ❤️

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Alexandra
2 months ago
1
1

It is amazing work your doing. All my life I've wanted to help animals in need that are unable to help themselves. So I started a go fund me page in order to start my passion. Anything can help and each dollar will be used to aid an animal who may not otherwise have a chance. Thank you and God Bless!

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Sarah
2 months ago
1
1

You are a wonderful, noble person, an unsung hero to the cause of giving every animal that comes into your life. You have my respect. Also, I've started my own GoFundMe campaign, Ensuring "NoBuddy" Is Left Behind! Too many animals remain homeless because of the cost of care. My campaign will provide basic supplies to those who adopt. I please ask that you look my campaign and help if you can.

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Shakora
2 months ago
1
1

please I need help me and my baby will be homeless if I don't get money soon

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DrThari Jaber
2 months ago
1
1

Please help Ala kishawi , Designing a sustainable Gaza

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Melissa Powell
3 months ago
1
1

This is wonderful. Hope you raise much more. I like dogs, but I am really a cat person. If you can help some cats, that would also be wonderful.

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Sedona Tracey
7 hours ago

Paul is a blessing to this world and all of its inhabitants!!!

$20
Yahima Leblanc
1 day ago

Animals are one of the many victims of inhumanity, ignorance, and cruelty. I love all of them. Dogs are so kind. Not one of them would do to us what some of us do to them. We need to care a little bit more.

$10
Anonymous
2 days ago
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$10
Katie Trujillo
3 days ago

In honor of Nonie's daughter

Lynn Quamme
33 months ago

Paul; have you thought about hooking up with Amazon as a local charity and doing a wish list of supplies that you need? people may want to donate supplies instead of money; just a thought

+ Read More
35 months ago
9
9

I wish you could accept food donations most nights I have enough to feed about 40 people, I donate next to best buy and and 8th and brannan, its so much food I know they cant eat it all..id rather it feed a few then feed no one. ..contact me if you have any idea were this food can be taken to help out..

+ Read More
Frances Cayao
28 months ago
8
8

Keep up the donations! For most of the dogs that Paul helps depend on the food he delivers! Thank you Paul for continuing this work! I hope that you will never stop doing this, but pray that one day, you wouldn't need to. More blessings to you.

+ Read More
Brenda Smith Monahan
3 months ago
7
7

Paul, you make the world a better place. So do our furry friends. Thank you.

+ Read More
Melannie
3 months ago
6
6

I am the spouse of a Vietnam veteran and we need help with vet bills to come for the urget and necessary treatment of our 9yo mastiff s ear infection and mass removal. if you know of ANYONE who could help us please find me on here

+ Read More
Robert Foti
3 months ago
6
6

One of the best GoFundMes ever seen!

+ Read More
Kurt A Wootton
30 months ago
6
6

Paul...could you contact me? I have a bag full of unused dog meds you could possibly use...I leave Saturday for a while....will return in Fall. Where can we meet to donate the meds? Thanks, Kurt

+ Read More
Richard P Risica
33 months ago
6
6

Oh yeah, now this is how it should be. People who are all strangers to each other helping out. There is hope for us, isn't there.

+ Read More
Margaret Dyer-chamberlain
3 months ago
5
5

Hi Paul. I'm a deacon in the Episcopal Church and I'd like to let our community know more about your work. I've already heard from one person who has special frozen dog food for dogs struggling with cancer - I don't know if you can use that or if I should see about donating to the SF SPCA? Thank you for all that you do - inspirational......

+ Read More
Jobelle Collie
35 months ago
4
4

I called Fog City and asked why they changed the policy. I was told ONE customer complained, so all food "leftovers" are returned with the dog at the end of the day. I'm sure if you asked each owner if they would like to donate "leftovers" they would be happy to do so. That makes sense, but easy solutions never occur to most people (or dog owners) So sad .

+ Read More
Elina
2 months ago
2
2

Someone please help my fur baby.

+ Read More
Carrie
2 months ago
2
2

Please search ‘Help for Reco’. I just found out yesterday my fur baby has lymphoma. He is young, spunky and I’m not ready to give up on him. Any help or at least please share my post would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

+ Read More
Haylee Kilfeather
3 months ago
2
2

Please help this campaign out and help it reach it's goal, and maybe check out my campaign as well.

+ Read More
Heather
3 months ago
2
2

hey I have ptsd and live out of the area doc said I can have a dog campaign pet yet the place I just moved in tonis required a large deposit and licensing among proof of shots I have been given a 3 yr old German Shepherd that is need of a home due to my family no longer can keep her she is in love with my kid and her is in love with the dog can your agency help I have less then 24 hrs to find a home or send to someplace that may put her down ugh she has been with our family since birth

+ Read More
Lydia
2 months ago
1
1

hey everyone! can y’all check out my go fund me? it’s about my doggy. it would be much appreciated ❤️

+ Read More
Alexandra
2 months ago
1
1

It is amazing work your doing. All my life I've wanted to help animals in need that are unable to help themselves. So I started a go fund me page in order to start my passion. Anything can help and each dollar will be used to aid an animal who may not otherwise have a chance. Thank you and God Bless!

+ Read More
Sarah
2 months ago
1
1

You are a wonderful, noble person, an unsung hero to the cause of giving every animal that comes into your life. You have my respect. Also, I've started my own GoFundMe campaign, Ensuring "NoBuddy" Is Left Behind! Too many animals remain homeless because of the cost of care. My campaign will provide basic supplies to those who adopt. I please ask that you look my campaign and help if you can.

+ Read More
Shakora
2 months ago
1
1

please I need help me and my baby will be homeless if I don't get money soon

+ Read More
DrThari Jaber
2 months ago
1
1

Please help Ala kishawi , Designing a sustainable Gaza

+ Read More
Melissa Powell
3 months ago
1
1

This is wonderful. Hope you raise much more. I like dogs, but I am really a cat person. If you can help some cats, that would also be wonderful.

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