Project Open Paw
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.
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.
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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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..
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......
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 .
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
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!
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.