About Paddy's Paws

Thank you for visiting Paddy's Paws!   Paddy's Paws believes in "Rescue Done Right"!  We are an animal rescue organization that focuses on finding homeless dogs their forever homes. We mainly work with three rescues in Houston, Texas, as well as local owner surrenders to find loving and forever homes for unwanted dogs, as well as provide animal education and fundraising opportunities for dogs in need. Since beginning in late 2014, we have helped over 1,600 dogs find their forever homes.  We officially became a 501c3 non-profit organization in November of 2015.  To date, we have also sent back over $250,000 in adoption fees to the Houston rescues so they can help save more dogs. 




Our primary goal is to find adoptive homes for these amazing animals that are located in shelters, rescues and foster homes. Paddy's Paws is not a rescue, but rather an outlet for spreading the word about adoptable animals and helping other organizations coordinate adoption. How does it work? You fill out an online form, which is the Paddy's Paws Adoption Application, which will then be submitted for approval for adoption to the Houston rescues. This application is used for Lola's Lucky Day, Hooves, and Hounds, and Houston K911, three 501c3 organizations. Why the same application for three different organizations? It helps streamline the process! There may not be a dog in Lola's for you, but there might be at K911...and you don't have to go through additional steps!

Our adoption process works a bit different than other shelters and rescues! Paddy's Paws serves as a coordinator for Houston rescues. We send out the applications, arrange home visits and secure back up fosters for each of the dogs that will be transported here. Like most foster-based organizations, we do not have a facility and set up all appointments on an individual basis. Prior to any meet and greets, we require an approved application so we will need to go through all the steps before having you meet any of the available dogs here in Wisconsin.

The application, reference checks, and home visit are considered part of the general approval process and we cannot guarantee that a specific dog will still be available when you complete the process, but doing so will get you access to our "match making" service where you will have bios and pictures of multiple dogs that may be exactly what you're looking for! And, of course, there's always the possibility that the dog that sparked your initial interest will still be available!

Begin your application process by filling out an adoption application!


We start with the completed application and then check references/vet records. The next step is a home visit with family and one of our representatives. Once we have gathered all this information, we provide it to the Houston team. Then, we can set up a meet and greet with available dogs.

Essentially, Paddy's Paws provides the volunteer manpower and the rescues, well, do the rescue! Adoptions are approved by the team and transportation is arranged!

Can't adopt, but want to get involved? We will share opportunities to participate in fundraisers, volunteer, and raise awareness for homeless animals!




A few testimonials from our Facebook page:

"Paddy's Paws does an incredible job finding forever homes for pups in need. They not only save the pups lives, but also, the families getting an addition to their home. The application process is thoroughly thought out, and a great way to ensure the pups are going to a loving home that fits perfectly with their personality but also with the families. My significant other and I have adopted two pups from Paddy's Paws, and our pup fever is still strong. We have been ready for a third but our apartment would not be accommodating to another pup. Believe that when we get a bigger home and the timing is right, we will be seeking Paddy's Paws for our third addition to our family." 

- Adela Estrada, March 29, 2017

"I am truly impressed by Paddy's Paws organization. We adopted Tripp and Pepper from Paddy's Paws. We are truly in awe of their volunteers, foster homes, transportations and tips for families to adopt dogs."

- Karla Gunn, March 3, 2017

"Paddy's has been amazing to work with! We have had our guy less then 24 hours but he is amazing! Yesterday was a great experience! I loved that my son got to experience it as well. Everything was well organized, all the people we interacted with were so great! You all do such an amazing thing with these dogs, I am in awe!!"

- Becky Baltazar, January 23, 2017

"Paddy's Paws is simply amazing! The whole process of adopting went smoothly and Erin has been simply wonderful answering any and all questions I have had regarding our rescue. The foster homes in Houston do a great job prepping the dogs before they make the trip and I have been in contact with Max's (Buddy) foster home to check up and ask any questions. If I could give more than a 5 star I would. Paddy's Paws wants the best for every dog coming through and will ensure all steps are taken for a happy dog!"

- Mindy Hornish, November 2, 2016

"If I could give a 10 star I would. I had the most amazing experience working with Paddy's Paws. They are very fast at responding to messages. This rescue cares about the well being of all the animals. I love how they do home visits to make sure the dogs are going into the best home. The home visitor I had was excellent. I recently adopted a wonderful puppy and the foster home she was in was so wonderful for these dogs. The whole family cared for the dogs as they were their own. I can't say enough good about this rescue. I very highly recommend them."

- Katrina Fure, October 9, 2016









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