A Helping Paw Inc

aka A.H.P.   |   Buzzards Bay, MA   |  www.ahelpingpaw.org

Mission

A No-kill organization that focuses on ending the deaths and creulty of innocent pets through means of pet rescue and rehab, public assistance and education. Providing resources to the public to better help them understand the pets they keep and how they can improve the lives of not only owned pets but also homeless pets. Provide our sheltered pets with a relaxing and enriched environment while awaiting adoption, not only increases the health of shelter pets but also shows the public these pets are valuable beings.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Chrissy Tomkiewicz

Main address

PO Box 387

Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

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EIN

03-0385126

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (W12)

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

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Our programs

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Our Humane Society works with and educates the community about the tragic companion animal overpopulation problem that causes thousands of unwanted healthy animals to be killed each year. AHP rescues and rehabilitates homeless animals from the streets so they no longer need to suffer thirst, starvation, fear and ultimately death. These animals are cared for and receive all necessary medical care, and socialization so they can be placed up for adoption into new caring homes. Our small shelter prides itself on the individual care each animal receives. Unlike most traditional shelters, we offer these animals a cage-free enriched environment as they await adoption.

AHP feels public education is crucial to ending the suffering of our companion animals and in making a kinder more compassionate future for both humans and animals. To reach our younger generation, AHP provides the publication Kind News to area classrooms. This award winning publication not only encourages reading, but also teaches kindness and compassion to all beings. With additional funding we hope to provide every school on Cape Cod and surrounding areas with this wonderful publication.

Through our aggressive spay/neuter programs we are able to drastically reduce the amount of unwanted litters being born which leads to a reduction of healthy animals being destroyed due to lack of good homes. By spaying/neutering all shelter pets prior to adoption, AHP guarantees our pets will not add to the overpopulation problem. AHP will continue to increase our spay/neuter program for elderly and low-income individuals as funding becomes available.

Our ?Angel Wings? program places older calm pets with those elderly and disabled individuals who will most benefit from daily companionshiand helps keep elderly/disabled individuals more active which leads to better mental and physical health. AHP provides ongoing support including temporary boarding should the person become ill, and also financial support for food and medical care. AHP?s Angel Wings program has been listed in the HSUS?s 101 Great Shelter Ideas Magazine.

Our feral cat trap/neuter/return program helps reduce the amount of cats and kittens born on our streets. Cats and kittens born in the wild spend everyday in fear searching for any form of food that will help them live another day. . Ultimately they will die a horrible death at a very young age. AHP traps both adults and kittens, once trapped adults will be spayed/neutered and vaccinated prior to returning. Kittens will receive ongoing socialization until they are ready for adoption.

Our newest addition to our programs is our sanctuary in Grafton NH. The sanctuary is surrounded by 43 acres of serene beauty. The sanctuary will provide a permanent home for animals deemed unadoptable by society. Due to lack of good homes, animals such as these are typically destroyed in traditional shelters. AHP?s Happy Tails sanctuary will provide a safe, caring, environmentally enriched home for these animals for the remainder of their lives. Extensive rehabilitation to the 1200 sqf. barn began in September 2003 and with the dedication and hard work of our volunteers should be completed in August 2004. Funds are still needed to finish the project and additional funds will help us add on a kitty play yard so the kitties can enjoy the great outdoors safely. After phase one of the project is complete, funds will be needed to add an adoption center, feral cat housing, a dog facility and other additional

Population(s) Served

AHP takes pride in working with pets that are destroyed at traditional facilities due to mild medical or behaviour issues. Often times we take pets in from other facilities that are unable to offer them long-term care. Our dedicated staff rehabs these pets by giving them the extra care they deserve and places them into new loving homes.

Population(s) Served

AHP's volunteers work endlessly to apply for grants and raise funds especially to asssit low-income people ensure all their pets are spayed/neutered so we can together make a major impact in the reduction of unwanted animals. Funds collected go directly to helping these low-income people cover the cost of spay/neuter surgery for their pets.

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A Helping Paw Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/4/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Trish Frascetti

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Chrissy Tomkiewicz President

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Ernie Tomkiewicz Vice President

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Sharon Steele Treasurer

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Mary Hill Secretary

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