Every year, an estimated 1.5 million companion animals are euthanized in our nation's shelter system. We aim to dramatically reduce that number.


Our Mission

Our mission is to save as many lives as possible and put an end to animal abuse, abandonment and neglect. We strive reduce shelter overpopulation, needless euthanasia, owner surrenders and the number of stray animals who roam our streets by promoting spaying and neutering, responsible pet ownership and pet retention.


Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue is a 501(c)(3) all- animal foster-based rescue organization dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming abused, abandoned, neglected and stray companion animals.

We rescue the pets that no one else will - severe medical, abuse and behavioral cases, pregnant pets and their litters, and senior pets. A primary focus of our rescue efforts is on saving pets in kill shelters and giving them a second chance at having a great life! However, we've rescued dogs from dog fighting rings; newborn puppies found in the street; kittens left in a box in a park; pets that have been abandoned in homes or yards when their owners moved; and even pets that have been thrown from moving vehicles.

So many of the pets we rescue have a long road to recovery, both physically and emotionally. But, we work with some of the best veterinarians and dog trainers in the business. We are there with them every step of the way to ensure that those wounds heal, and they are placed in responsible and loving forever homes when the time is right.

Headquartered in Orange County, California, Paw Prints in the Sand is an all-volunteer, all-foster organization committed to animals in need, providing them with the utmost care, and helping them learn to love and trust again. We take considerable care in finding the perfect home for our rescue pets and educating prospective adopters about the responsibilities and costs of bringing a pet into their homes and lives.

We also serve as a resource to pet owners by providing education and information on responsible pet ownership, including positive behavior training and information on good nutrition. We are here to assist you in every possible way throughout the adoption process and will continue to be a resource after you have welcomed your new pet into your life.