Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization.
Panacea Animal Wellness Sanctuary (PAWSaz) exists to create a community in which there is no unnecessary animal euthanasia.
Serving the greater Phoenix metropolitan area and surrounding region, PAWSaz will bring our mission into reality by:
- Building a sanctuary/safe haven for domestic animals at risk of homelessness or euthanasia;
- Providing medical assistance to animals at risk;
- Facilitating placement and adoption of animals in need with individuals and families committed to providing forever homes;
- Supporting pet food bank services;
- Actively engaging media outlets to increase public awareness of animal-specific issues which can lead to unnecessary animal euthanasia;
- Providing education to policymakers, lawmakers, and the public on animal rights, animal welfare, and animal wellness;
- Collaborating with public and private entities (individuals, foundations, corporations, and others) to raise funds to offset the costs associated with caring for and supporting animals in need.
The vision encompasses providing a roof over the head of and medical assistance to homeless animals, as well as by keeping the pets in the homes of those who cannot afford to feed or provide for proper medical care.
We believe that there should be a place for every domestic animal, be it with a family or in a safe haven/sanctuary. The public is still grossly uneducated about animal rights, animal welfare and animal wellness. This must be changed in order to make a difference in the future. The laws pertaining to keeping / breeding animals must be more stringent to help avoid future overpopulation. Education regarding spaying / neutering should start early, in the schools. The “pitbull” problem falls into this category as well, as they are over-represented in the shelters and pounds, and the stigma surrounding the pitbull has to be corrected in the public eye.
There are many animals that are surrendered by owners because of the medical costs needed for their care. For these animals we provide medical assistance. We strive to keep the animals in their families, so for disadvantaged households we provide financial support toward veterinary care. For the animals that are not adoptable after medical treatment, due to chronic illness or special needs, both seniors and younger animals alike, we provide a loving sanctuary/ safe haven where they can live the rest of their lives in dignity and receive the necessary veterinary care and nurturing from volunteers. These animals do not live in cages, quite the contrary. They live in a family style, group home setting.
Our foster/adoption program is done through volunteers/ foster homes only. Our volunteers attend adoption events with the animals, and designated adoption managers make home visits to ensure the animals will be adopted into the right homes.
We have, since our inception, rescued over 250 dogs and 21 cats from euthanasia. Our other focus is on horses, and we have taken one horse in who is now a permanent member of the sanctuary.
There are currently 10 dogs and 6 cats living in the sanctuary, but this number fluctuates upward to 20. Most sanctuary members are chronically ill, special needs seniors, although there are younger, handicapped dogs living with us as well. Most members have special medical needs.
Our fundraising efforts have been successful, we have had 4 larger events: a dinner soiree, a dog friendly hike, a wine tasting and a golf tournament. Our upcoming events include our 2nd annual golf tournament and a dog friendly walk/run.
We have also raised funds through our adoption events, and receive donations from the public. We offer equine assisted therapy (EAGALA) with the 6 horses at the sanctuary, which will generate funds for PAWSaz. Clearly, this is not our main focus, but just one more way to generate some income to help the animals.
Our goal is to have a large sanctuary, with different structures for the different needs of the animals (such as the senior canines, the younger, disabled dogs, the cats with FELV/FIV, birds, farm animals and horses).