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Paws In Need is a local California 501(c)(3) Non-Profit organization with two primary programs supporting Tri-Valley community animals.

Spay/Neuter Program  - Paws In Need provides assistance in obtaining spay and neuter surgeries. We feel this is vital in reducing over-population in our community and needless euthanasia.

Just Like New Program - Paws In Need provides assistance in obtaining one-time medical treatment for animals when the owner does not have the necessary resources. Again, we feel this is vital to reduce the needless suffering and/or euthanasia of animals when the owner cannot afford required medical care.

For more information on either of these programs e-mail or leave a voicemail at (925) 551-1877.

Paws In Need

PO Box 3436 San Ramon, CA 94583

(925) 551-1877

Fed Tax ID : 45-5391297

An all-volunteer organization, managed by the following board members :

Cindy Ferrin - President: Companion animals have always been part of my life. As an officer and board member with various local animal groups over the past two decades, I was disappointed when a proposed spay/neuter program for community animals was not approved. This was the catalyst for starting Paws In Need. Every year approximately the same # of animals come through local shelters. We need to get in front of the problem since there are still not enough homes for all animals that are born. Make a difference and join our fundraising efforts so more animals can be helped.

Vice President - Vacant:

Treasurer: Vacant

Bea Bauerly - Secretary: The strings of my heart have always been pulled by animals, all animals. Over the years and ever since childhood, I have owned cats, dogs, rabbits, and Guinea pigs, hamsters, ducks, chickens, turtles, birds, fish and more. If I could and if my husband would let me, I probably would have a house full of pets. I am very fortunate to share that passion with many friends at Paws In Need (PIN). Animals cannot take care of themselves, they need guardians to watch out for them. PIN closes the gap left by regular rescue agencies by eliminating unnecessary suffering and euthanasia through a carefully managed spaying and neutering program. PIN is helping the animal population by targeting the source of the problem to destroying perfectly healthy companions.

Kenn Costanzo - Director: After a career in the health and wellness industry, the sudden loss of my beloved rescued cat, Bella, inspired me to learn more about pet health and nutrition. Immediately, I was driven to help other community animals in the Tri-Valley area. Because of the incredible passion and unrelenting commitment of its members, I found a perfect fit with Paws in Need. With an opportunity to honor Bella's memory, I realized a larger purpose where I can contribute my skills in program management and data analysis to the mission of Paws in Need. In my role as Spay & Neuter Program Director, I coordinate case assignments, manage program information, and provide data analysis and metrics to report and quantify program impact within the community. With everyone's help we're able to keep our pets healthy and help more animals in need of care.

Lisa Williams - Director: Having loved animals my entire life, when searching for a cause to be a part of, animal welfare and rescue was a natural first choice.  Joining several groups over the years, I have honed my skills in various segments within the animal world from fostering animals and adoption events to Board positions and fundraising.  I am proud to be a co-founder of Paws In Need, an organization whose culture is based on the principles of the necessity of spay/neuter in the Tri Valley area.

Miranda Helmer - Director: Miranda Helmer has followed Paws In Need since it began and in 2015 attended the very popular Valentine Crab feed and BBQ. She became a Board member in late 2016 and is tasked with Marketing and growing the organization. Miranda first started volunteering for animal causes in 2009. A few years later she got involved with Paws In Need after she found they had a unique offering that filled the gaps not met by other organizations providing funds for spaying/neutering and one time medical expenses when the animals' guardian does not have the resources. Miranda lives with her hubby and three Border Collie mixes. When not traveling, she can be found on nightly walks with her very lucky dogs who have a wonderful life.

Kirk Wagner - Director of Community Outreach: Kirk is tasked to bring awareness and new volunteers to the organization. Growing up in Santa Barbara, Kirk attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo studying civil engineering where he met his future wife. Upon graduation, Kirk moved to the Bay area and received his Master's from Stanford University. He currently lives and works in Pleasanton with his wife Stephanie and French Bulldog Pickles. Growing up, Kirk lived with a golden retriever, a parrot, and a fish. His compassion for animals stems from the realization that they cannot help themselves; they need a human touch. But often, people are the real reason animals need help. Kirk is excited to serve as an advocate for pets that need stable homes as he continues to raise awareness for the animals that have no voice. On the weekends (when he's not enjoying a nice glass of wine with Stephanie watching Pickles tug at toys) you can find Kirk enjoying anything outdoors, such as hiking, camping, snowboarding and wakeboarding.

Board Picture

Board of Directors from Left...Seated: Bea Bauerly, Lisa Williams, Cindy Ferrin...Standing: Miranda Helmer, Karen Simon, Kirk Wagner, Kenn Costanzo

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