Tell the City Red Paw's Services are Important to its Residents

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At the end of July we informed the Philadelphia Fire Department and the Office of Emergency Management that we would be discontinuing our services effective October 1st, 2020. This has essentially been a 10-year pilot program, and throughout the course of those years, we’ve adjusted our model and have learned a lot. A decade of experience has enabled us to become the experts on how these vital services can best be sustained and replicated in other cities. If the first six months of 2020 have taught us anything, it is that our current stand-alone response model of a nonprofit organization is neither replicable nor sustainable.

Unfortunately, this decision is not a money thing. It’s a model thing. After ten years of championing and implementing these services, we are certain that our current model is neither replicable or sustainable. The 24/7/365 emergency services that we are providing cannot survive on an island as a stand alone organization.

We’ve consistently met with the city over the last five years to tell them that and to try to provide options for integration, so that the vital services we provide to the residents of the city can live on forever and could be a successful model for other cities. It has to be a change in thinking from the top down and buy-in.
Which leads us to what you can do to help; Let the city know that pets are family too and that these services are important to the residents of Philadelphia!

We know that the services Red Paw provides to the residents of this city are needed. We know the services we provide are effective and invaluable. We have the numbers to prove it. In the last nine year we’ve assisted over 3,750 families and nearly 7,200 pets affected by residential fires and disasters. And national statistics concur, 67% of U.S.homes have at least two pets. 92% of pet owners consider pets family. And, Americans spend 70 billion dollars a year on their pets.

We have provided this info along with a plan for integration of services to the City, should they decide in the future to do so and we would be eager to work with them to develop a model that would transition our services to the PFD in a financially feasible way so that the residents of Philadelphia & our partners who deserve our services would still get the proven assistance they desperately need on-scene.

Pets are family. During a disaster its not either or - its not either people or pets, its people and pets! We know this now more than ever when during the events of the last 6 months some have had only their pets to keep them grounded in an uncertain world. We love this city and its residents and have been extremely proud to have been able to provide a little bit of relief to so many of our neighbors on their worst days.