PAWS Performing Animal Welfare Society

The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 1985 by Hollywood animal trainer and author, Pat Derby, and her partner, Ed Stewart. PAWS is the only animal welfare society dedicated to the rescue of performing and exotic animals from cruel confinement and performances of pain. Among our greatest concerns are the treatment of animals in circuses, animal acts, television and movies, as well as the problem of excess captive breeding, inadequate standards for captive wildlife and the exotic animal trade.


The Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) captive wildlife sanctuaries are places where abandoned, abused, or retired performing animals and victims of the exotic animal trade can live in peace and dignity. For more than 25 years PAWS has been at the forefront of efforts to rescue and provide appropriate, humane sanctuary for animals who have been the victims of the exotic and performing animal trades.

PAWS investigates reports of abused performing and exotic animals, documents cruelty and assists in investigations and prosecutions by regulatory agencies to alleviate the suffering of captive wildlife.


Performing Animal Welfare Society
PO Box 849,
Galt, CA 95632
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