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Paws From Afar is a 501 (c)3 foster-based non-profit organization serving New England, that is dedicated to saving and finding homes for dogs that are in danger of abandonment, abuse or euthanasia.​ Our rescue primarily focuses on saving the most vulnerable dogs, seniors, injured, heartworm positive, death row and puppy mill dogs.

We are the voice for the voiceless.

With your help, we can continue to rescue and care for these wonderful dogs. Each one is unique and we won't stop until we find them their perfect furever home.


Deb founded Paws From Afar in 2018 to make a difference in the lives of animals in need across the country. Throughout her 20+ years of involvement in animal rescue and advocacy, and witnessing firsthand the tremendous need for permanent homes for cats, dogs, reptiles, sheep, fainting goats, horses and other animals, she has dedicated her life to rescuing the most vulnerable animals.

Deb Shapiro

PFA Founder and Animal Advocate

Paws From Afar (PFA) is a charitable organization as described in 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN# 43-4130557, registered in the state of Vermont. In accordance with the Internal Revenue Service Guidelines, PFA maintains discretion and sole control over the use of all donated funds. In practice, PFA honors the giving preferences for specific rescues/rescue operating costs. In rare cases, leftover donations/gifts will be used where needed. Therefore, donors explicitly release PFA from any and all restrictions on how those funds are spent. No goods or services are/were provided in return for any contribution. Contributions are tax-deductible to the limit allowed by law if the donor itemizes.

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