Ways to Donate
What is an "in-kind" donation?
For PAWS, an in-kind donation is anything and everything that you give that we can recycle to better serve our clients. Pet food, pet accessories like leashes and toys, flea medications, and office supplies, are all considered in-kind donations. In addition, pro-bono professional services such as graphic design, veterinary and grooming services, dog training, and any other type of skill that might be utilized by a nonprofit business are all considered in-kind donations. PAWS benefits from nearly $300,000 of in-kind donations annually.
Because of the rapidly changing nature of technology and the requirements of our office network, we are unable to accept used computer equipment.
Can I donate food, medications, and pet accessories to PAWS that have been opened or used?
PAWS relies on donated pet items to fulfill requests and reduce costs for our clients to care for their companion animals. We ask that used items be in good condition and that donated litter boxes and carriers be cleaned first. For the safety of our clients beloved animals, we ask that all opened food products and medications remain in their original packaging. We are unable to accept expired food or medications. We also cannot accept needles or syringes.
There are also many animals who are in need of special dietary requirements for whom you may purchase food and then donate it to PAWS on their behalf. See our Wish List section for details.
Where do I drop off my donation?
Items may be dropped of at our office (3170 23rd St, San Francisco, between Shotwell and South Van Ness) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday (closed on Wednesday) from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm (closed for lunch between 1pm and 2pm) or by special arrangement. On Saturdays, donated items may be dropped off at our Pet Food Bank from 10:30am to 12:30pm. The Pet Food Bank is located at the PAWS office. Please note that the Pet Food Bank is closed on holiday weekends.
Can I write off in-kind donations when I file my taxes?
Yes, if it is a tangible good that you are donating and not a service. When you contribute an item to PAWS please include your name and address so that we may send you a tax receipt letter. PAWS is a registered 501(c)(3) organization, so donations are deductible to the full extent of the law. It is your responsibility to put a value on the items that you have donated. Please speak to your tax preparer if you have specific questions about tax-deductible donations.