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Who We Are...

Photo of a painting done by Lucy, a Border Collie


The Paws for Love Foundation is a resource for shelters and rescue organizations in the Western States.

We offer:
* funding assistance for emergencies
* support for rescue efforts
* spay & neuter clinics to reduce the number of unwanted pets
* adoption promotion
* home to the "Silver Paws for Love" Senior-to-Senior adoption program

Paws for Love began in Healdsburg, CA, as small and unique art exhibit in 2000. This simple concept of original art created by rescue and shelter animals themselves has grown into an exciting annual fundraiser and much-anticipated event every February in the North Bay region of California. The animals paint with their paws and tails, creating delightful abstract and impressionistic works of art! - Painting magic with rescue animals in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, at Green Dog Rescue in Windsor, and Forgotten Felines in Rohnert Park will take place this summer.

Having assisted local animal shelters in Sonoma County in its early years, Paws for Love moved forward to become a fully independent 501c3 nonprofit organization now known as the Paws for Love Foundation. In this way, we would be able to benefit many organizations by pursuing our vision of making a difference in the lives of homeless and unwanted pets by providing resources and funding to shelters, rescue groups, and individuals dedicated to improving the health, welfare, and adoptability of unwanted and abused animals both locally and beyond the borders of the North Bay.

Photo of Ellyn and Lucy
Paws for Love was founded by Ellyn Jaques Boone, a northern California artist with a passion for helping animals. Ellyn has been painting with shelter animals for many years. She began her unusual journey when her own shelter dogs, Woody and Cooper, raced across a painting-in-progress which she had placed on the floor. The brightly colored paw prints they tracked through the house inspired her to assist them in the creation of paintings to be given as gifts to friends. In February of 2000, she turned her special skill into a fundraiser to benefit a local animal shelter by launching an art show, sale, and auction she dubbed "Paws for Love."

Each painting whether a soft, impressionistic paw print or bold colorful abstract is framed, titled, and accompanied by a photo and biography of the "artist". The paintings sell quickly, usually within an hour of the exhibit's opening.

"We communicate with our animals in so many ways," muses Boone. "These unexpected artists may not know the difference between an O'Keeffe and a Matisse, but they all respond to kindness and affection. Together, we hope that each little painting might capture the attention of just the right person who will subsequently decide to adopt one (or more!) of these devoted companions."


Our Board of Directors and Director of Volunteers
Photo of Ellyn Boone Ellyn Jaques Boone, President
As the founder and president of the Paws for Love Foundation, Ellyn Boone is an artist with a passion for helping animals. She has been an innkeeper, a skier, a poet, a cowgirl, a house designer, and a photographer. Helping save the lives of homeless animals through Paws for Love has been a dream come true and the career that has eclipsed all others. Ellyn lives with her border collies and her husband in Sonoma County and Wyoming.
Photo of Lynn with Dog Lynn Badger, Vice President
I am a true dog lover and have been involved in a wide variety of dog related events and organizations. Since my retirement a few years ago I have been very active with 3 different non-profits. I am working with my new golden retriever getting her ready to do social therapy work. She will be my second golden doing this type of work. I also work with Bergin University of Canine Studies helping with the puppies that will be trained as service dogs. The third organization is Paws for Love. About 10 years ago I went to their fundraiser event held in February and I was hooked. The last few years I work with volunteers to get the silent auction ready for that event. Each year, I am getting a bit more involved. It is a unique non-profit that helps where there is such a need. Helping not only dogs, but cats and more. A great organization that I am happy to be a part of.
Photo of Karen Karen Rogers, Treasurer
I grew up in Healdsburg, having extensive family ties going back many generations. My daughter, Krista, and I have been involved in helping homeless pets through California Animal Rescue, fostering over 150 dogs and cats. We photographed each dog and cat we fostered, and at the end of every year we created a poster with all the animals who called Camp Runamuck “home” for awhile. Happily, after their stay with us, most went on to find new homes. But one special little guy – an abandoned puppy born with deformed legs – remained in our home and hearts forever. We fostered T Rex throughout his surgeries and recuperation, and we met the Paws for Love Foundation during this time. Soon, I went from being his “foster” to a proud mama! T Rex is an inspiration to everyone who meets him, and he has now become a veteran artist for “Paws for Love.” For the past 26 years I have worked for a Healdsburg accounting firm as office manager/tax preparer.
Photo of Susan Susan Foppiano-Valera, Director
Susan is a fourth-generation Healdsburg native whose interests include photography, travel, and horseback riding.
Daughter of Louis J. Foppiano, the patriarch of one of California's oldest family-owned wineries, she grew up on the winery estate her family has owned since 1896. She still resides on the property with her husband, dog Cate, cats, and three horses.
She has been involved with Paws for Love since its beginning in 2000.
Photo of Pat Pat Delaplane, Director
Pat was not a pet person until a little Peach Faced Lovebird flew into her kitchen. After being unsuccessful at finding the owner, Pat decided that this was an omen and they were brought together to take care of each other. Peachy now has a feathered partner named Mojo. It was at a women's group meeting where Pat learned about Paws for Love and the romance with dog paintings began. Muffy, her Maltese-Poodle mixed rescue, is now a quite accomplished artist. In her retirement, Pat has taken classes at SRJC and has received Certificates in Graphic Design, Winemaking, Hospitality, Viticulture, Photoshop, and the other Adobe Graphic Design programs. She is a volunteer Webmaster for non-profit groups and has done Graphic Design for several non-profits including Paws for Love.
JoAnne Malerbi, Director
I grew up in upstate New York in a small dairy community where I learned to love and care for a variety of animals. I came to California in 1984 for a visit, fell in love with Sonoma county and made it my home. I volunteered for the Gala and knew then that I wanted to do something to help these animals in need, and finding Paws for Love was exactly the organization I wanted to be part of. I have been a dog lover all my life and after the passing of my last dog, my husband and I are now the proud owners of 3 abandoned cats who found their way to us all at different times.
Kim Olney, Director of Volunteers
I have recently relocated back to Sonoma County after living for a while in Paradise California. I am currently living in Cloverdale. My “day job” is working through the registry, Outsource Resource where I am a Registered Dental Assistant. This I have been doing since 1979 I share my home with “Carl” a shepherd retriever, collie mix who is 14 years old and a 2-year-old female cat named Piper. Besides my position with “Paws for Love,” I also volunteer for CDA Cares, Great Shape, 1,000 Smiles, Redwood Food Bank and Sonoma Family Meals. When not working at my day job or volunteering I try find some time for travel, water aerobics, spin and zumba.

What We Do...

Photo of a painting done by Bella, a Border Collie
Bella Rouge uses her tail for her
Jackson Pollack splatter effects



The Paws for Love Foundation is a resource for shelters and rescue organizations in the Western States.

We offer:
* Funding assistance for emergencies
* Support for rescue efforts
* Spay & Neuter clinics to reduce the number of unwanted pets
* Adoption promotion
* Home to the "Silver Paws for Love" Senior-to-Senior adoption program

The mission of the Paws for Love Foundation is to provide resources and funding to shelters, rescue groups, and individuals dedicated to improving the health, welfare, and adoptability of unwanted and abused animals. The Paws for Love Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, and all donations to our organization are tax-deductible.

Paws for Love is a volunteer non-profit foundation. We depend solely on donations and the proceeds from our events to accomplish our mission of assisting animals at risk.

The heart of our annual February fundraising gala—called "Paws for Love"—is a captivating gallery of paintings created by shelter and rescue animals. In addition to the sale of these paintings, we also feature a grand benefit auction—both silent and live–with vacation getaways, services, merchandise, pet-related packages, and award-winning wines.

Funds raised from this event, as well as from smaller events held throughout the year and private donations, greatly benefit the animals of Sonoma County, the Bay Area, and beyond. The Paws for Love Foundation provides funds to rehabilitate adoptable animals by providing necessary medical treatment, rehabilitation, and adoption expenses, for animals in shelters and foster care programs.

Here are a few of the groups and individuals who have received funding from the Paws for Love Foundation so far this year, 2018:

  • Forgotten Felines of Sonoma Co.
  • Animal Adoption Center,
  • Best Friends Animal Society
  • Moonsong Malamute Rescue
  • Sequoia Humane Society
  • Green Dog Rescue Project
  • Old Dogs New Tricks
  • H.E.L.P.
  • Westside German Shepherd Rescue
  • Forgotten Paws Animal Rescue
  • Live Love Animal Rescue
  • Happy Tails Dachshund Rescue
  • Arctic Breeds Rescue
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  • Arctic Rescue Southwest
  • Sonoma CHANGE Program
  • Basset Hound Rescue of Southern CA
  • Other Mothers Animal Rescue
  • Animal Town Sanctuary
  • Wonder Dog Rescue
  • New Beginnings of Merced Co.
  • Cochise Canine
  • Low Riders of the West
  • H.O.P.E. (Helping Out Pets Everyday)
  • START (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team)
  • The Little Red Dog
  • Sonoma County Animal Services
  • If you think you or your group may qualify for funding from the Paws for Love Foundation, please review our FUNDING GUIDELINES here. Animals benefitting from funding must be within a rescue or shelter program, or being fostered and rehabilitated for adoption. Applications are available upon request. For more information, email Ellyn Boone.

    Rescue pup T Rex was born with deformed front legs.
    Little pup T Rex was born with deformed front legs. He had been abandoned in a parking lot by a man selling puppies...he left the little pup behind when no one wanted him. His life was saved when he was picked up by a kind woman and rescued by California Animal Rescue. Paws for Love assisted with funding to repair one of his front legs...he is currently recovered happily in his adopted home, running and playing on his 3 "good" legs!
    Buzzy received funding from Paws for Love for surgery to repair his broken femur.
    This sweet young guy was left on the side of a busy highway in Manhattan Beach. He had a broken femur and couldn't move. Local Animal Control picked him up and notified us. Surgery to repair his leg soon followed, and he has made an excellent recovery! He now lives in his new "forever" home with his mom and dad...and an identical white furry dog brother.
    Paws for Love provided a hip replacement for Triton, a stray Cane Corso mix.
    Wonderful Triton, a stray Cane Corso mix, was being fostered by Redwood Pals Rescue. Needing hip replacement surgery, we heard his story and immediately agreed to assist with funding, giving him a pain free life and chance at a new adoptive home.
    Nikki will receive surgery for mammary tumors and bad hips with funding provided by Paws for Love
    Sweet Nikki is 5 years old and is in the care of California Animal Rescue with mammary tumors and bad hips. She will receive surgery with funding from the Paws for Love Foundation and will have a chance at a brand new life...in a new home of her own.

    The mission of the Paws for Love Foundation is to provide resources and funding to shelters, rescue groups, and individuals dedicated to improving the health, welfare, and adoptability of unwanted and abused animals. The Paws for Love Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization, and all donations to our organization are tax-deductible.

    " They give us a sense of hope when we think there is none; they give us a kind of love
    that stirs our hearts in a way no other creature can."


    Open your heart and home to adoptable animals waiting for you!




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