A Year In Review: 2017 Highlights & Updates

As we enter 2018, we look back on the past year with so much gratitude and joy. Core Paws had a great year in 2017, and we want to share some of our favorite highlights with all of you.

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2017 Statistics

  • More than 225,000 potential adopters visited CorePaws.com this year!
  • We had over 1 million page views on our website this year!
  • 147 hard-to-place animals featured on Core Paws found forever homes in 2017!
    • 69 dogs adopted
    • 78 cats adopted
  • More than 140 other hard-to-place animals were newly showcased on the Core Paws website, bringing them much-needed exposure to make sure they’ll never be overlooked again.

Odie’s Fund Update: Ghost


A deserving dog who feared the world got his desperately-needed outdoor enclosure, thanks to Core Paws’ Odie’s Fund. Ghost was a feral dog whose fear of humans literally stopped his heart when taken in by Paws Humane, our partner in Columbus, Georgia. Ghost needed to be outside in order to continue healing and we wanted to help!

Core Paws raised over $900 for an outdoor enclosure to help Ghost adapt. It has been a slow road to recovery, but now, Ghost has his very own foster family!

Paws Humane told us, “We found a wonderful dog-savvy foster mom for him, and he’s been at her house for about a month now. We are still actively looking for a forever home, but getting him into this foster home has been amazing! You can tell he enjoys being inside, but he just has to learn that not every movement/noise is scary. Thanks for everything that Core Paws has done for Ghost and the rest of the homeless animals!”

Learn more about adopting Ghost here.

Amazing Adoption Stories

Donna & Delia found a forever home after 7 years


Our Core Paws partner Save a Sato Rescue had all but given up hope on two particular dogs rescued from Puerto Rico’s streets and brought to their New York shelter. Donna and Delia had been waiting patiently for years with no luck.

They were an especially hard-to-place case because Donna and Delia are a bonded pair. With their background of growing up in the streets, they were also very shy and fearful of new people.

Fortunately, their new mom Kristi found the girls on the Core Paws website, and she fell in love. The rest is history. We’re so thrilled that Donna and Delia now know what the unconditional love of a family feels like!

Read more about Donna and Delia’s adoption story here.

Minerva found her forever family

Jed and Minerva

Sweet, paralyzed Minerva was a recipient of Odie’s Fund at the end of 2016. Just a kitten, she was found on the side of the road, alone, and paralyzed in her back legs. She could not stand on her own and, in her trauma, did not retain bladder control.

A compassionate veterinary hospital had provided Minerva with the extensive, immediate medical care she needed, and our partners at Cat’s Cradle Rescue stepped up to support her. We were able to find Minerva a foster mom, and we raised $900 to help with Minerva’s stem cell treatment at Viking Veterinary Care in Portland, Oregon.

In veterinary care there, Minerva met someone special: Jed, the veterinary technician who assisted her during her stem cell therapy. He absolutely fell in love with her, and Jed and his wife adopted Minerva in January 2017!

Read more about Minerva’s adoption story here.

Events and fundraisers

Second annual Dog Honoring Ceremony


This October, Core Paws hosted its second annual Dog Honoring Ceremony. Although it fell on a rainy Saturday in Portland, Oregon, the weather didn’t keep Portlanders from attending this special event! Inspired by the second day of Tihar, the week-long Hindu festival of lights that occurs in Nepal, we celebrated the intimate relationship between humans and dogs. In 2018, we hope to be able to continue this event as an opportunity to honor our canine family members and raise funds for dogs without homes to find their forever families.

Learn more about our Dog Honoring Ceremony here.

Core Paws Strut Your Mutt team


This year, we participated in Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt event, an annual charity event for the No More Homeless Pets Network.

We raised over $6,000 — thanks to all of you! — and Core Paws won third place for highest fundraiser in Oregon. Great job, everyone!

We’re so excited to be utilizing some of the funds raised to update the Core Paws website to be even better. Look forward to its launch, in the New Year!

Written by Joanna Wong, Email Marketing Manager of Core Paws


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