PAWS shakes hands with its new charity status!

Some of the  PAWS volunteers
Some of the PAWS volunteers

Thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts of volunteers and local help, Pennine Animal Welfare has successfully raised enough money to become a registered charity.

After an extremely rewarding launch of their first annual ‘Family Fun Day’ in July, PAWS has managed to raise the allotted £6,000 a year needed to qualify as a charity in only six months – a fantastic feat for a small, voluntary run organisation.

The fun day, which was held in brilliant sunshine at Todmorden High School, was a major promotional and fundraising event for the charity’s work.

Jess Fallows and Sue Curran, who run PAWS, have only been working together since January and have set their sights on providing an organisation to help rescue and re-home abandoned and abused dogs and cats. They have so far managed to re-home 49 dogs and 28 cats, with seven still pending.

Jess said: “Thank you to everyone, volunteers and the local community alike, who have helped and enabled us to do this.

“Many businesses have shown an interest in supporting us after visiting our fun day. We will officially be a registered charity in September.”

Through this continued support, PAWS is hoping to expand, with the building of premises and kennels for rescued animals.

“We are hoping to be able to help other animals in need, such as rabbits. Sue has even taken in a horse before now. We don’t want to turn animals away,” said Jess.

PAWS is continually fundraising through cake stalls, car boots and raffles in a bid to help as many animals as possible.

One volunteer member, Lisa Kaye, recently completed the Three Peaks Challenge with one of PAWS’ foster dogs, Tod, raising £250 for the cause.

Tod was abandoned outside a local supermarket after being bred as a “bait dog”.

Through PAWS, he has been re-integrated and is a gorgeous boy waiting for a new home.

PAWS is looking for new volunteers and foster families.

If anyone is interested in finding out more information about PAWS, they are asked to contact Sue on 07833736325 or Jess on 07724015153; or visit the website:

Everyone is welcome to attend the monthly meetings, with the next one being held on Wednesday, September 3, at 6.30pm at Todmorden Fire Station, Stansfield Road, in Todmorden town centre.