Adding to our highlights of various charities the women of TNH support, here is member Summer Sinclair sharing about her passion for Paw Parent. We will be voting on our next charity to donate at our upcoming meeting! Sign up for our pledge to stay connected with what The New Hollywood is supporting and donating to as well as our latest events! Enjoy!
Paw Parent: A Safe Haven for Lost Animals
By Summer E. Sinclair
Paw Parent Animal Sanctuary
A 501(c)(3), non-profit, no-kill organization whose mission is:
• To provide lifetime care for pets whose guardians are no longer capable of doing so, due to old age, illness or death, thereby preventing cruelty, pain and suffering to both pets and guardians.
• To rescue, shelter and find permanent, loving homes for abused and abandoned animals.
• To actively promote spay and neutering to reduce pet overpopulation.
When I first met Isabel Czaki, over ten years ago in her salon chair, she was rescuing my rogue pink hair from a bad fire engine red dye job. As she brought it back to a lovable blond hue, she showed me photos of the homeless dogs she had recently rescued, staying at her apartment. I was living in a studio that didn’t allow pets; however, I was so impressed and amazed by her passion to keep strays alive and find them good homes. She also rescues cats, and they all manage to cohabitate symbiotically.
Several years back, Isabel told me she had given up her WeHo apartment, and bought a large piece of property in Lancaster. I thought she was crazy…until she described her vision for Paw Parent. A home, not just a temporary shelter, for widowed, abandoned or abused pets. A tribe of barking dogs needs space, and few neighbors in close proximity, so Lancaster is a great fit!
Isabel still commutes three days a week to West Hollywood to cut and color her loyal salon clientele. That is true dedication, in traffic. There have been many times I have come across a lost dog or cat without tags, in my neighborhood and called her for advice: 1) take the pet to a vet to detect for any microchip to see if they have an owner, 2) If no owner can be found, keep them overnight in an enclosed patio or balcony, 3) put up flyers with pet’s photoyou’re your contact number, 4) post photo and information on community social media sites. I have helped two lost dogs in my neighborhood reunite with their owners in the last six months, thanks to Isabel’s great advice! Shelters are the last place you want to take homeless animals, because they have a short window before they euthanize.
Every year there is an entertaining fundraiser for Paw Parent - this is Los Angeles after all - most recently “Strut Your Mut!” I whole-heartedly support Paw Parent, because Isabel Czaki is the real deal. She has a true passion for saving our pet population by providing a safe haven with the ultimate goal of finding each dog and cat a long-term, loving home.
Find out more about how you can help our four-legged friends at: www.pawparent.org
*Please note that not all experiences, beliefs and ideas are shared by each member of the “The New Hollywood.” We are a group of shepherds, not sheep.