About Us

In 2012, as a volunteer at the local county animal control shelter, Trisha Houlihan was saddened by the volume of German Shepherd Dogs being listed for euthanasia. She recognized there were very little resources for the rescue of this breed, so she created a place for them —¬†Saving Paws Rescue AZ, a place that would be a safe harbor for German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois dogs. What started out as a small group of volunteers using foster homes and boarding facilities has grown into a rescue saving more than 200 dogs every year. Unfortunately the demand for homes for abandoned dogs continues. Saving Paws Rescue AZ operates through private donations and charitable grants received to help these special dogs. Saving Paws Rescue AZ is a 100% volunteer run organization. The dedicated volunteers make it all possible. They foster dogs, care for dogs, transport dogs, perform administrative tasks and give freely of their skills and talents. Saving Paws Rescue AZ does not believe that behavioral, medical or age are should be an automatic death sentence. SPRAZ will often take those that others will not.

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Executive Director/Founder
Trisha Houlihan

Adoption Coordinator(s)
Jo Anne Gordinier
Tara Lopez (Puppies)

Volunteer Coordinator
Danielle Escarcega

Foster Dog Coordinator
Mary Webb Hoskyns

Web Admin
Kevin B.
Gina D.

Michelle Forester

Social Media Coordinator(s)
Tuesdi Woodworth (Facebook)
Danielle Escarcega (Instagram)

Dog Training
Jeff Mason

Grant & Administration
Charis Williams

Susan Pratt