Pet Saviors

Patricia Lara & Paulina Claure turned their mutual adoration for animals into a humble foster-based organization called Wonder Paws Rescue to help neglected and ill animals find forever homes.
Words by Stacy Wynn | September 28, 2022 | People

Having spent many sleepless nights bottle feeding abandoned dogs and cats in their homes, picking up strays in Puerto Rico, Bolivia and The Bahamas, rescuing pets from kill shelters and even transporting animals via RV cross-country to fulfill adoption waitlists, Patricia Lara and her daughter Paulina Claure have realized their mission to “leave no animal behind.” Wonder Paws Rescue, which is 100% volunteer-based, provides temporary housing, medical care and rehabilitation services for neglected and sick animals in the community. To date, they have saved the lives of over 1,300 animals over the last 3 years. “Up to 90% of the animals we rescue have health concerns,” explains Lara. “We pay medical bills, spay, neuter and microchip every animal before adoption.” Most recently, they just launched a new facility that serves as a volunteer headquarters and meet & greet space for pets and families. It also features a well-curated pet boutique and a cat café where people are invited to enjoy a cup of coffee and play with cats available for adoption. On Oct. 15, Wonder Paws Rescue is hosting their annual Par For The Paws golf tournament fundraiser, which is open to the public with all proceeds going to the animals;