Molly is the creator of the P.A.W.S. Project. She has had a passion for animals since she was two years old. Her love and kindness started the P.A.W.S. Project in 2016. With a modest goal of $2500, Molly set out on a mission to spend one year raising funds, awareness, and spending volunteer time at shelters in New England. The project grew beyond her dreams, helping 14 groups and traveling to Georgia twice to help two of the groups that rescued her Gracie. At the end of one year Molly had raised $28,000, solicited over $40,000 of items from corporations, and facilitated the rescue of 79 dogs from high kill shelters who have all come to New England and found their forever homes. An unbelievable accomplishment for such a young girl. Molly has been recognized in local newspapers, local and national magazines, and on television being granted the WHDH Boston "Class Act Award". She is also a recipient of the prestigious "Young Hero's Award".
Mindy is willing to admit that up until eight years ago she really never wanted a dog. Not growing up with them she had no idea the love and companionship a dog could give. Thanks to Molly's love of animals all of that changed. Watching Molly through her project inspired Mindy to want to do more also - and to support Molly with the creation of the P.A.W.S. Project Foundation. With Mindy's passion and extensive background in fundraising, public speaking and event planning she is thrilled to assist Molly's efforts to bring P.A.W.S. Project to a new level of success. This will facilitate the rescue of many more animals and bring much needed funding to organizations currently involved in rescue and sheltering. Mindy also spends time as kennel staff and an adoption coordinator for Great Dog Rescue NE, sits on the board of EARL'S Hope Rescue, and continues to volunteer weekly with Molly at Cape Ann Animal Aid.
Riley is a seven year old rescue from Tennessee. Riley's mom, Precious, was found on the side of a mountain by hikers just passing by, and they carried the pregnant Precious down to safety where she gave birth to six puppies. Precious and the puppies were transported north thanks to Great Dog Rescue New England. The Wogan family found Riley on their website at just five weeks old and she became their first dog. It was the love for Riley that first inspired the Wogan family to begin volunteering at a shelter in 2014, when Molly was only 9 years old. In Riley's honor they continue to volunteer at that shelter every week.
Gracie was rescued by EARLs Hope Rescue in Georgia in 2015 and brought north to Cape Ann Animal Aid in Gloucester 6 months later. She had been abandoned by her owner because she was pregnant. When she was found and taken to the county shelter she gave birth to 10 puppies. Gracie had heart worm, pneumonia and other illnesses, and had likely been hit by a car. Despite all this, she nursed all her puppies back to health. EARLs Hope named her Grace for the love and care she showed her puppies. During a volunteer shift at Cape Ann Animal Aid the Wogan family met Grace and knew she would be a part of their family. A letter from SueAnn Eady of EARLs Hope rescue began a relationship between the Wogan family and southern rescue that was the true inspiration for the P.A.W.S. Project.