About Us

Pakistan Animal Welfare Society coordinates help for animals in need through Facebook and Twitter by putting people in touch with each other. We also help find homes for rescued animals that are up for adoption. We do not provide rescue services directly nor do we have an office, shelter, clinic or staff of our own.

PAWS’ co-founders are documentary filmmakers Maheen Zia and Mahera Omar. We manage the organisation’s social media and often foster rescued cats and birds in our homes. Animal welfare and environmental activism are close to our hearts, and we address these issues through our films as well.

In 2008, we officially registered in Pakistan as a non-profit company under section 42 of the Companies Ordinance, 1984. Our accounts are audited annually by chartered accountants Salman & Co. and our registered office address is 5–3–1, Sector 15, Korangi Industrial Area, Karachi, Pakistan.

How you can help

We do not have an official membership. Please join our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter to connect with animal lovers for regular updates about how you can help. This includes spreading the word about adoption posts or contacting a veterinarian to get help for injured strays. You can also guide people when they post a query. Other ways to get involved are to hold a fundraiser for PAWS, or write about animal welfare issues.

Contact us

If you need help for an injured or sick animal, please contact the appropriate service provider in your city. We do not provide any rescue services and are not equipped to deal with emergencies.

For non-emergencies, send us an email, inbox us on Facebook or post on our wall.

Guidelines for sharing posts on social media

If you have an animal up for adoption and would like us to share on our social media, kindly adhere to the following:

For adoption posts on Facebook:


USE OUR WALL: Post one photograph on our wall, or a link to a public album from your profile, along with an appealing description of the animal, and we will help you spread the word by re-sharing the post. Be sure to mention your city, neighbourhood and a way for people to contact you (email, phone, inbox or leave a comment). Also add the animals’ name, age and little bit about their personality and background. All this is an attempt to make your post more appealing and more likely to evoke a favourable response.

Have a look at the Dogs Trust’s page to get an idea of how a post can be made appealing.

For adoption posts on Twitter:

Mention name of animal, if any. Hashtag the city. Mention @pawspakistan. Add a picture. Add link to the same picture on our Facebook wall. Make it all fit in 140 characters. You can do it. And if you do, we’ll re-tweet. An example post on twitter:

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.