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Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)

CharityWatch report issued
December 2017

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
P.O. Box 849
Galt, CA 95632

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

Providing shelter and a permanent home for abused, abandoned, and retired exotic animals.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 12/31/2016

Program Percentage: 87%

The percentage of Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)'s cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $2

How many dollars Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Performing Animal Welfare Society IRS Form 990 94-3005157
Performing Animal Welfare Society Audited Financial Statements 94-3005157
Entity: Performing Animal Welfare Society
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 94-3005157
Entity: Performing Animal Welfare Society
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 94-3005157

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
meets governance benchmarks.
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
Privacy Policy Opt-In Policy  

Unable to Provide Salaries

CharityWatch is unable to provide a range of Top Three Salaries for this charity for the above fiscal reporting year because we lack complete salary data for the organization. Except for officers, directors, and trustees, the IRS does not require breakouts of salaries totaling less than $100,000.

For example, XYZ charity would be required to provide a breakout in its tax form of compensation to its president of $55,000, but would not be required to provide a breakout of $99,000 in compensation to its top medical researcher if that person is not also an officer, director, or trustee of the organization.

This charity reports that compensation to its officers, directors, and trustees is under $100,000 per individual. Donors who would like to view limited salary data for this organization should refer to its tax form, which may be available on the charity's web site or from a number of third-party sources. See CharityWatch's Links page for information on obtaining copies of charity tax forms.

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.
According to the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) audit of December 31, 2016 (Note 4, Construction in Progress):

"In the Year 2000, PAWS began planning construction of ARK 2000, a free-roam animal sanctuary for hundreds of animals on a 2,300-acre facility, located near San Andreas in Calaveras County. Construction in progress includes continued and ongoing expansion costs of the facilities. Such capitalized costs were $55,424 and $328,511 at December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively."

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