Now Mr. Pom, with his new family at AIDS

Traci’s Paws is the first 501c3

non-profit organization of its kind, founded for

"Pet Rescue Assistance."

We are dedicated to saving homeless animals’ lives and assisting pet rescue organizations, animal centers and shelters in the state of California and nationally.

Through our work, we are able to increase these organizations' adoption success rates by facilitating adoption events providing funds & supplies needed to keep them thriving.

Traci’s Paws also works with our community of pet owners to help ensure their experience is the best possible to keep their pets in their homes for life. This may be assisting with humane education, spay and neuter advocacy and with the assistance of providing information of other programs that rescue partners may have that are beneficial to these pet owners. 


Traci’s Paws strives to work with these rescue organizations, animal centers and shelters, and the community, to develop a network of supporters and volunteers in order to create a better world for homeless pets and decrease pet overpopulation.

"Saving the World, One Animal At a Time"

First rescue, Traci's Paws and our Trans

Our Mission

Traci’s Paws, is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to saving homeless pets' lives by assisting pet rescue organizations to increase their adoption success rates and by providing support to our community. 

Traci's Paws facilitated a pet adoption

Our Founder

Founder Traci Wilkerson Steckel with Spo

T​raci Wilkerson Steckel, a native Texan and former educator, has had a love for animals from the day she was born. Of course her parents and grandparents might say they had a little something to do with this too!

Living out in the country of a small Texas town, her family experienced many discarded pets “dumped” onto their property.  Wilkerson grew up taking in these pets as her own as she did with many animals throughout her adulthood that were given to her by friends, her vet, and colleagues from a school where she taught First Grade.


The passion for saving these pets’ lives and that love instilled by her family gave her the initiative to do something on a higher level for pets across the country.

What began as a simple Facebook Page to share pets that were on borrowed time in shelters and rescues, Traci's Paws grew into something greater; an incorporated, first of its kind 501c3 non-profit organization based in San Diego, CA.

"Saving the World, One Animal at a Time!”-

Traci’s Paws, Inc.

What We Do

The work we do at our Nonprofit Organization is aimed at providing assistance to our local rescue organizations, animal centers and shelters and all pet owners.

Take a look at the work we do, and see how you can join in or even benefit from the following:

Pet Hospitality
Pet Hospitality

We at Traci's Paws feel that it is important to help our community on a greater level, for the pets within the community and for other causes with Pet Hospitality.

Pet Therapy
Pet Therapy

Traci's Paws facilitates pet therapy sessions at local public & private events, benefiting other causes in our community.

Pet Food Drives
Pet Food Drives

Traci's Paws facilitates pet food & bedding drives to provide for our local rescues in need.


Traci's Paws provides funds to local rescue organizations through creative fundraising.

Adoption Events
Adoption Events

Traci's Paws facilitates pet adoption events for our local rescues.

Paws Parties
Paws Parties

Traci's Paws facilitates pet birthday parties that benefit local rescues.

Our Board

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