Who we are

Live PAWS is a no-kill, non-profit organisation, based in the south of Tenerife. With our team of committed volunteers, loving foster carers and local veterinarians, we are dedicated to rescuing dogs left homeless, for whatever reason.

We are totally reliant on public donations, which enable us to provide any necessary medical care, sterilization, microchipping, vaccinations, de-worming, de-flea , and necessary operations. 

We have a dog shelter situated near Parque de la Reina, where the majority of our animals live, during their time with us. We work in partnership with other animal welfare groups , at home , and abroad.

Our funds are raised by public donations, organization membership, sponsoring a dog, charity shops, and fundraising events.

Our history started with the vision to create a safe haven for homeless dogs. Little by little each kennel was completed, three play parks added, an office, clinic, and food preparation room. As our numbers continued to grow, we later expanded to a further 8 kennels , on the opposite side of the main refuge. We are currently looking to expand further, as more animals are left homeless through no fault of their own.  Without the kindness of volunteers and supporters we could not achieve this. 


Live PAWS is dedicated to improving the lives of dogs in our community. We take pride in the work we do, striving to keep homeless dogs safe, happy and sheltered.

Our aims

To provide temporary shelter to stray, abandoned, and surrendered dogs for the purpose of finding permanent suitable new homes. To support a healthy pet community and responsible dog ownership.

Working together

We work with like minded organisations at home and abroad to promote animal welfare and raise sufficient funds to facilitate this. Check out our get involved page.

The core of Live Paws.
Kennel staff

Every day our team comes to care for our dogs needs. From cleaning their kennels, to feeding, and adding the daily dose love and attention. We are grateful to have a team that loves animals and is committed to them, even on their days off!

Respect, dedication and love for animals are the keywords for this job, and our team are very committed to this. You can come to the shelter and be part of this great group, you will be very well received.

Volunteer Team

None of this would be possible without your help. Volunteering and supporting us is at the heart of everything we do, and we want to thank all the volunteers who come to the shelter every day to give love to the dogs and to help our staff.
Volunteering is the voice of the people in action, and your voice is important and needed by our furry friends.

For this, we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and tell you that your help is never underestimated.
If you are new and want to join the family you can take a look here.