Uniquely Paws

Hope for Paws, Empowering Women, & Saving Lives

We are so proud to introduce our progressive U.S. based 501(c)3 non-profit organization Uniquely Paws Limited, where women’s collectives and domestic animals meet! Our integrated approach is the first of its kind, raising families out of poverty by recognizing these women of the arts, while simultaneously controlling the domestic animal population in Uganda by offering free spay, neuter, vaccine and education clinics.  All of the items we sell are made from all natural materials, upcycled paper and plastic, or sustainably harvested.

Here's How it works

The Problem

The Problem

Stray Dog and Cat Overpopulation leads to Rabies Scare in Our Communities. The overpopulation of unmanaged, underserved stray dogs and cats in our communities poses a serious threat, leading to a heightened risk of rabies outbreaks, and other general public health issues.

Empowering Women

Empowering Women

To combat this issue, we have devised a multifaceted solution. We are empowering local women's groups to produce a variety of animal-themed items, such as handmade crafts and merchandise, which help to raise our women and youth out of poverty, and will be sold to generate funds for our initiatives.

Our Funding Strategy

Our Funding Strategy

Our funding approach is multifaceted. We not only sell our crafted items at local markets and through online platforms, but we also actively seek support from donors who are passionate about animal welfare and community wellbeing.

Involving Children in Our Mission

Involving Children in Our Mission

We believe in the power of educating the younger generation in our community. We conduct school outreach programs, educating children on the importance of responsible pet ownership. Additionally, we provide them with engaging pet coloring books to impart valuable knowledge on how to care for their pets. We see children as potential catalysts for positive change in our communities.

Community Outreach

Community Outreach

To address the issue at its root, we sponsor free spay and neuter clinics to control the population of stray animals. Simultaneously, we offer free rabies vaccinations to thousands of pets, ensuring their safety and preventing rabies outbreaks

The Yellow Ribbon Initiative

The Yellow Ribbon Initiative

In our efforts to vaccinate pets against rabies, we have introduced the Yellow Ribbon Project. Every vaccinated animal is adorned with a yellow ribbon, which serves as a visible indicator of their vaccination status. This not only keeps the community informed but also ensures the safety of the animals.

One Health For All

In order to solve this problem of overpopulation, we aim to use a creative approach to the worldwide concept of One Health: an approach calling for “the collaborative efforts of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally, to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment”.

Expanding Our Reach

Once we have made a positive impact in one community, we actively seek out the next community in need of our support. By identifying and replicating successful models, we aim to extend our reach and mitigate the threat of rabies in even more areas.

Our approach

We focus on two key issues: empowering women by providing fair wages and purpose, and promoting healthier communities by controlling puppy and kitten reproduction and preventing diseases among homeless animals. We source high-quality products from women’s collectives at better-than-fair-trade rates, helping them improve their lives and support their families. We currently work with 15 women, with plans to grow. We offer these unique products to animal lovers worldwide, using the profits to fund free clinics for both household pets and homeless animals in Kampala. With your support, we aim to expand our impact across the country and beyond.

DID YOU KNOW…

Globally, 70% of around 700 million dogs are strays, a significant issue. In Kampala, Uganda, there are over 10,000 homeless dogs and 5,000 cats, facing daily struggles and sometimes even violence. This highlights the urgent need for a solution.

Historically, the Ugandan government used poisoning to manage street animals and curb diseases like rabies. Unfortunately, this inhumane method often harms beloved pets and raises public health concerns. Shifting to humane alternatives and raising awareness can lead to a cleaner, safer Uganda and a more compassionate human-animal coexistence.

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homeless dogs in Kampala
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cats roam the streets of Kampala

Get Involved

We operate as a fully transparent 501(c)3 charity organization based in the United States, relying on the support of the public and corporate CSR sponsorships.

Your donations, regardless of their size, make a significant impact. You can contribute as an individual today, or explore partnership opportunities to learn more.

Monthly Donation Subscription

For just $10 a month, you can prevent hundreds of puppies from being born to a terrible life on the streets. Sign up to our monthly donor subscription plan before Valentine's Day to support our free surgeries and receive a heartwarming cowhorn ornament crafted by a women artisan. Support us in protecting both animals and woman artisans. Join our mission today.