Our Story

The Heroes

The Paws for Giving story starts with two real heroes. 

Animal Rescue Workers

You live and breathe your work, and you probably don't spend much time looking after yourself. It's hard when you have to do everything - fundraising, shelter work, transport, enquiries... The list goes on.

Animal Lovers

If you could volunteer, you would. If you had spare money to donate, you would. Navigating gift giving is tough when you value social responsibility.

Our Story

The Heroes

The Paws for Giving story starts with two real heroes. 

Animal Rescue Workers

You live and breathe your work, and you probably don't spend much time looking after yourself. It's hard when you have to do everything - fundraising, shelter work, transport, enquiries... The list goes on.

Animal Lovers

If you could volunteer, you would. If you had spare money to donate, you would. Navigating gift giving is tough when you value social responsibility.

Our two heroes are the foundation of the Paws for Giving story...

The Mission

Paws for Giving brings together our two heroes, because it's you wonderful and compassionate bunch who prove that being good hoomans makes the world a better place.

Our mission is to provide a regular stream of income to Aussie animal rescue groups, so that they can save more animal lives.

The Beginning

Founded by Adelaide Artist and Author Nikki Waterson, Paws for Giving is an online gift store, donating 50% of profits to small and medium Aussie animal rescue groups.

The first Paws for Giving products were a set of 20 illustrated watercolour Christmas greeting cards, sold through Nikki's art brand, Art by Nikki Win 2019.

Selling these and more products for Valentine's Day and Christmas in 2020, as of the end of 2020 a total of $1,012.31 was donated to 37 Aussie animal rescue groups. 

The Change

With the opening of the new Paws for Giving online shop in February 2021, the focus has shifted. Paws for Giving is a haven for animal rescue workers and animal lovers alike. You can still shop Art by Nikki W prints, greeting cards and more, but now there is a gift for everyone, from self-care to rescue-wear and from jewelleryto men's clothing.

Every lovingly curated gift that we offer is either made by a small business, eco-friendly and sustainably produced, handmade, championing an important social cause, Australian made or Australian owned. In many cases, the products are all of these things!

The Founder

Nikki Waterson

Animal lover

I've always had a strong connection with animals, from when I was younger and trained my pet budgie and our family black labrador to go through (very different) obstacle courses, to singing to birds in the front yard, to rescuing a litter of two week old puppies whose mum was unable to feed them.
 
This final experience was a pivotal one, where thankfully South Australian Humane Animal Rescue Association (SAHARA) found a foster carer to take on the pups once I transported them to Adelaide. I don't know what that situation would have looked like without SAHARA and that carer there to save the day.

Artist

As a lifetime scribbler, I sort of just realised one day that I was actually an artist. I built an in-person and online painting studio Paint Sip Stream, running 'paint and sip' style events for beginners, and I create and sold original artworks and art prints.

Many of my artworks feature brightly coloured and textured impressionist animals as a way to capture the same feeling you might get when you look at a cute puppy or an adorable joey.

Paws for Giving was the next natural progression of two things I love dearly and that are big parts of my life. Read more about both, and the many thoughts that influenced me in building Paws for Giving, at the Paws for Giving Blog.

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; They give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive"
- Gilda Radner

"I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; They give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive"
- Gilda Radner

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Want to find out more about Paws for Giving, animal rescue and  the hooman behind the scenes? Have a read of our blog!

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