Mardi Paws—Paw Works 5th Annual Ties & Tails Gala

On March 16th, Paw Works hosted its 5th Annual Ties & Tails Gala—Mardi Paws, held to celebrate nearly 5,000 animals saved and to honor the special partners who have helped Paw Works achieve its goals. The evening’s Mardi Paws theme created a night to remember—with exciting auctions, specialty cocktails, a delicious 3-course dinner, and a live show hosted by Paw Works Ambassador and Master of Ceremonies, Jai Rodriguez (Queer Eye For the Straight Guy) with rousing musical performances by Trenyce (American Idol Finalist, Season 2) and David Hernadez (American Idol, Season 7).

“Our goal is to raise funds and awareness for abandoned shelter pets, in an effort to reduce the millions of animals shelter pets, in an effort to reduce the millions of animals unnecessarily euthanized in the U.S. each year.”

—Chad Atkins, Founder and Executive Director of Paw Works

“Pawsitive Awards” given to those instrumental in creating “pawsitive” change in the lives of animals in Southern California and beyond, were presented by Paw Works Ambassadors, Rachel Lindsay (The Bachelorette), Parker Bates (This Is Us), Raegan Revord (Young Sheldon), Larissa Wohl (Home & Family “Adoption Ever After”), and Bob DeCastro (Fox 11 News At Noon). Arhaus Furniture received amazing recognition for the work the Thousand Oaks team has done with them in the past year!

Later in the evening, Paw Works Child Pet Ambassador (CPA) volunteers, D’Lila Star and Jessie James Combs, Ava Baroni, and Lily Felippe, were honored on stage with a surprise appearance by Sean Combs (Diddy), who came to present stunning bouquets to congratulate his daughters on their contribution.

“Mardi Paws was a tremendous opportunity to shine a light on those who assist us in our life saving, daily work and thank our supportive community. It was the perfect occasion to set our sights firmly on our future goals to shift the status quo, and save more animals in-need!”

—Chad Atkins, Founder and Executive Director of Paw Works

Check out @pawworks on Instagram or at to see their adoptable animals and exciting work being done in the community!


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