Pennies for PAWS!

Pennies for PAWS is fundraiser for school-aged children designed to bring Humane Education into school classrooms, while raising money for the homeless animals in their community. We encourage area schools/youth groups to add Pennies for PAWS to their yearly fundraising schedule and help raise awareness of homeless animals, educate hundreds of children, and make a difference in our community one penny at a time.  It is easy to sign-up and rewarding to participate.

Pennies for PAWS is an important youth-led fundraiser that teaches charitable and educational lessons. Teaching the importance of being humane, environmentally conscious citizens is a worthwhile and rewarding task. This is often the first experience for many children in volunteering or giving to charity. By collecting spare pennies, nickels, and dimes, they learn that even the most humble of gestures will make a huge difference in their community. In the past, entire schools participated, individual grade levels, or even an individual classroom and/or club.  The level of participation can be as large or small as you wish.

To assist with the educational aspect of Pennies for PAWS, related lesson plans promoting character, responsibility, math, and language arts are available, as well as classroom presentations centered around pet care can be scheduled.


  • The classroom/group that raises the most in change will receive a Pennies for PAWS Certificate and visit by a special PVAC/PAWS friend.
  • Every school receives a Thank You Certificate from PVAC/PAWS and recognition on the PVAC/PAWS website.
  • Each classroom/group is encouraged to decorate/create containers to hold pennies during Pennies for PAWS that represent their group.

Sign up your School/Group
It’s simple to sign up your school/youth group, simply download the Pennies for PAWS! Enrollment Form, complete and submit to:

The Laurie P. Andrews PAWS Center-LPA PAWS 
ATTN: Education Program/Pennies for PAWS
 2451 N US Expressway 281
Edinburg, TX 78541

Or via email to education@pvaconline.com with subject line: Education Program/Pennies for PAWS

Cash in your Coins
The best way to submit your organization’s donation is by taking the coins to a bank who can convert the change to a check. Please call PVAC Education Program for a referral to a bank that can take care of your donation or to make other arrangements.


  • Elementary Schools –  Finish your Pennies for PAWS fundraising week with a Valentine’s Day Puppy Love classroom party!
  • Middle Schools & High Schools – Make it a math challenge! Determine how many pennies a 5 gallon jug can hold.
  • Make a display wall featuring adopted pets from children, teachers, and staff in your school.
  • School can reward winning class with an additional prize, e.g. pizza party, ice cream party, popcorn party, etc.

Marketing & Educational Material
Pennies for PAWS posters and animal related lessons plans are available to download upon request. To request and schedule a presentations centered around pet care, please contact the PVAC Education Coordinator.

Contact Marisela Gonzalez, Education Coordinator, at 956.720.4563 or email education@pvaconline.com.


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