The Nonprofit Animal Rescue Aims to Raise Local Awareness While Raising Funds to Help Animals in Need

Newport Beach, Calif., – March 16, 2016 – Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has joined the second annual #iHeartOC Giving Day, a 30-hour online event that allows individuals to come together as a community and support the hard work of Orange County based nonprofit organizations. Hosted by the Orange County Community Foundation, the event also provides OC nonprofits with an opportunity to gain exposure and build meaningful relationships with local donors, volunteers and supporters.

Last year 347 nonprofits participated and came together to raise over $1.8 million. This year the Foundation hopes to exceed those with over 400 participating nonprofits and generate over $2 million in donations in 30 hours.  

“We are a relatively new nonprofit- less than two years old- so it’s vitally important for us to engage with our local community to raise awareness on the issues that we face right here at home: our local kill shelters, animal abuse, abandonment and neglect. And yes, these are issues in Orange County, and we aim to shed light on them and make a difference,” said Kelly Reeves, president of Paw Prints in the Sand.

OC Giving Day will begin at 6am on Wednesday April 27, 2016 and end at noon on Thursday April 28, 2016. Secure, tax-deductible donations can be made online at

Paw Prints in the Sand will also be using specific hashtags including #iheartoc, #unselfie, and #ppits as a way to find more information about the iHeartOC giving day and making donations.

Paw Prints in the Sand rescues companion animals that need it most – severe medical and behavioral cases, pregnant pets and those who had a litter in the shelter, and senior pets. The organization relies 100% on donations to cover medical expenses, food, and other supplies needed for the pets it saves. It is truly committed to rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming the neediest of animals in need.

If you are interested in joining the Paw Prints in the Sand iHeartOC Giving Day initiative, please visit

About Paw Prints in the Sand
Paw Prints in the Sand Animal Rescue is a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing, rehoming and rehabilitating abused, abandoned, neglected and stray companion animals. Virtually all donated funds go directly toward the care of the animals. Headquartered in Orange County, California, Paw Prints in the Sand is an all-volunteer, all-foster organization committed to placing animals in loving, responsible, committed forever homes.

Paw Prints in the Sand raises funds through events, donations, and continuing contributions from its supporters. For more information or to make a donation, visit the organizations Web site at You can also visit PPITS on Facebook and Instagram @PPITSresq, and on Twitter @PPITSRescue

About Orange County Community Foundation
Since 1989, the Orange County Community Foundation has granted over $252 million to local nonprofits and students seeking higher education. Its mission is to positively impact the community while bringing people together to support causes they care about the most.  

About iHeartOC Giving Day
iHeartOC Giving Day is an opportunity for individuals to come together as a community and help support local nonprofit organizations.  The online event brought in over $1.8 million for 347 different participating nonprofits. This year over 400 nonprofits are participating. All donations are tax-deductible and can be made online through a secure server.