Little PAWS Rescue was founded by Christian Martin and Renae Powell in December 2012 with the overall aim to rescue unwanted, lost or abandoned animals, provide them with shelter and veterinary care until they are rehomed. Currently, our focus is on small animals; Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Rats and Mice, with the aim to eventually expand our rescue to Cats and Dogs.
Christian has graduated from Murdoch University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, and Renae has experience working within animal shelters and clinics. Both are highly passionate about animal welfare.
Little PAWS Rescue aims for a ‘no kill’ policy, however in some extreme circumstances the company accepts that this cannot always be achievable as in cases of terminal illness, severe chronic pain or extreme aggressiveness.
The company believes strongly that every animal, no matter the size, shape, age, breed, medical or behaviour problem, should, and will be given a fair chance at a new life in a forever home.
Chris is Little PAWS Rescue’s Managing Director and is the brains and driving force behind the rescue. He and Renae set up the company in 2012 and is always thinking of new ways he can continue to make Little PAWS grow.
He is responsible for designing and producing a large portion of the homemade products that are sold through the PAWS shop, and also provides the majority of care to the animals.
At the end of 2017, Chris graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery. This has led to Chris establishing the Little PAWS Rescue Surgical Services, which will consist of volunteer vets, vet nurses, and kennel hands providing spays and vaccinations for welfare animals in W.A rescues at cost price.
In his spare time, Chris enjoys being creative and making his ideas come to life, and doesn’t mind a bit of Fallout 4 and Starcraft 2!
Renae is the Director of Little PAWS Rescue and co-founder of the company. She is the “all-rounder” of the rescue and is involved in pretty much every aspect of the rescue’s operations, from marketing, administration and fundraising, through to ensuring each animal is healthy and happy whilst at the rescue.
Renae has many years experience in the animal welfare industry, and when she’s not busy looking after all the furry critters at Little PAWS, she works full time in the veterinary products wholesale industry.
Renae and Chris adopted Bonnie, the Little PAWS mascot, back in January 2014 after falling in love with her distinct personality. It’s this personality that landed her the title of Queen B. Bonnie is one very spoilt bunny (as she should be!) and is usually the first bunny to greet people when they visit the PAWS house.
Outside of Little PAWS, Renae enjoys all things travel, photography, music and animals, and just recently found a new love when she started learning aerial silks and Lyra.
Stacey joined our team in 2015 as a general volunteer, visiting the paws house weekly to help with the cleaning and product making. By early 2016 she was appointed the PR/Marketing Coordinator with her first project being the creation of our website. With big changes happening at Little PAWS in early 2018, including the establishment of the LPR Surgical Services, Stacey was then appointed Rescue Manager. Stacey is excited to play such a fundamental role within Little PAWS Rescue, while still making sure she finds time to cuddle each of our welfare rabbits, guinea pigs and ratties.
Between volunteering at Little PAWS, doting on her own bunnies, and a full-time job, Stacey really enjoys dancing and aerial circus. She started dancing as a child and loves the thrill of performing.
Rachel first became a volunteer at Little Paws Rescue in 2014 as a foster mum when there were some animals urgently needing a place at the Paws house. Since then she has become an associate director and fundraising coordinator but she is always willing to help out with any work that needs doing; from cleaning to product making and of course cuddling the rescue animals. She has always been an animal lover but bunnies hold a special place in her heart and she currently has 2 spoilt house bunnies named Oscar and Maggie.
Rachel’s other passion is her work teaching architecture at university and designing as a residential architect. Her favourite part of volunteering with Little PAWS Rescue is seeing the adopted bunnies who had such a tough start in life finally find their forever homes.