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  • July 06, 2017 9:35 AM | Anne Anderson (Administrator)

    On May 14, 2017, GVFD, Station 153, firefighters Jason Moore, Mark Savable, and Matt Hughes extracted two small feral kittens from behind a bathroom cabinet.  View the complete article in the Green Valley News.

  • October 30, 2016 11:15 AM | Anne Anderson (Administrator)

  • November 15, 2014 5:40 PM | Anne Anderson (Administrator)

    Paws Patrol was thrilled to be a part of the Country Fair White Elephant Parade celebrating CFWE's 50th Anniversary! Debbie Porterfield with The Dog House of Green Valley designed and created our wonderful float. Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped out! (Check out that paper mache' elephant!)

  • September 03, 2014 6:00 PM | Anonymous

    Paws Patrol is proud to partner with local non-profits and organizations to improve the lives of feral cats in Southern Arizona. Thank you to Equine Voices for trusting us to care for the feral cats in your care! Check out a mention in Equine Voice's Newsletter: September Newsletter

  • August 07, 2014 2:01 PM | Anonymous

    The Green Valley News highlights local efforts by Paws Patrol, local volunteers, The Animal League of Green Valley, and veterinarian Joanne Lefebvre Connolly to help a seriously ill feral cat colony in Rio Rico, Az.

  • September 16, 2013 7:06 PM | Anonymous
    The winner of our Cutest Cat in America Contest recently passed away - way too early. Tiger was the beloved "Alley Cat" of Gasoline Alley in Green Valley. You can read his obituary here. 
  • October 15, 2012 5:49 PM | Anonymous
    We are thrilled to be acknowledged in the Country Fair White Elephant Fall 2012 Newspaper!  Click here to read the article:
  • June 06, 2012 7:27 AM | Anonymous

    GREEN VALLEY, Ariz.- He's known as the pet photographer in Green Valley, saving hundreds of abandoned cats one snap at a time.

    Behind the lens and the lights, if a  cat could smile, Photographer John Praytor would be the one to crack it.  "They can be very expressive, so that's what you have to look for," Praytor says.

    He's a pet photographer for a non-profit organization called Paws Patrol.  "They're a trap, neuter, return rescue group, but we also have cats that are tame and up for adoption," Praytor says.

    And that's where Praytor comes in. 

    Every week he spends about 10 to 15 hours voluntarily taking pictures of cats, then placing their photos in online publications like  He always has one goal in mind: "To get people to look at the picture and go awww and then read the text that goes along with it," Praytor says.

    News 4 Tucson caught up with Praytor as he was taking a picture of a cat named Tommy Taco.  He was recently found outside a Taco Bell.  "Sometimes you can spend an hour trying to get a good picture of a very active cat," Praytor says.

    But he'll do whatever it takes to get the perfect shot.  From whistling, to waving squeezable toys in front of the cat, sometimes Praytor's tactics work, other times they don't.  But at the end of the day, his patience pays off.  

    Praytor says since Paws Patrol was formed six years ago, he has photographed about 400 cats.

    Tommy Taco is one cat currently up for adoption.  Praytor just hopes the image he captures will find Tommy a home.  "You just take a lot of pictures, that's the beauty of digital," Praytor says.

    Paws Patrol is in desperate need of volunteers.  To learn how you can help, or adopt a cat, head to

    You can also call 520.207.4024

    View Video here.

  • June 03, 2012 11:37 AM | Anonymous

    Click, click, meow, click followed by another 44 clicks and an untold number of meows.

    Taking photos of a basket full of kittens can be a daunting task, especially when you need to get that one shot that will help these little tykes get adopted.

    That was the case recently for Paws Patrol photographer, John Praytor. He was attempting to take a photo of four kittens in a basket, and it took 47 tries to get the one shot that would hopefully get the job done.

    A founding member of the organization, Praytor has been with Paws Patrol since its beginning....

    Read more here: News Article

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