Upcoming Events

When Dogs Heal book cover

April 1, 2021 | 6-7 p.m.
Book Launch & Meet the Authors

When Dogs Heal: Powerful Stories of People Living with HIV and the Dogs That Saved Them
By: Jesse Freidin, Zach Stafford, Christina Garofalo, Robert Garofalo

Join us online on Thursday April 1, 2021 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. We will be hosting a book talk celebrating When Dogs Heal, a new book by award-winning photographer Jesse Freidin and HIV specialist Dr. Robert Garofalo about the immense healing that happens between dogs and people living with HIV. A percentage of book purchase proceeds will go to support Pets Are Wonderful Support to help provide free comprehensive support services for pets of seniors and individuals living with disability or illness.

Thursday, May 27 | Virtual Event: 6-7 p.m.
Petchitecture, PAWS’ Annual Celebration

Your pet’s favorite gala is back! Save the date for Petchitecture, PAWS’ annual celebration. On May 27 from 6-7 p.m., we will host a virtual gathering to celebrate Marcia Goldman and Lola the Therapy Dog, 2021 recipients of the Dede Wilsey Champion of the Human-Animal Bond Award. If permitted and safe, there will also be an in-person reception for sponsors. Details and invitations coming soon.

Visit our Petchitecture web page for more info.

Recent Past Events


Compassion Is Universal 2019 – Shanti’s Annual Dinner

Compassion Is Universal, our gala celebrating 45 years of compassionate service to the community, was a record-breaking success. More than 500 guests attended the event, held at the Palace Hotel on October 3rd.

Petchitecture Logo

Petchitecture 2019 – Your Dog’s Favorite Gala

Petchitecture, our signature fundraiser supporting Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS), was a big success! The event commemorating the 32nd anniversary of PAWS was held on June 6th at the Fairmont Hotel. We were honored to present The Dede Wilsey Champion of the Human-Animal Bond Award to John L. Lipp, former PAWS Executive Director.

Art for Cancer

Shanti’s Cancer Divas, a women’s writing and support group, presented Art for Cancer. This retrospective and fundraiser highlighted 300 paintings and drawings of the late Susie Isome, a local artist who was known for her works of fantasy and beauty. During her time with the Cancer Divas, Susie mainly expressed herself through visual art instead of writing. This show gave us all a chance to experience her creativity and joy for life through her art.
Opening reception and fundraiser: May 30th, 6-8 p.m.
Closing party: June 27th, 6-8 p.m.
At the Shanti/PAWS space at 3170 23rd Street, San Francisco

Shanti Contingent in SF Pride Parade 2019

San Francisco Pride Parade

Thanks to everyone who came to show their Pride with Shanti at the SF Pride Parade on Sunday, June 30th. Staff, board, volunteers, and supporters marched with Shanti as we celebrated 45 years of supporting the LGBTQ+ community.