The People and Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) was founded in 2000 by one of Perth's underground unsung local heroes David Reynolds and is a not for profit welfare organisation. PAWS pours its funds into animal welfare programs such as assisting the live cattle trade initiatives and animal rescue organisations.
It does this through the delivery of high quality vegan food, cooked and raw, served in the PAWS cafe, nestled right near the cultural precinct of Northbridge, at 120 Beaufort St Perth.
The food from the cafe is largely sourced by the produce collected from the organic community garden tended mostly by PAWS volunteers which is located close-by in Bayswater and is prepared on the premises in town also mostly by highly skilled and dedicated volunteers.
The food is an eclectic blend of cooked and raw foods. The raw pizzas and raw cakes are enough to take your imagination away with your palette while the vegetarian curries boast authentic flavours and lend to the ambience of the colourful, open space of the place.
The Mediterranean bean and tomato dish complemented the rice and dahl dishes, and the fruit juices available are close to a perfect blend of healthy and delicious, all fresh.
One visit and many people are converted. You will then be excited to know that PAWS also has a mobile food van and attends many of Perth's festivals and attractions, offering a healthy alternative to the market style scene at many of our local events. They recently had a great turnout at the Fairbridge Festival near Pinjarra.
On a typical day at PAWS the health-conscious business person can be seen dining next to a client of the organisation, or any of its volunteers who come from all walks of life.
Ahimsa is another name for truth, or love. The practice of ahimsa is simply non-violence. The entire organisation of PAWS, its works, its food and the harm free store attached is all centred around this policy of selfless service.
To enter the doors of PAWS transports you to a different time and place. On my first visit there, two clowns were spreading smiles all around, the brightly coloured walls and open air of the space lends itself to positivity.
If you are lucky enough to meet the founding President David, who is often seen floating around talking to the visitors and volunteers, be prepared for a touch of inspiration – David is passionate about his vision for harm free assistance to all people and animals.
A visit to PAWS is a truly unique experience, right on the edge of the hustle bustle of Northbridge and a stone's throw from the CBD – an easy walk from central station, if you want something healthy, different and interesting, pop in and check out their wares.
PAWS is open 11am to 4pm, but open until 8pm on a Monday.