Paw-In-Tau Foundation

About Us


We are a small group of dedicated activists who find that by working with animals & nature, we enhance our human experience to discover one of the great faces of the Divine.

We focus primarily on education, internships, networking & hands-on experience but not at the expense of a needed rescue.


‘creative activism’

We micro-finance educational & internships programs in Assisi with a focus on animals & the environment.


Our current focus is the hill town of Assisi located in Central Umbria 2 hours north & south of Rome & Florence respectively. Assisi is the birthplace of St Francis, patron saint of birds, of the animals, of the environment & of Italy.

  • by air – flights into Perugia (PEG)
  • by car – located off Highway 75 (Strada Statale 75)
  • parking – Matteotti Parking lot, or free parking at Rocca Maggiore, top of hill
  • by train – Santa Maria degli Angeli, free shuttle bus will take you up into Assisi


If interested in participating in our ‘voluntourism’ program, please contact us here.

Currently ‘voluntourism’ opportunities for Assisi and Umbria.


“one small act of kindness is worth more than a hundred heads bowed in prayer”

Consider 1% of the 5 million visitors to Assisi returning home & committing one small act of kindness per day.

Consider 1% of the more than one billion Catholics.


‘moderation thru education’

    • we provide ‘seed money’ & grants to local environmental & animal activists.
    • we participate in matching grants and performance grants
    • we offer volunteer opportunities in select countries.


a free place to stay in exchange for 3 hours/day volunteering (tabling, helping local shelters, cleaning litter, grooming cats etc etc). This is an opportunity to stay in places such as Central Italy for free.

Explore Umbria & Tuscany and do good!

Our logo – the Paw-In-Tau.

The Tau is the symbol of St Francis. The Paw reminds us of the compassion & humanity of St Francis manifested whenever we help an animal in need.


Paw-in-Tau Foundation
PO Box 15412
Seattle, WA 98115 USA