Paw-In-Tau Foundation


We are a small group of dedicated activists who find that by working with animals & nature, we begin to transcend humanism and discover one of the great faces of the divine. We focus primarily on education & networking but not at the expense of a needed rescue.


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.


Our current focus is the hill town of Assisi located in Central Umbria 2hrs north & south of Rome & Florence respectively. Assisi is the birthplace of St Francis, patron saint of animals, of the environment & of Italy.
  • air – infrequent flights into Perugia (PEG)
  • car – located off Hiway 75 (Strada Statale 75).
  • parking – Matteotti Parking lot, or free parking at Rocca Maggiore
  • train – station: 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.( – links to my email) currently voluntourism opportunities for Assisi, Italy only.


‘one small act of kindness is worth more than a hundred heads bowed in prayer’ gandhi
  • to practice and promote a spiritual life of compassion & humanity to all creation.
Imagine 1% of the followers of St Francis of Assisi committing one act of kindness per day. Imagine 1% of the 5million visitors to Assisi returning home & committing one act of kindness per day. Imagine 1% of the more than one billion Catholics…


‘education thru action’
    • we provide modest “seed money” & grants to environmental & animal activists creating partnerships with local activists around the world.
    • we participate in matching grants and performance grants
    • we offer volunteer opportunities in select countries.
voluntourism – “a free place to stay in exchange for 3hrs volunteering” This is an opportunity to stay in places such as Central Italy for free. Explore Umbria & Tuscany and do good!!