Gwen Coyle

I have always been an animal lover, even as a child. As an adult we moved to the country & I was overwhelmed with how many abandoned animals there were. So, I started rescuing and rehabilitating them. When I saw how great the need was I decided to do it on a larger scale. Rescue is not what I do, it is who I am. It is one of the most heartbreaking yet rewarding things I have ever done.

Gwen Coyle


Ever since my childhood, dogs have intrigued me. They are brilliant yet stunning. After witnessing abuse, unnecessary littering & overcrowding in East Texas I was determined to be their voice. Every animal we save and re-home opens a remarkable opportunity of 2nd chances for another pet. It’s a great passion of mine and extremely rewarding.

Angel Paws Advocates


  • Rescue, rehabilitate and transport abandoned animals in our community
  • To assist and educate animal owners on optimal animal healthcare
  • Provide food, shelter and medical care to those animals in need
  • Promote spay and neuter to control the pet population
  • Adopt healthy animals into loving homes
  • Changing laws to protect the voiceless


We are passionate animal lovers & the voice for the abused and neglected. On a yearly average, Texas euthanizes 125,000 animals, which accounts for over 50% of their shelter animals & is the highest euthanasia state in the US. Many of these animals are simply without a home, they are happy, healthy, adoptable pets that are euthanized because humans have let them down. We are hoping to reduce this statistic.


APA is run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to helping homeless animals find forever homes. We rescue abandoned & dumped animals, and also animals from shelters before they are euthanized. We provide medical care, loving foster homes, and a chance for a happy life through transporting & adoptions.


Before we were officially APA, both of our founders were heavily involved in volunteering and working within the foster systems to help find animals safe and loving homes. In late July of 2019 we had a very special case of a pregnant Angel named Luna. Luna was picked up by animal control & was in desperate need of an immediate foster home to help have her babies in a safe and loving environment. Our founders were able to step up to help take care of Luna and get her 20 puppies delivered – almost setting a world record, but she needed very special care and attention due to the size of her litter. We often wonder what would have happened if we weren’t able to take care of her with the help of another local rescue and an after hours veterinary team who were able to deliver these puppies after her labor stalled. Luckily, 18 of her puppies survived and we had a positive outcome from the network we had built & help we were all able to collectively offer. After our encounter with Luna we knew there was a demand for more access care and help needed for animals like Luna. Shortly after, Angel Paws Advocates was officially born & registered as a 501(c)(3), to date we have been able to rescue over 2000 animals in our few short years of working on this passion project.

To learn more about Luna & her puppies who helped us start our business, click here.
Help needed after dog at Smith County Animal Shelter gives birth to 20 puppies, near world record.


Thank you for visiting our site and for your interest in Angel Paws Advocates. (APA)
Thank you for helping the homeless and remember to control the pet population by spaying and neutering your pets!