Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

The Elvis Endowment

A white, black and tawny brown chihuahua dog sits with a sweater on, looking over its left shoulder to the camera
Elvis the Chihuahua

Sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most and bring the greatest happiness. That certainly was the case for Carolyn Paxton.

It started in a pet store when a small, trembling package of fur with doe-like eyes looked up at her. A few weeks later she had adopted “Elvis” through the Small Wonders Rescue and began a new chapter in her life.

After leaving behind a highly successful career in biotech, Carolyn is now an entrepreneur and animal advocate. She is “mom” to Elvis and another adopted chihuahua named Izzy, and is a successful businesswoman marketing specialty clothing for small animals. Because of her concern for animals, Carolyn has established a charitable fund, The Elvis Fund, with the Pasadena Community Foundation in the area of animal welfare. She plans to contribute a portion of her yearly profits to it. She will award grants to organizations that help animals find great homes.

Through The Elvis Fund at the Pasadena Community Foundation, one small dog has helped his owner bring a lot of happiness to those who love animals. And for Carolyn, it’s absolutely true that great things come in small furry packages named Elvis.

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