The Progressive Animal Welfare Society, now better known as PAWS, was originally formed by a small group of concerned animal lovers in 1980. Its goal was to establish a dog and cat adoption center that did not utilize euthanasia. In addition to wanting to provide a no-kill alternative, PAWS’ founders realized the importance of providing spay/neuter and medical treatment for all animals in their care.  Having established its goals, PAWS moved into an existing dog boarding kennel on its current property. A trailer was added to provide office space and housing for cats. In 1989 the trailer was replaced by expanding the original kennel, and since then all animals have been housed in the same building. PAWS has operated in this location for over 32 years, maintaining its original goals.

PAWS was established as a “no-kill” animal shelter for dogs and cats and remains so to this day. Our founders were ahead of their time – few “no-kill” shelters existed 32 years ago, and today the “no- kill” movement is popular and growing steadily. PAWS salutes the many shelters in this country who are working to make this country a “no-kill” country.

  • PAWS recognizes that no adoptable animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home.
  • PAWS recognizes that no treatable animal should be euthanized. A treatable animal shall include any animal that is not adoptable but that could become adoptable with reasonable efforts.
  • PAWS recognizes that “unadoptable” or “non-rehabilitatable” means animals that are neither adoptable nor treatable. This is defined as:

— Animals that have shown signs of an untreatable behavioral or temperamental concern;

— Those that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet and,

— Animals that have shown signs of disease, injury, or congenital or hereditary condition that adversely affects the health of the animal or that is likely to adversely affect the animal’s health in  the future.

The only reason for euthanasia is when an animal is recognized as “untreatable” or “non-rehabilitatable.”

Since 1980, PAWS has found forever homes for over 12,000 cats and dogs and looks forward to serving you for another 32 years and beyond. Thank you for supporting our mission.