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Our Featured Norwalk, CT Partner:

PAWS (Pet Animal Welfare Society)

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! Contact us, or contact another local humane society, animal shelter or SPCA.

504 Main Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851
(203) 750-9572

http://www.pawsct.org

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

Finding the right pet for your home and the right home for every pet is a challenging goal. Every adoption requires a completed application and at least one visit to our shelter in Norwalk, CT, to meet with an adoption counselor. PLEASE NOTE: PAWS does not perform long-distance adoptions or ship pets to other parts of the country. You must be able to come into our facility to meet the pet you are interested in adopting. All adopters must be within a reasonable driving distance.

About Our Shelter:

ABOUT PAWS:

PAWS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in continuous operation since 1962 by Westport, Connecticut resident Betty Long to rescue homeless dogs and place them in permanent homes. In the early 1980s, our rescue efforts were expanded to include cats. PAWS rescues & rehomes approximately 115 dogs and 435 cats annually. Many of the dogs faced euthanasia at local pounds and most of the cats that we help are strays and abandoned cats that roam our streets. A portion of the pets that come to PAWS have been relinquished by their owners who are no longer able to care for them.

As we are a registered non-profit, all contributions to PAWS are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law.

PAWS has a handful of paid staff and a team of dedicated volunteers that help with everything to fundraising, to kennel work, to walking dogs and much, much more. Every person at PAWS is a valued & needed member of our team - without them we could not accomplish the miracle that happen every day!

For 37 years, PAWS rented space from local boarding kennels & veterinary hospitals. Over time, the demands placed on us by the community increased and we felt that in order to increase & expand our services, we would need our own shelter. In 1999, PAWS undertook the task of building a shelter of our own. We moved into our own shelter in 2001 and have since greatly increased the number of pets we have been able to help.

We constantly seek to increase the number of lives we can save by finding adoptive homes for the animals in our care, working closely with other animal groups, and raising funds to secure the supplies and facilities necessary for our operation.

PAWS also seeks to decrease the number of unwanted pets by informing and educating the public about the importance of spaying and neutering. PLEASE NOTE: PAWS does not provide low cost spay/neuter programs for pets. For low cost spay/neuter resources, please visit the spay/neuter section of our links page on our website at www.pawsct.org.

Donate to Our Shelter...

http://www.pawsct.org/how.php

Come Meet our Pets:

Hours of Operation
Effective June 2011, our hours of operation will be:

ADOPTION HOURS (For Dogs & Cats):

* Monday and Tuesday - By appointment only
* Wednesday and Friday - Noon to 8 pm
* Thursday - Noon to 9 pm
* Saturdays and Sundays - Noon to 4 pm

The shelter is open to the public on Mondays & Tues for donation drop off, information and other services but adoptions are by appointment on those days.

* We also have open adoption hours from 12 noon to 4:00 on Saturdays and Sundays - no appointment needed, but there may be a wait. We can be flexible if the listed adoption times do not work for you.

We encourage people to come in during the week if at all possible. Saturday is our busiest day & things get quite hectic. If you choose to come on a Saturday, please understand that the wait can be quite lengthy.

When coming to see pets, whether by appointment or during the open house, please expect to spend at least one hour at PAWS with the pets. It is important that you spend time with the pets in order to select a pet that is a good match for your family.

Please understand that we have limited staffing. We want your experience in adopting a pet to be the best possible and want to give potential adopters adequate time to meet & spend time with the pets they are considering adopting.

Our Adoption Process:

Everyone interested in adopting a pet from PAWS must complete an adoption application before they come in to see pets. Makes the process go a bit smoother and helps us get a better idea of what your needs are. This way we can try to determine what pets might be a good match for your situation. Not all pets are suited for all homes & vice-versa. Also, if we have your application ahead of time and any info is missing, we can get it resolved before you come in.

Once we have your application, one of the directors will give you a call to set up a time to see the pets. We do appointments during the week - usually in the afternoon and the early evening. We also have open house every Saturday from 12 to 4 and no appointment is needed. We can be flexible if the listed adoption times do not work for you.

We encourage people to come in during the week if at all possible. Saturday is our busiest day & things get quite hectic. If you choose to come on a Saturday, please understand that the wait can be quite lengthy.

When coming to see pets, whether by appointment or during the open house, please expect to spend at least one hour at PAWS with the pets. It is important that you spend time with the pets in order to select a pet that is a good match for your family.

The cat adoption application can be found at http://www.pawsct.org/catapp.php

The dog adoption application can be found at http://www.pawsct.org/dogapp.php

ADOPTION FEES: Effective August 1, 2012 The adoption fee helps us defray the cost of the animal's food, boarding and medical care. Any additional donation you would like to make above the adoption fee is greatly appreciated. Your contributions are tax deductible.

Cats & Kittens: $100
Cat pairs (over 1 yr and older): $150

The feline adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccines and testing for Feline Aids and Feline Leukemia for kittens over 12 weeks of age (Please Note: No test is 100% accurate for these viruses). We spay/neuter all cats and kittens old enough for the procedures before they go home with you. We also offer low-cost options for spaying/neutering unaltered kittens when they are old enough to be altered.

Dogs & Puppies: $210

The canine adoption fees include age-appropriate vaccine, testing for heartworm, and microchip. We spay/neuter all dogs and puppies old enough for the procedures before they go home with you. We also offer low-cost options for spaying/neutering unaltered puppies when they are old enough to be altered.

Our Adopted Pets:

We have helped lots of pets connect with loving and caring owners. Check out our adopted pets list!

Why should you adopt?

Dog adoption and cat adoption saves lives. Adopt a dog or adopt a cat and you'll have a friend for life! What is the difference between adopting a dog, adopting a cat, adopting a kitten or adopting a puppy versus getting dogs for sale, cats for sale, puppies for sale or kittens for sale from a dog breeder or a cat breeder? When someone is breeding puppies or breeding kittens, they are creating new dogs and cats who need homes. Some people are interested in a very specific breed of dog, cat, puppy or kitten and they think the only way to find that specific breed is to buy a dog for sale or buy a cat for sale from a puppy breeder or a kitten breeder. Yet animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats who must find homes. So rather than buying a dog or puppy for sale from a dog breeder or buying a cat or kitten for sale from a cat breeder, we encourage people to adopt a dog, adopt a cat, adopt a puppy or adopt a kitten at their local animal shelter, SPCA, humane society or pet rescue group.