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Our Featured Bryson City, NC Partner:

Placing Animals Within Society: P.A.W.S.

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.

57 Lemons Branch Road
PO Box 1814
Bryson City, NC 28713
(828) 488-0418

http://www.pawsbrysoncity.org

Pets at Our Shelter:

Cities, Towns, and/or Counties We Serve:

We serve Bryson City and surrounding Swain County.

About Our Shelter:

We are a small no-kill shelter founded in 1990. We are the only shelter in the county and rely solely on donations and the sales from our thrift store. We are small enough that each dog (15 max) and each cat (16 max) get individual attention. We have created a home-like environment in our shelter to give the animals as close to a real home while they wait to be adopted. HSUS had dubbed us "the little shelter that could" when the state rep came out and saw all that we accomplish as a very small organization. We have adopted out over 2,500 animals and have financially assisted the community in over 9,000 spay/neuter surgeries. We have 2 full-time staff and rely on volunteers to help us with all there is to do. Volunteers are very important to the success of P.A.W.S. and there are many opportunities not only at the shelter, but in our thrift store, fundraising, administrative, festivals and media contact.

Come Meet our Pets:

Thanks to our shelter manager and a couple of very dedicated volunteers, we have a wonderful group of socialized and happy dogs and cats at the shelter. We are open to the public Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. just a 2 minute drive from downtown Bryson City. You can also find us at our summer Adoption Days event the first Saturday of every month from May through October at Charleston Station Main St. in downtown Bryson City from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Give us a call for more info at 828-488-0418 and say you found us on Adopt-a-Pet.com!

Our Adoption Process:

After you meet and greet your potential companion pet, we do a short, informal verbal and written interview. Once the interview is done and both parties (adopter and adoptee) seem to match we then require the adopter to fill out an adoption contract. NOTE: If you want to adopt a pet that has not yet been fixed, you will have to wait until P.A.W.S. has the animal fixed to take him home. We try to have all of our residents fixed ASAP, however, we only have one vet in town and sometimes need to wait! The adoption fee is $65 for a cat or a dog unless we have incurred significant medical expenses. We do not adopt out dogs as guard dogs, or animals that will be "outside only" pets.

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.