PAWS is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in operation since 1962 by Westport, Connecticut resident Betty Long to rescue homeless dogs and place them in permanent homes. In the early 1980s, 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.
A grant from The Grey Muzzle Organization helps with their “Mutticare” fund. This innovative program seeks to facilitate the adoption of senior dogs by providing a financial “safety net” to pay for any medical issues that arise for older dogs post-adoption. By removing the barrier of potentially high medical expenses, it is hoped that more seniors will find homes.