Pet Animal Welfare Society of Connecticut (PAWS)

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Pet Animal Welfare Society of Connecticut (PAWS) is a no-kill 501(c)3 animal shelter dedicated to the rescue and adoption of the community’s homeless and abused dogs and cats. PAWS, founded in 1962 by Westport resident Betty Long and with seed money from her neighbor Paul Neuman, operates an in-house medical department to treat PAWS pets before they are available for adoption. Recently, PAWS implemented a new in-house spay/neuter clinic to defray the costs of medical care and reduce animal stress during transport. 

Funded in 2015 and 2020
How we help: 

Thanks to the Grey Muzzle grant, PAWS can help more senior dogs like Snowball find loving homes through their Senior Pension Plan. As medical cost is the biggest deterrent to senior dog adoptions, PAWS’ Senior Pension Plan addresses this issue by 1) waiving adoption fees and 2) offering a free annual exam, vaccinations and annual blood work analysis for the life of the dog! Seniors like Snowball, a 12-year-old toy poodle looking for a place to spend his retirement years and who requires a much-needed dental surgery, is eligible for the Senior Pension Plan. Again, thanks to the Grey Muzzle grant, Snowball has a chance to live out the rest of his years as a great cuddle buddy for some lucky adopter.