PAWS Shelter and Humane Society found homes for 1060 pets last year alone. We are striving to meet a goal of 1200 adoptions this year. The animals at PAWS are transferred from shelters ranging from Williamson County down to Goliad and many more in between including Austin. Our goal is to aid in the No-Kill movement by focusing our attention on helping shelters that are at capacity or that are not protected by a No-Kill status.
PAWS is relentless in our effort to save lives and change lives. Our efforts in that regard include:
Holding offsite adoptions to get the animals out into the community.
Fully vaccinating and microchipping our animals so that they can begin their long, happy lives with their new owners, "fully equipped!".
Visiting local community groups and schools to educate our community on responsible pet ownership.
Making sure that every animal in our care gets the medical attention it needs.
Implementing a Behavior Testing Program which temperament tests all those in our care before they are adopted into the community, allowing for better placement of pets into a new home environment that is best for all.
Spaying or neutering all our animals to further our commitment to be part of the solution in our communities' pet overpopulation problem.
PAWS is more than a "shelter". While the challenges are great, with the help of your donations and grants, we make a difference in how our four legged friends are treated and, ultimately, make the world a more humane place for all.
PAWS embraces the animals we care for today and plans for those we will care for in the future. We are grateful to all those who help and are part of the solution as we move forward with our mission.
Your donations will help us reach our goals by providing us the funding to save pets that need spays or neuters and other routine veterinary care. We currently spend $25,000-$30,000 a year on veterinary care for animals at intake. In order to expand our reach, we expect to spend an extra $15,000-$20,000 annually. Help us help them.
"Hays County is beyond lucky to have PAWS and the staff here to help animals. I wish there were more shelters like you around!!" -Alex Cartey
"Thanks to the cleanliness of the shelter, and the knowledge, kindness, and patience of the staff, we are proud "repeat customers" of PAWS Shelter & Humane Society. We adopted Liggett in 2008, FIFA in 2011, and Chuck in 2013, and every adoption experience has brought more joy into our lives. We are eternally grateful to PAWS for having saved, loved, and cared for three of our family members until they could finally make it home." -Melanie Cambron and Jerry Wright
"On Sept 20th -The day I arrived home from a trip my sister asked for my help, A blue pit mix just happenstance on her doorstep (who lives behind me). Already having 5 dogs between the two of us, we couldn't take anymore and my sister couldn't handle this 50lb bundle of joy that landed on her door step. So my job was to do as much as I could to make sure she was a socialized bundle of joy and get her ready to go to a fur-ever home to fulfill her dream and ours of being a 10lb lap dog of happiness. Everyday I would walk her, Everyday she and I would hug and kiss and play with toys, Everyday I would introduce her to sit, fetch, drop it, stay behaviors and our smaller dogs in the family. Within 2 weeks I could let her off the leash to follow me. She wanted to play with all the smaller pups but didn't realize she wasn't 10lbs but 50. She was all about making "us" happy. What I loved was watching her learn, seeing her smile. We knew we could NOT let her go to a shelter and prayed that Paws would accept her. We did all we could to make her ready to go to a no kill shelter and knew, if given a chance, she would be adopted. So Sept.20 through Oct 2nd we had a beautiful loving pit bull in our charge one that stole my heart but I could not keep. On Oct 2nd she went to the PAWS shelter where she immediately showed her bundle of happiness to the volunteers there and they in turn gave her love and happiness back. It was an easy transition for her but it tore my heart up to say goodbye- She was adopted within a few days. I had no doubt someone would find their perfect "best friend". God bless PAWS and those who go there to find their fur-ever family." -Sandra Cherer