People for Animal Welfare Society, dba PAWS of Marion is a 501 (c) (3) no-kill dog rescue group, incorporated in 1993, with 31 combined years of animal and rescue experience amongst our volunteers. PAWS is committed to helping every dog in need regardless of age, health, or breed. Our mission is to rescue unwanted, abandoned, and abused dogs and relocate them to loving and forever homes. PAWS is the only rescue in Crittenden County Arkansas that will pick up dogs from outside of city limits. PAWS has also pulled from local shelters to prevent adoptable dogs from being euthanized. PAWS is funded through donations from our local animal lovers, fund raisers, and the pockets of our dedicated fosters. Over the past two years PAWS has been able to save 400 dogs and place them in loving homes, either through direct adoption or by working with other rescues.
PAWS currently has 60 dogs placed with 7 fosters. Out of these 60, PAWS have 7 that need heartworm treatment, 2 that are being treated for mange, 1 with seizures, and 3 nursing mothers. Additionally, 10 of these dogs have socialization issues that require extensive work by PAWS fosters to teach them that there are good humans in the world.
With the need for PAWS services continuing to grow, our plan is to open the first no-kill shelter in Crittenden County between 2015 and 2016. This would allow PAWS to increase the amount of dogs that are rescued and have a facility that would allow for the people in the surrounding area to safely surrender their dogs. This would also allow for us to have a facility where people could see our adoptable dogs and allow volunteers to come and help us to socialize our rescues. In addition PAWS would like to use the location to host the mobile spay and neuter program. A facility would also allow us to ask local business for corporate sponsorships but if PAWS is unable to obtain funding from the corporate sponsorships then a portion of the building can be used for boarding to help with the cost.
Unfortunately, our current budget is so limited that PAWS staff is using personal credit cards to care for the dogs in rescue. PAWS will simply be unable to realize the goal of opening the proposed no-kill shelter without additional funding. PAWS works very hard every day to save homeless dogs, but it is not always possible. Due to a lack of fosters and funding, sometimes help comes too late.
The people and animals of Crittenden County are in desperate need of a no-kill shelter. Such a space will allow PAWS to increase the number of dogs rescued and would provide a facility that allows individuals living in the surrounding area to safely surrender their dogs. A full-scale shelter will also provide a space for people to see our adoptable dogs and will allow volunteers to better help PAWS socialize rescued animals. In addition PAWS plans to use the location to host PAWS’ mobile spay and neuter program.
Without a facility the number of dogs we can save is limited. For a lot of the dogs in our area we are their only hope.