Centre County PAWS was founded with the mission of promoting animal welfare and safety. PAWS centers around four core values, which are compassion, generosity, open communication, and responsible practices. Their team embodies these values through adoption, sheltering, education, and community assistance.
PAWS has an extensive network dedicated to caring for animals. They started as a foster only organization in 1980 and have expanded to also include animal adoptions. With over 400 volunteers today, both in the shelter and foster network, their members are the heart and soul of the organization. The shelter is not a kill shelter but works on a waitlist. The team prides themselves on giving each animal the utmost, individualized care. PAWS does not simply house these animals, but provide veterinary care, socialization, meet-and-greets, personalized rooms, and other forms of care.
PAWS has also implemented a pet pantry for who need assistance with caring for their adopted pets. They would rather an animal be able to stay in their adopted home, rather than be returned because the adoptee simply could not financially care for the animal. PAWS has both an in-shelter pantry, which consists of free food, litter, toys, crates, etc., as well as a “Meals on Wheels” service, where pet supplies are delivered directly to those in need.
For more information on Centre County PAWS, including how to adopt, foster, volunteer, or attend events, please visit their website here.