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On my visit to the shelter on March 2, I witnessed two incidents of animal mistreatment by the proprietor.

Her solution to disentangling the claws of a cat from a visitor's jacket was to pry & swat the cat's paws with a stick, obviously stressing out the cat even more, & upsetting those of us who witnessed this behavior.

Shortly thereafter, her solution to stopping two cats from fighting was to come in between them & kick them.

There were other red flags- two traumatized animals in cages by the front door & cats in cages in the back room that the volunteers blocked me from getting close to.

Several of the cats did not respond to my catnip- very unusual for a cat- they seemed unwilling/unable to rouse themselves- in the middle of the day- also unusual cat behavior.

I filed the above complaint with the BBB- they closed the case because the business refused to respond- another reason why this business should be shut down.

A shelter is where one should be safe.....



Wow...I called to see about dropping off two kittens because of a roommate having a severe allergy and the gal just wanted to set up a spay/neuter appointment then she proceeded to tell me they had no room for any kittens. Yeah, great help...NOT. I've volunteered at animal shelters, worked in veterinary hospitals, and NEVER have I been told an animal must be spayed/neutered BEFORE the shelter could find room for them. Most reputable shelters have at least one or more area vets who work with them to spay/neuter surrendered animals. It seems obvious that this shelter does not have a relationship with an area veterinarian which speaks volumes. I'm sure the owner cares for animals very much but so do hoarders. Seems as if someone might have bitten off more than they can chew. Sad.



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She cares

Actually the owner of PAWS cares for the cats because what you don't see is the medication in the back room or the hours she spends on caring for them so before you knock someone from doing a job that they love and has been very helpful for the four legged animal you might want to step back and really take a good long look. Don't judge the book by its cover, Read it first and you may just end up knowing something you didn't know. I would love to see all the people that bad mouth this little shop do what they do there, but they can't they would get tired fast from it. The reason why the cats cost some money is because they make sure the people that are getting the cat really wants the cat so why not pay the price for something you really want. Cats want food and it cost. Cats need a bathroom only they use litter not toilet paper. All the money that cat shelter gets in goes for all the cats. So why would you not want the cats to have the things they need the most to survive? Would you go with out shelter, food or even a bathroom? The answer is NO! I give the people that work at PAWS a thumps up because I know I could not do it.


...loving animals

I adopted 2 kittens from PAWS. Yes, I have to admit that there were some vet bills I had due to respiratory infections and ringworm, but that does not detract from the loving pets I have in my family. They are now adult cats and all my neighbors, friends, and visitors remark on their personable and loving natures. It is neccessary to realize that this shelter does not have the same support as the Humane Society or even animal control. It is run by people who love animals and the evidence is shown by the animals. I will adopt again from PAWS and have to state that the person who mentioned putting down an animal because it had feline leukemia was uninformed and acted foolishly. These animals can live full lives with a little extra care and with other infected animals. If you don't want to take on that responsibility, then return the animal to the shelter.



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Due to sick animals I cannot stress enough: AVOID Paws Animal Shelter.

While the young kittens might tempt you to enter and maybe adopt one: BUYER BEWARE.

We adopted a young kitten from Paws that turned out had both cat leukemia and ring worm. So, not only did we have to put down a new pet, we exposed our other pet cat to both these infectious diseases. When asked where we adopted the pet from the staff at the vets office shook their heads and shared with us that they have seen this same sad story play out dozens of times. The vet who treated our kitten was furious with the ignorance of the owner of Paws. Apparently the veterinary community has confronted the owner in the past on the lack of proper vaccination, leukemia screening and poor health conditions of the Paws facility to no avail. With ringworm, customers themselves can contract the fungus easily from simply walking into their unclean store front and petting the cats or kittens.

We will never return and strongly recommend avoiding Paws Animal Shelter.



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Sweetest kittens around!

PAWS is as great shelter. All the kittens are ""hand raised"" from less than three weeks old (the shelter takes in orphans who no longer have a mother to nurse them, so they come to think that humans are mom and dad). The older cats in the shelter are also easy to choose from; since they are not caged the director and staff know their personalities and can help you find someone who is perfect for your family. The entire place is run on volunteerism and donations from the community. PAWS is absolutely no-kill and extra love!



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Sick kitties.

I was pretty disappointed with this shelter. The kitty I adopted was supposedly healthy as her records state, but as soon as we brought her home, we noticed her sneezing and lots of fluid in the eyes. When I took her for her first exam, discovered she never had her rabies shot or feline HIV testing (a MUST for shelter cats as they can easily contract in such small quarters, another $175 at the vet) this was partially my fault for simply assuming as every other shelter I have adopted cats from had these simple procedures done. The vet was astonished about this. The kitty also spread a respiratory infection she had at the shelter weeks ago and supposedly healed from, to my other cat, which cost me another $200 in vet bills. Oh, and she had many fleas when we first brought her home but a bath took care of that.
All in all we love our kitty but this shelter needs to fork out the money and effort to have these cats taken care of properly with initial shots and testing to protect the other cats. Or prepare to spend a shiny penny on vet bills.

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